nanowrimo

NaNoWriMo and Trusting “Future You”

NaNoWriMo Begins! Year 14 of National Novel Writing Month for me started yesterday. Well, NaNoWriMo started for everyone yesterday, but it’s year 14 for me. (Starting in 2001 should have made it easy to figure out, but I seem to forget every year which year it is for me.) I’m part of a NaNoWriMo facebook group, and… Read more NaNoWriMo and Trusting “Future You”

NaNoWriMo Week 2: What’s Wrong With My Novel

It’s week 2 of Nanowrimo, fellow writers, and that usually means a dark slide into quiet despair. (Or loud despair, if the forums are any indication.) Even after all these years of winning Nanowrimo, I am not immune to the week 2 doldrums, and Playing Knotty is giving me a hell of a difficult time.… Read more NaNoWriMo Week 2: What’s Wrong With My Novel

A Guide to Winning NaNoWriMo – Part 2: Planning Tips

We’ve battened down the old hatches here in New England as we await the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, and I’m hoping to get this post out soon in case we lose power. More importantly, though, I need to finish my Nanowrimo planning! Some people spend months planning their November novels, but I’m not one of… Read more A Guide to Winning NaNoWriMo – Part 2: Planning Tips

A Guide to Winning NaNoWriMo – Part 1: General Tips

It’s almost November, and around here, November means National Novel Writing Month. The month hasn’t snuck up on me this time; rather, it’s loomed slowly out of the shadows like a great hulking beast, and I’ve watched it come with what may seem, to others, like an inappropriate lack of fear. We’re exactly one week… Read more A Guide to Winning NaNoWriMo – Part 1: General Tips

Literary Abandon, Indeed… National Novel Writing Month, a Personal History

It’s October again. Here in New England, the leaves are turning colors and beginning to fall, everything comes in Pumpkin flavor, and my husband surreptitiously opens the bedroom windows in the evening so it drops to freezing temperatures by bedtime. It’s also the month where a young writer’s fancy turns to thoughts of National Novel… Read more Literary Abandon, Indeed… National Novel Writing Month, a Personal History