Sunday is October 1st, and you (might) know what that means! It's officially NaNoPrep season! NaNoPrep is the time period leading up to NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words over the course of the month! NaNoPrep is the time to prepare … Continue reading NaNoPrep 2017
Are you a plotter or a pantser when you write? If you're unfamiliar with those terms, allow me to explain. A "plotter" is a writer who plans and outlines their story ahead of time. Conversely, a pantser writes "by the seat of their pants", with no strict plan to begin with. They simply go where … Continue reading Tools for Organizing Your Story
We've all been there. You start a passion project - you're so excited! - and you make progress and make progress and - hit a wall. Your passion disappears and your project becomes a chore. You lose your vision and your motivation. I have to keep going, you tell yourself. If I stop working on … Continue reading The Benefits of Taking a Break From Your Project
A lot has happened in the past week. Now, I'm not going to go into specific politics here. I'm sure if you spend any time at all on the internet, you've seen more than you can stomach, regardless of your political beliefs. I know I have. I couldn't muster the focus this week to pick … Continue reading General Update 11/11/2016
Well, okay, today isn't Halloween, but since actual Halloween is on a Monday, a lot of people are celebrating today and tomorrow. I'll be attending a Halloween party tonight with the dance troupe I'm in. We're dressing up as elves from The Lord of the Rings! I've got some exciting things happening in the next … Continue reading Happy Halloween!
Well, another Camp NaNoWriMo has come and gone. I did a slightly better job this time, but still failed to meet my word count. Rather than feel discouraged, this forced me to step back and analyze what I, and my story, really need right now. The answer: stop pantsing and start plotting. For those unfamiliar … Continue reading Plotting vs. Pantsing
So far, so good. As of today, July 8th, I've met my word count goal every single day this month! *loud cheering* Granted, I made July MUCH easier than I had made April. My daily word count goal is a meager 500 words per day, for a total of 15,500 words by the end of … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016