Hillary DePiano

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Special pre-order price for Building a Writing Life

Special pre-order price for Building a Writing Life

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Hey! Guess what? I have a new book coming out this October! It’s called Building a Writing Life, after the talk I’ve been doing for the last few years, and it’s all about getting started as a writer and building up a writing habit. It’s the first book in my How to Start Writing Series for Writing Beginners and I know you’re...

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Brave the Page Review: NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program Writing Guide

Brave the Page Review: NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program Writing Guide

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

There’s a new NaNoWriMo guide coming out on August 27th specifically geared towards young writers. It’s called Brave the Page by Rebecca Stern and National Novel Writing Month Executive Director Grant Faulkner and I was lucky enough to score an advanced copy. Regular readers know that I am a great lover of National Novel Writing Month aka...

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Daily Kanban for Writers: Managing Big Picture projects, tasks and works in progress day to day

Daily Kanban for Writers: Managing Big Picture projects, tasks and works in progress day to day

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

This post is a sequel to my original post about Kanban for writers so you may want to start there. But, if not, here’s a quick recap: What is Kanban? Kanban is a project management system that started in manufacturing in which projects are visualized by easily movable cards organized by columns. The idea is to limit the number of projects in progress...

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Review: Can 4TheWords, the fantasy game for writers, be used for editing and other off-site writing?

Review: Can 4TheWords, the fantasy game for writers, be used for editing and other off-site writing?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

4TheWords review in a hurry: While sometimes buggy (as you’d expect from a work in progress), it’s well worth the occasional quirk for this fun and addictive game that motivates you to write more exactly as advertised! And while the site isn’t specifically built for editing or off-site writing, there’s a couple of easy ways to make...

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The Love of Three Oranges changes lives (ok, fine, maybe just one life)

The Love of Three Oranges changes lives (ok, fine, maybe just one life)

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Playwriting, The Love of Three Oranges | 0 comments

Did you see this awesome profile of J’Kalein Madison, a young actor making a splash in the local theatre scene in Waterloo, Iowa? What’s particularly cool is that Madison is a graduate of Waterloo West High School and had this to say about his theatre experience there: Madison originally planned to study law. That changed in his junior year when he...

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LitBit: Can fitness trackers mean more sleep, hydration and physical exercise for writers?

LitBit: Can fitness trackers mean more sleep, hydration and physical exercise for writers?

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Fitbit for Writers Can fitness trackers mean more physical exercise for writers? Can having a little gadget strapped to our wrists really make us take better care of ourselves? I decided to try it out for myself. Writing is a very sedentary act. It involves sitting, often for very long periods of time, while we type until we damage our joints. In fact, one...

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