NaNoWriMo, Writing

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Crafting The Sequel

National Novel Writing Month. Better yet, the month before National Novel Writing Month.  NaNoPrep almost feels like you’re gearing up all October long to go on a hike – a mental, creative hike. But, for a notorious planner like me, the prep is required.  NaNo is a 30-day journey to a 50,000-word goal. 1,667 words… Read More The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Crafting The Sequel

NaNoWriMo, Savage Series

Two Words: Still. Savage.

Even though I am still knee-deep in final edits for The Follow, (which you really should preorder, BTW), I still need to get ready for Camp! The second CampNaNoWriMo for 2017 begins in July, but I’m taking it easy this summer. One, I’m only challenging myself to write 25,000 words during the 31-day challenge. And… Read More Two Words: Still. Savage.

NaNoWriMo, Thirty On Tap

Why I Quit NaNoWriMo

My mother taught me a lot as a child. Even as a grown woman approaching forty, I continue to receive pearls from her – even from three hundred miles away where she resides in my hometown of Chicago. One thing she often reminded me to do was to finish what I start. ‘Don’t be a… Read More Why I Quit NaNoWriMo

Author Spotlight, NaNoWriMo

Guest Post: I Didn’t Win NaNoWriMo

Today marks the last day of NaNoWriMo 2016.  Writers participating in the annual event are feeling an array of emotions: excitement, trepidation, fear, relief.  The list is endless, as are the possibilities of what a writer can do with a complete (albeit possibly choppy) first draft. Guest blogger, novelist Kasia Manolas, speaks today of her experience and… Read More Guest Post: I Didn’t Win NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo, Writing

My Scary Weekend Before NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo begins in less than forty-eight hours.  So come 11:59pm on Halloween evening, I will be hunkered down over my laptop, locked and loaded to begin my November journey toward fifty thousand words. I should be an old pro at this.  I even self-published my 2014 and 2015 winners, garnering over a hundred reviews between the two novels.… Read More My Scary Weekend Before NaNoWriMo