Hillary DePiano

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The value of creating a timeline of all your writing works in progress & their stages

The value of creating a timeline of all your writing works in progress & their stages

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Asplode, Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, The Muppet Play, Wife Novel, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

I have created a very simple and very effective writing motivator. It’s a spreadsheet in which I’ve listed every one of my works in progress. This ranges from finished and published works to ideas I’ve only just started to jot down notes for. I’ve given myself space to input the date when each project transitioned to a new stage (ie...

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Turns out the finishing touch this novel needs is for me to rewrite the entire thing from scratch

Turns out the finishing touch this novel needs is for me to rewrite the entire thing from scratch

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Asplode, Mistress Novel, The Fourth Orange | 0 comments

For most of my life, I worked on the project affectionately known as Wife Novel. I have rewritten it close to two dozen times completely from scratch and it still isn’t something I’d like to show anyone yet. But I bring it up because, I was determined to finish Wife Novel before I was allowed to work on anything else which is why, for the...

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My 2012 Pledge: To write 500,000 words this year (Again.)

My 2012 Pledge: To write 500,000 words this year (Again.)

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Asplode, Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, The Muppet Play, TheLibrary, Wife Novel | 0 comments

Last year, I took an in depth look into my writing habits (see Looking back on past writing goals and tweaking them for the future) and, without repeating myself, I think my tweaks were good. I passed 400,000 words for the year late on 12/30 which was later than I’d hoped to but still pretty good. Though I struggled to meet it this year, I’m...

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NaNoWriMo 2011 debriefed

NaNoWriMo 2011 debriefed

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Asplode, My Writing, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 2 comments

“I can’t wait to not be writing this book anymore.” -Me, to my husband yesterday I spent so much time this month being a good little ML and writing articles about NaNoWriMo that I didn’t actually write a single post about my own personal NaNo journey which is odd. Usually I can’t shut up about how my novel is going and I...

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Snow in October: the story of our 5 day power outage

A brief history of the project called Asplode (aka my NaNoWriMo 2010 & 2011 novel)

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 in Asplode, External Stimuli, My Writing, Personally... | 3 comments

So, for posterity, we had a freakish out of season snowstorm on October 29th. Because there were still leaves on the trees, the snow pulled down many, many branches and whole trees. If you aren’t in the area, it’s really hard to explain just how massive the damage was and how, over a week later, it’s still not even really cleaned up....

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