Cleaning House Before NaNoWriMo

How many people out there are participating in NaNoWriMo? Raise your hands. Wow, that's a lot! Good for you! Those of you who are NOT participating probably have a variety of reasons for skipping it this year: You're already in the middle of another project and don't want to break your momentum to start something …

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What I Learned from NaNoWriMo

Today I completed 50,000 words, thus making me a #NaNoWriMo2015 winner. Winning NaNo was a goal I'd set for myself a few weeks ago, and I am definitely feeling a sense of accomplishment for having achieved this goal. I'm pleased that I now have 50K words toward my first draft, but the greatest takeaway from …

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NaNoWriMo and Setting Realistic Goals

It's mid-November and for those authors who signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month where authors make a commitment to write a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days), we're knee deep in novel-writing frenzy. Or, at least we're supposed to be. For authors who are on track toward achieving their goal, NaNoWriMo provides …

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To NaNo or not to NaNo

As most of you writers out there know, November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The rules according to the NaNoWriMo website are as follows:Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between November 1 and November 30.Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character …

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