Here's a peek at my NaNoWriMo word count stats, and how I made a phobia-ridden turtle trainer get on a plane for a scavenger hunt in Fiji.
To get you ready for National Novel Writing Month, here are my favorite books on writing and creativity.
For this year’s NaNoWriMo, I broke all my own rules. I let the inner critic sit on my shoulder the whole time I wrote the story. I only plotted the first part of the story, leaving me fumbling as I tried to pants my way through the rest. I kept my social media running in … Continue reading PNSD: Post NaNoWriMo Stress Disorder
As I gear up for the release of Hope at the Crossroads (Oct. 24!), I thought I'd take a moment to share about my writing process. I always love reading how other authors crank out their novels, don't you?First, I fully admit that I'm not writing any books at the moment. My focus is on … Continue reading Writing process: How to write a novel fast
Every November, hundreds of thousands of writers commit to a month of solitude for a national (even worldwide) phenomenon known as National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo. The goal is to have a 50,000-word story at the end of 30 days. I have taken part in NaNoWriMo since 2010, and it’s a big reason why … Continue reading Prepping for NaNoWriMo
I’m about to tell you about the book that almost never was. Every year I write a book for National Novel Writing Month in November. This last year, however, I was stumped. I had just written Reclaim Your Creative Soul, and that book took a lot of energy out of me. I figured I would … Continue reading The book that almost never was
My favorite part of being an author is when I am actually creating the story, immersed in a whole different world than the one I am living in. As I'm writing, my characters are all around me. The scene takes over the room. Their emotions become my emotions, and their drama becomes my drama. When … Continue reading NaNoWriMo LIVE: What it’s like to write the story
I have finished the Prologue and Chapter 1 of my NaNoWriMo novel, and they are now live at Wattpad! For those of you who love Peter Pan fan fiction and would like to follow along, go to http://w.tt/1KVHVXD. Click on Table of Contents, and start with the Prologue. When you're done, continue reading Chapter 1. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2015: Chapter 1 is live!
Day 1 down, 29 more to go. This morning I woke up at 4:30 a.m., thanks to daylight savings. Honestly, I was counting on that early wake up time to get in some serious writing before heading off to church. So imagine my disappointment when my husband wakes up two hours later and I had … Continue reading NaNoWriMo LIVE: Posting chapter by chapter
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)