Last August, I felt like the walls were caving in on me. I was busier than I had ever been, work was crazy hectic, and I felt like I couldn't breathe. There were days when I'd be driving to work, and the temptation to miss my exit and keep driving was overwhelming. I needed an … Continue reading The countdown is on for release day!
It is finished! I have once again defeated the odds and crossed the NaNoWriMo finish line with more than 50K words - 66, 781, to be exact. Of course, when I say that it's finished, you know I don't mean that, right? I have at least 4 more days of writing until I get to … Continue reading NaNoWriMo, Day 30: How the story turned out
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)
I finished my novel. As in, I FINISHED MY NOVEL!!!! After 4 and a half months of writing, rewriting, adding words in, taking words out, crying, whining, complaining, throwing in the towel, picking the towel back up, and….writing, I can finally say that Come Here, Cupcake is “finished!” But what does that mean exactly? Will … Continue reading Come Here Cupcake, FINISHED!
I've been a lazy writer. I admit it. I have not done any book writing since NaNoWriMo, or book editing since December. I keep seeing other authors I follow in blogs and on Facebook talking about their work-in-progress, and the green-eyed monster in me wants to be doing what they're doing. But I'm not. I … Continue reading Being a lazy writer
Only about 7% of NaNoWriMo participants crossed the finish line with 50,000 or more words this year*. If you were one of the lucky few, you deserve a pat on the back and a million publishers** clamoring to get you to sign with them. (*Note: According to NaNoWriMo, 300,000 people signed up, and only 41,940 … Continue reading Are you one of the lucky 7%?
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
Last night, I wrote out two words I'd been striving to reach since I started the journey of "Forever Thirteen" a little more than three months ago. To make the moment even more ceremonious, I had ditched the computer and scribbled the last 5,743 words into a spiral notebook, feeling every single word as it … Continue reading It’s finished! The anatomy of a novel, from start to THE END.
I remember when I first started writing for the newspaper. I was pretty green at it, and would turn in pieces I thought were flowing with ideas and beautiful language. My editor would look over my work and let go of a good 30% of what I had said by striking out redundant thoughts, simplifying … Continue reading The argument for hiring an editor
Elmore Leonard, a crime novelist who penned many popular titles, including "Get Shorty" and "3:10 to Yuma", died on Tuesday, August 20th. He left a legacy of bad-guy characters we loved, and a long list of adapted to screen stories. He also shared his ten favorite rule on writing with The New York Times. In … Continue reading Elmore Leonard on writing