Hillary DePiano

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Do the weird stuff! In defense of writing what you’re afraid is stupid or juvenile

Do the weird stuff! In defense of writing what you’re afraid is stupid or juvenile

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Clone Rocker, Evergreen, M5, New Year's Thieve, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Polar Twilight | 0 comments

My brain works in mysterious, often not particularly mainstream, ways. Every year, with NaNoWriMo, I sit down with the other writers and, when someone inevitably asks me what I’m writing, I get a response best described as, “Haha, very funny. What are you really writing?” Possibly this is because I’m known for cracking wise....

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My NaNoWriMo novel is DONE, to the surprise of everyone (including me)!

My NaNoWriMo novel is DONE, to the surprise of everyone (including me)!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Clone Rocker, My Writing | 0 comments

I was in a NaNoWriMo write-in last night when, suddenly, my novel ended. We were doing a word sprint and I couldn’t think of what scene came next (because, while I didn’t outline, I did formulate a list of scenes I thought might appear somewhere just to give me something to refer back to when I got off stuck). I checked my list and, huh, this...

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On being an NaNoWriMo ML, a writing role model, and my own writing journey

On being an NaNoWriMo ML, a writing role model, and my own writing journey

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Clone Rocker, My Writing, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

I don’t know how to write this blog post without sounding like a jerk but here goes. I’m ahead on NaNoWriMo. Like, really ahead. And this is going to sound like bragging but it’s really just a statement of fact: I’m ahead and I’m not even working all that hard.  Every single word of that was written at a write-in, specifically...

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Tips for keeping a new idea fresh when you’re stuck working on something else

Tips for keeping a new idea fresh when you’re stuck working on something else

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Clone Rocker, Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

I’m so excited. I can’t wait to start my NaNoWriMo novel. I want to be writing it RIGHT NOW! Usually, when people complain about having to wait to start their NaNoWriMo novels, I point them to this post and all the reasons I recommend just going ahead and starting it early (which is allowed!). But this year, that’s me! I’m...

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My new Work in Progress, nicknamed Clone Rocker, will be my 2014 NaNoWriMo novel

My new Work in Progress, nicknamed Clone Rocker, will be my 2014 NaNoWriMo novel

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Clone Rocker, External Stimuli, Mistress Novel, My Writing | 0 comments

One of the strangest pregnancy side effect is weird dreams. Like, dreams so vivid and dark  that your doctor actually warns you about them ahead of time so you don’t think you’ve gone completely insane. So, like, next level weird. Yeah, that’s a thing. Anyway, when I was pregnant with my daughter back in 2012, I had many of these crazy...

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