NaNoWriMo Day 13: What’s with the Ducks, You Ask?

In the Before Times, rubber ducks were the mascot for Seattle area NaNoWriMo participants. (In case you haven’t heard it rains here a lot, but we like it.) We’d place one in our writing space during NaNoWriMo to identify each other. It was a cool way for participants to meet and commiserate. I carried one[…]

NaNoWriMo Day 12: How it Went

I didn’t meet my word count for Day 12, but the day wasn’t a complete wash. After my morning workout, I revised and edited an article. I also worked on some marketing campaigns for my novella. Those writing-related endeavors took up a good chunk of my time devoted to writing. I jotted down some notes[…]

NaNoWriMo Day 11: The Day I Wrote ALL THE WORDS

I started day 11 of NaNoWriMo at 4:30am, groggily trudging downstairs to make coffee. I wrote two thousand words by noon, and took a walk with the kids and kitten during lunch. I sat down this afternoon and wrote another thousand. My word count now totals 19,054, which is ahead. I could keep going, but[…]

NaNoWriMo Day 10: Writer’s Block

Have you ever had a really good dream, but your bodily functions wake you? After you take care of necessities and climb back into bed and you can’t quite get comfortable again and you try really hard to get back into that dream and sink into bliss. It keeps you awake because you just can’t[…]

NaNoWriMo Day 8: Why I’m Okay with Hitting Shy of the Mark

In the chart above, you can see that my daily word count is like Zoro’s signature mark, zig zagging. But, on a daily basis, I’m hitting either the mark or just below. I’m okay with not hitting the word count every day. I’m okay with not ‘winning’ NaNoWriMo. Why? Because I’m writing every day. I’m[…]

Why a Middle-Aged Protagonist?

In fantasy, protagonists tend to be 10-25 years old, untested and learning a life lesson. Those stories teach us that adults know it all and the young are the only ones who need to keep learning. That’s bull crap. You must keep learning and unlearning in life. Human minds continue to grow and develop, even[…]

NaNoWriMo Day 5: How It Went

I started my day working out and cleaning. I have a terrible habit of letting everything go during national novel writing month, but I’d decided that this year I was going to do three things different: 1. Exercise regularly.2. Cook healthy meals.3. Not let the house or other things go. I broke rule one by[…]

NaNoWriMo Day 4: How It Went

Today started with checking the internet for election results. I realized that was only an anxiety-inducing spiral, so I started up a virtual write-in for my writers group. The story took a bit to get started, but then the words flowed from my fingers. A subplot developed, and I wrote two scenes that weren’t even[…]

NaNoWriMo Day 3: How It Went

Normally on Tuesdays, I lift weights, but I was having car trouble so had to rent a car while mine received repairs. It’s pouring rain and visibility is low. The rental placed moved and the nice lady in the business where the rental place used to be stared at us blankly and said, ‘E******** hasn’t[…]

NaNoWriMo Day 2: How It Went

I woke up at my usual time around 6 am. Instead of going to the gym, I went straight for coffee and my laptop. I started up a virtual write-in for one writer’s group while doing word sprints in another writer’s group thread. I wrote 2, 656 words today for a grand total of 5,[…]

NaNoWriMo Eve: Are You Ready?

November is National Novel Writing Month, where you write 50,000 words (The technical word count of a complete novel, albeit a short one.) by December 1st. I’m going about NaNoWriMo differently this year. I’m already 30k words into my rough draft of Eastside Faerie, so I’m going to write 50k and update my progress here.[…]

Point of View (POV): An Important Choice in Story Craft

Ever read something where you’re not sure who’s telling the story? Unless you’re an English professor or have been to a writing workshop with new writers, probably not. Experienced writers know that choosing a POV is an important part of writing a story. But what is “point of view,” besides who is telling the story?[…]