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Writers, Get Ready: Five Steps Toward NaNoPrep Success

October is here – Halloween, Indigenous People Day, and pumpkin spice everything happens during this month. What rings most important to writers everywhere is one word: NaNoPrep! This month is the time to gear up for NaNoWriMo, which can be both refreshing and excruciating! All writers know about the stressfest NaNo in November tends to… Read More Writers, Get Ready: Five Steps Toward NaNoPrep Success

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

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The Scream In The Car

You can’t punch a keystroke these days without running into a blog post about stress and how to rid yourself of it. Unsolicited advice inundates your social media timelines. It’s plastered within the glossy pages of magazines in your doctor’s office. And, be honest: we all have that one friend who swears by the rigors… Read More The Scream In The Car

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Why Having a “Work in Progress” Isn’t a Bad Thing

Writers often have a love/hate relationship with finishing a manuscript. On one hand, there’s nothing quite like the sweet relief that comes with writing ‘The End’ when finishing a work in progress (or WIP). I recently had this gratifying experience with the first draft of my upcoming novel, The Follow. Over sixty-six thousand words of… Read More Why Having a “Work in Progress” Isn’t a Bad Thing

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The Revenge Muse – Creating Characters Based on Real People (Without Being Too Petty)

Characters. I love meeting mine for the first time.  We’re virtual strangers through the first draft and BFFs by the final.  While often they are reflections of ourselves, characters (if we creatives allow them) can write their own story with us only punching the keys. That said, it ain’t all unicorns and rainbows, either. For… Read More The Revenge Muse – Creating Characters Based on Real People (Without Being Too Petty)