Earlier this week, I had the extreme honor of chatting with a 4th grade class in Virginia (via Google Hangout from California) to discuss NaNoWriMo, and how they could write a novel in 30 days. The class will be trying their hand at this challenge, with an appropriate word goal for 9-year-olds, and had so … Continue reading Being chased by a novel (NaNoWriMo prep)
NaNoWriMo is coming up! All right, it’s technically coming up in November. However, it’s never too early to start thinking about NaNoWriMo, it’s only too early to start writing for NaNoWriMo. What is NaNoWriMo? From the website: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin … Continue reading 11 tips to “winning” NaNoWriMo
Yup. I won NaNoWriMo! Yesterday I crammed in 5500 words to cross the 50K finish line. Today, I wrote another 4000 words. And this weekend I plan to wrap up the novel altogether with the last two chapters of Love Truffle No. 9, thus completing the (very) rough draft of my second book in the … Continue reading Winning NaNoWriMo, and a few other exciting tidbits
Today the validator was posted at the NaNoWriMo website, allowing those of us doing this crazy challenge to validate our novels when we reach 50,000 words. I reached 50K on Nov. 22, but am still going with the story. Still, I couldn’t help jumping the gun and validating my novel, just so I could get … Continue reading NaNoWriMo WIN, and how I did it
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Want to “win”? Here are 10 tips to consider: 1. Create a story plan before November 1. Whether it’s just a paragraph, or a detailed outline, it helps to know what you’ll be writing about instead of wasting time staring at a blank page. 2. Set a daily writing … Continue reading 10 tips towards winning NaNoWriMo
Check out more NaNo comic like the one above at nanotoons.net. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write a book. It’s been my deepest desire, the dream that topped my bucket list. I wanted it so bad that sometimes, when I thought hard enough about it, I could barely breathe. I … Continue reading What NaNoWriMo taught me about writing a book
Everyone has limits. Here are mine.
I live in Northern California where we’re experiencing a horrible and terrifying fire emergency – the Kincade Fire – and I want to offer a quick update on what’s going on in my neck of the woods.
Every new year, I dedicate that year to a specific word that will shape the next 365 days and hopefully take me further in my improvement journey. I always pray and meditate on this word, waiting on God to reveal the things in my life that need my attention and the theme that will guide … Continue reading The words that led me to my year of confidence
Book-release hangover is real. Or maybe I should say vulnerability hangover. I go through it every single time I write or release a book. Writing it, editing it, tweaking it, gathering excitement about it, feeling so proud of it, releasing it to the world. And then, the hangover. I released Hope at the Crossroads on … Continue reading Book-release hangover is real