Hillary DePiano

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NaNoWriMo Advanced Word Count Calculator (charts, percentages, stats and more!)

NaNoWriMo Advanced Word Count Calculator (charts, percentages, stats and more!)

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Evergreen, My Writing, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 11 comments

I know that some of you out there are as obsessive as me when it comes to trying to figure out how far along you are in National Novel Writing Month so I decided to share my personal calculator. It’s simple but powerful. This calculator will work in Open Office, Microsoft Excel or Google Drive, depending on what you use. But it works best in Google...

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What is Hillary doing for NaNoWriMo 2017?

What is Hillary doing for NaNoWriMo 2017?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales) | 0 comments

“What are you doing for NaNoWriMo this year, Hillary?” Is a thing people keep asking me and I keep answering something along the lines of, “Haha, just trying to survive!” And they laugh. But I am not joking. Like, can I get real for a moment? I’m the lone ML for a pretty big region with a packed calendar, I have an infant and...

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“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Evergreen, Playwriting | 0 comments

This is post 15 of 15 in the series “Self-Publishing a Stage Play” I covered this already in my Self-Publishing a Stage Play series in another post but this is far and away the most frequently asked question on this series so let’s have another go at it, shall we? “What if someone tries to perform my play without permission?”...

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“Help! I have no motivation to complete my book. What should I do?”

“Help! I have no motivation to complete my book. What should I do?”

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

You can always tell when I’m catching up on my inbox when I do a lot of mailbag posts in a row. Relatedly, here’s another one: We met last year during NaNoWriMo (October 2016) in preparation for our arduous month ahead. Thanks for all the great info. I wrote 50K words that month and almost completed my suspense novel. I have perhaps 20 pages to...

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