Most writers are spending this last week reviewing their 2016 goals and looking ahead to 2017. I’ve been thinking about them for a couple of weeks. I didn’t hit all of my goals as I had wanted. But I sure gave it a better chance than last year. Every year things improve more for me. … Continue reading The Good and the Bad of My 2016 Writing Goals
Four. Four times. Four times I’ve started this book, and for the first time since I “won” my first National Novel Writing Month in 2012, I “won” this year. I pat myself on the back. I am so proud. And it’s not that I’m proud that I finished the 50,000 words of the NaNoWriMo challenge. … Continue reading Did you get good results with NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, arrives in a few days so I’m plotting out the book I’ll write during the annual event. I’m attempting for the third time to write the third book of a trilogy. I’m hoping third time’s a charm, as the saying goes. I’m ready for this novel to be done. … Continue reading Why is Preparing for NaNoWriMo so Difficult?
Camp National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner. I prefer to do Camp in July over the regular NaNo in November or even Camp in April. July is the least busy month of the year for me, especially the last few years. The last couple of years I've actually “won” Camp NaNo. For … Continue reading 5 Reasons Camp NaNo is More Awesome Than NaNo
We are in the third full week of the new year, and I have already blown my writer goals. Yes, that’s right. How does that happen? I know exactly how it happens. I feel like I am doing the great writer hoax. I mean I am not doing as I said I would so doesn’t … Continue reading The Great Writer Hoax
For a couple of weeks now, I have thought about my writing goals for this year. I even joined other writers in a Facebook event hoping to get some ideas. I know what I want to do this year. Or, at least, I think I do. I feel the need to write them down in … Continue reading How to Set Writer Goals
Are you looking for that perfect gift for the writer in your life? As a writer myself, I appreciate things that help me. Buying for a writer is fairly easy when you think about what they need to be a good and healthy writer. You can get a variety of things for whatever suits your … Continue reading 10 Things Every Writer Needs
Yes, I failed at National Novel Writing Month this year. Well, I don’t know if “failed” is the word I should use, though. I still managed to write over 18K words in the first half of the month. So really it’s not a total failure. Maybe I should say I didn’t “win” NaNo. By the … Continue reading How to Fail at NaNoWriMo
This year hasn’t been an easy one for me. It’s one of those years that I am ready for it to be over. Have you ever had one of those years? Everything that could happen did. While I won’t go into details here, the people closest to me know the circumstances. As Thanksgiving approaches, I … Continue reading 7 Ways to be Thankful
Back in April I published my second fiction novel. I had published the first one in June 2013 so I wasn’t too upset with myself for the length of time between novels. Writer’s block has gotten me, though. No matter how hard I try to motivate myself to do some writing I can’t get going. … Continue reading How to Take Charge of Your Writer’s Block
About a month ago I wrote a review about a book called Easy Cash Writing. It’s a great book that taught me quite a bit so I decided to give another of Rob Parnell’s books a chance. This time I read The Easy Way to Write a Novel That Sells. It’s as informative as his … Continue reading The Zen of The Easy Way to Write a Novel That Sells
Some people may or may not agree with me. Scrivener has changed how I write my novels making it so much easier. When I first started writing years ago, I used the old-fashioned pen and paper to write the story and then a typewriter to make it look “professional,” or as professional as it could … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Use Scrivener