The What-If: NaNoWriMo Prep

My NaNoWriMo novel idea is all wrong. That's the revelation I've had in the last twenty-four hours. Twelve days before November 1st, with pages of planning already under way, it struck me that while the story I was plotting was a good story in itself, it's the wrong story with which to wrap up my... Continue Reading →

Road Map: NaNoWriMo Prep

Eighteen days until November 1 and the excitement is thick in our home. Or, more accurately, I'm so full of excitement that it's spilling over into every corner of our one room apartment. 😁 I'm grateful for my supportive husband who is pursuing his own passions - he understands the drive that pushes me to... Continue Reading →

The Beginning, Again

Just as the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, so the journey of a story begins with one idea. As of this morning I find myself at the beginning again; it is time to step forward with that one idea that will lead to the journey of writing my third novel. I'm... Continue Reading →

The Deadline: A Lesson Learned

Saturday, August 5th, 2017 is the deadline for submitting my manuscript to my writers' critique group. I've known since the end of the winter that I was in the slot for the August critique, and so months ago I laid out my elaborate timeline: a month dedicated to research followed by two months to write... Continue Reading →

Update: Five Months After

I hit 50,000 words around the 15th during NaNoWriMo 2016. You can imagine my elation at achieveing the goal and still having two weeks to go! A new finish line formed in the distance: complete the entire first draft of the novel. I was set. I was ready. Then I was stopped.  Stopped by one... Continue Reading →

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 →

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