November Equals NaNoWriMo

When I first heard about NaNoWriMo , I thought it was some crazy contest. All I could think of was Robin William’s alien greeting on Mork and Mindy, Na-Nu, Na-Nu.

I soon learned that NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) was a unique opportunity to get the bones of a finished novel written in the space of one month. Not even a thirty-one day month! http://nanowrimo.org/Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiRes

Four years ago, in the midst of a writing dry spell, I decided to put my half-finished cozy aside and take the… Continue reading

This Writer’s Revenge

books, mysteryI wrote my first story, a murder mystery, when I was about ten years old. I know I was influenced by my mother’s love of mysteries. She’d take me to the library every week and we’d go to the area of the stacks where all the book bindings had a yellow sticker with a Sherlock Holmes type imprint. I loved walking along the cool, dim rows between bookshelves reading titles that evoked bloody images. I know, sick, huh?

The other person who influenced that first story was my brother… Continue reading

Another Year’s Growth

2014 calendarOrdinarily, the onset of a new year brings on a sense of melancholy. I feel as though I’m losing something that I can never get back. You know, like the song lyrics, “Should auld acquaintance be forgot?” This year I decided to look back on 2013 with a more positive eye and focus on all that I’ve accomplished as a writer.

I was surprised at what I discovered. The most important result of my evaluation turned out to be growth, growth in confidence and growth in skill. In the… Continue reading

To NaNo or not to NaNo?

NaNoWriMo CrestNovember is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo.  Thousands of writers of all ages, from all walks of life, writing in all genres, from just about every country in the world, decide that during the month of November they are going to write 50,000 words – which equates to roughly 1,670 words a day, every day, for 30 days straight.

This, my friends, causes severe perspiration.  There is absolutely no time to wait for inspiration.  You simply apply fingers to keys and pour the words… Continue reading

National Novel Writing Month

In a little over a week, NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month, will begin. The goal of this one-month writing marathon is to write 50,000 words, hopefully a rough draft of your next novel. If you break that down to days, it comes to about 1,666 words.

When I first contemplated taking the challenge, those numbers gave me pause. I didn’t think I could do it. I’d already been working on one book for over a year and had only half that number of words written.

The idea, however, was enticing. I went online and read about this strange… Continue reading