NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 9!

The last day of NaNoWriMo Prep for 2016 is upon us. Buried in a back booth, delicious dinner over and fresh cup of coffee at hand, I plan on scribbling away until closing time. Cue the Traveler's Notebook. But for as much as I plan on utilizing the next few hours for note taking, the... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 8 of 9

With only two days of prep time left, I'm relieved that the chapter-by-chapter outline is complete! Yesterday afternoon I had a spurt of inspiration that allowed me to be able to fill in the remaining blank lines. That means today's focus is creating the character list. Undoubtedly, there are writers who don't even create a... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 7 of 9

This spot in Georgia was a great place to sit and dream. Natural beauty usually stirs my imagination. Fresh scenes and bits of dialogue seem to float in to my mind like a soft spring breeze. I'm not trying over romanticize the experience; wooded areas are my muse. As I continue to work on the... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 6 of 9

Day 5 was lost in a sea of cookie baking. Like I said in the previous post, the demands of life, even the delicious ones, have a way of sneaking up on ya. I did, however, get something accomplished yesterday which dictates today's prep work. Plot structure. For me, it's not enough to know what... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 4 of 9

Today I plot, but admittedly, distractions abound. Not in the form of groceries, house work, or paying bills. Not even a nice walk in the woods at dusk. No, the distractions for the day are none other than Napoli, Lindor, and company, i.e. the Cleveland Indians. Having waited 19 years for this World Series appearance,... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 3 of 9

Then it happens... The plot has arrived. Rough and in need of more depth, but it has come with all the essential parts to flesh it out into a full-fledged novel. While there is still a long way to go, eureka is the most apt word to describe how I'm feeling at the moment. So... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 2 of 9

Today I am working on the plot of the novel, and I've been reading this gem to help with the basics. Published in 1993 by Writer's Digest Books, "20 Master Plots (And How to Build Them)" is timely even today. Author Ronald B. Tobias provides some great information and advice regarding plots and their types.... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 1 of 9

Soon writers from all over the world will take up their pens (or keyboards) and attempt to write a novel in exactly one month. The measure of success is 50,000 words. That is, according to the fine folks at, 1,667 words each day from November 1 to November 30. That's a lot of words.... Continue Reading →

The Inspirational Moments

It's these moments that inspire the story setting. They say to write what you know. I'm not a farmer, but I do know that there are few sights in the world like dawn breaking over rolling fields and highlighting autumn leaves. Which places inspire your story setting? For readers, which story settings inspire you? -... Continue Reading →

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