Advice for Camp NaNoWriMo

Because I am a glutton for punishment, I am participating in this April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. Although I write every day throughout the year, I enjoy the sense of community and cocksureness that comes with a NaNoWriMo marathon. I go in every year for the November event and over the past couple of years I’ve triedContinue reading “Advice for Camp NaNoWriMo”

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Making 2017 the Year of Rejections

“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” ― Sylvia Plath Rejection has been on my mind a lot lately. First there was this article by Kim Liao where she suggests that new writers aim for 100 rejections a year. There were the podcasts by Mur Lafferty wherein she talks about rejection as an inevitable, evenContinue reading “Making 2017 the Year of Rejections”

Writer’s Wishlist: Gift Ideas for the Writers in Your Life

Image credit: “A Million Hearts of Love” by JFXie is licensed under CC BY 4.0 With the winter holidays approaching, my mind is fixed on what I want to gift my loved ones this year. If a writer is among your loved ones, here are some ideas you might want to look into: Pens/Pencils Even ifContinue reading “Writer’s Wishlist: Gift Ideas for the Writers in Your Life”

NaNoWriMo 2016: Post-mortem

Phew. Well, that was one hell of a ride. My ninth National Novel Writing Month turned out to be a doozy. My initial rebellious streak was quickly quashed, and I found myself reconsidering whether or not NaNoWriMo was indeed the right forum for me to try something as ambitious as marathon revisions – it certainlyContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2016: Post-mortem”

How I’m Doing NaNoWriMo Differently This Year

This is my 9th year participating in NaNoWriMo, and this year I’m doing things a little differently. See that? I ticked that box. I am now, officially, a NaNo Rebel. I’d been hemming and hawing for weeks as to whether or not I should join in the festivities this year. I didn’t want to breakContinue reading “How I’m Doing NaNoWriMo Differently This Year”

NaNoWriMo Prep 2016

I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month every year for the past eight years (and met the target goal four of those years). I love the sense of camaraderie and good spirit associated with the event, and the feeling of accomplishment for having met my goal has always been worth the strenuous daily word counts.Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Prep 2016”

Getting the Work Done: Tools to Fight Procrastination

  I am one of the world’s best procrastinators. Admittedly this is a difficult thing to measure as most people are pretty private about their failures and procrastination is, by and large, failing – failing to start, failing to make progress, failing to finish, failing to act – but if ten thousand hours is theContinue reading “Getting the Work Done: Tools to Fight Procrastination”