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

NaNoWriMo, Writing

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Almost Doesn’t Count (A 60-Second Pep Talk)

We’ve reached the halfway point of Camp NaNoWriMo so I’ll keep this post short. Besides, you don’t have time to read because you’re completely blocked a writing machine! That said, it’s time for a midway self-check: Is your narrative flowing like the Mississippi? Is your word count goal on point? Are your characters doing exactly… Read More The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Almost Doesn’t Count (A 60-Second Pep Talk)

NaNoWriMo, Savage Series

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: My Camp NaNo, By The Numbers

Camp NaNoWriMo starts in less than twenty-four hours… As I’ve expressed in past blog entries, I am super excited to start the first book of the Cougarette spinoff series, Savage. I even have the cover art reserved…for a book I haven’t written yet (I blame Amanda Walker!). That’s me putting the cart before the horse,… Read More The NaNoWriMo Diaries: My Camp NaNo, By The Numbers