NOV
04
1

Hacking NaNoWriMo: How To Get What You Need at the Most Creative Time of the Year

Hacking NaNoWriMo: How To Get What You Need at the Most Creative Time of the Year
NaNoWriMo will rock you if you need to write daily with abandon toward a clear goal of completing a novel. And if you win—finish your novel in 30 days—the experience will feed you the delicious taste of a creative dream fulfilled. But I’m just not dreaming about another messy manuscript on my credenza. I have enough of those. My NaNoWriMo wish this year? Complete several dangling creative projects. The list looks something like this: revise chapters integrate feedback into a final draft&nbs......
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NOV
05
3

NaNoWriMo 2014 Week 1 Update

NaNoWriMo 2014 Week 1 Update
Word Count Goal As of Today: 11,665 Actual Word Count: 10,558 In previous years, I've sailed through the first week of NaNoWriMo with a sense of lightness and ease. This week, I'm reaching my 2333-word daily goal in under two hours, and I like what I'm writing. The characters have deepened. New crises and predicaments have risen. I'll reach today's word-count goal, no problem. Week 1 Plan: In week 1, I wanted to write new material for The Grass In California, my sweeping, 4-decade, state......
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OCT
22
2

Fall Creativity Update

Fall Creativity Update
I’ve accomplished a lot this year, creatively speaking. I set lofty goals with my 2014 creative plans, and though I didn’t reach every one, I’ve managed to make progress on five novel projects this year. My writing group finished reading, Turning Out, my first novel, and pushed me to drop a casual inquiry note to the editor who's been sitting on it since January. She responded with excellent news: I'm in the "not sure yet" pile. Meanwhile, you can now read Chapter 21 of Turning Out because ......
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MAR
13
8

My 2014 Creative Work Plan

SG_blog_inspirationIt happened somewhere between posting Confessions of a Serial WriMo and scribbling my last few words for the win. I realized something big: I wrote the first draft of novel #1 during NaNoWriMo 2008. I have since written 4 more novels during subsequent Novembers while getting novel #1 into readable shape. That’s 6 years of revisions--for one novel! 6 years multiplied by 4 more novels is 24 years. Although I'm proud of what I've accomplished as a writer, I can't afford an extra quarte......
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NOV
08
0

NaNoWriMo Day 8: My Life as a WriMo

NaNoWriMo 2011, day 8 Today's personal word-count goal: 19,998 Today's actual word-count so far: 17,620 Ahead or behind? Behind! I've got 2,378 words to write today. Years I'm Writing About: 1991-1993, on my Facebook Page you can contribute your own words about these years. In 2008, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, and my life has changed forever. My 2008 novel is in its 5th draft now. I can see a light at the end of the revision tunnel. I just revisited 2009's manuscript ......
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