With less than three months left in the year, I’ve been forced to conclude that my self-imposed challenge of being courageous has been a dismal failure. My life in general feels like failure, really. I’ll allow myself one paragraph of self pity to give you an idea before we move on: I killed my air … More Phoebe Gets the Yips
With 14 days left in November, I decided to continue NaNoWriMo in hopes of completing it: 1) because I haven’t lost yet, 2) because I was terrified of letting my writing vibe shrivel and die in the wake of a terrible autumn, 3) because I’m a little crazy, as any of the kids in my … More NaNoWriMo: Take Two
For the record, I still have no idea what I’m doing. … More NaNoWriMo 2016 – Day One
Yes, I’m avoiding everything. Life is crappy (but looking up, right?) and my plot for NaNoWriMo crumbled into too many pieces for me to even hope to put back into some semblance of order. … More Evasive Action!
Look at me! I have a plan now! … More Another November, Another NaNoWriMo
One of the ways in which the main character is like me is that she hates to be still. She gets satisfaction in working. She has a hard time being inactive. When things start to go wrong, she looks for external solutions, and she has a hard time giving over her struggles to God. … More Write What You Know, Even When It Terrifies You
I discovered (or decided) this year that November is one of my favorite months. While most of my family prefers September and October with their flares of color and warmth, I prefer the gray transition from autumn to winter. Jo, in one of her moments of brutal honesty the other day, said this difference of … More Farewell to November
I’m not afraid to cut things out or rearrange them until they look nice. However, I do it with the betterment of the book in mind, not out of spite for it. Since before I finished the first draft, I’ve had these changes planned. More, I’m enjoying this stage of bookcraft more than the first draft. I’m relishing it.
Or, I was.
Until I neglected NaNoWriMo for a week to finish reading the final book in a new series I picked up.
Now I hate myself. I hate my work. I’m pretty sure it’s all garbage. … More The Life-Cycle of a Writer’s Work
There’s an urban legend among Wrimos that Week 2 is the hardest. You’ve survived a whole week of writing, got through the beginning, and now you have to get down to the story. The glimmer has faded and the nitty-gritty has moved in. Maybe it’s because my story will by no means be finished in … More NaNoWriMo: Week 3
To me, there is one thing about writing which draws me to it more than anything else, and that is how stories take on a life of their own. We’re 4 days into November and NaNoWriMo. With the help of a few chapters I had taken for a test drive back in September, I’m well … More NaNoWriMo Update: Maintaining the Pace
I’ve learned a lot about myself and my writing in the last few years. Namely, that it is in my best interest and that of the story if I have at least a vague outline including an end goal. I used to never finish books because I wrote by the seat of my pants and every single scene was a surprise. I would get five or six chapters in and be completely lost with no easy way of getting back on any sort of coherent track, and then get frustrated and give up.
This year, I’m prepared. … More National Novel Writing Month – Outline Version