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NaNo Prep – Beginnings, Ends, and Middles

I've been a pantser most of my writing life. Many's the time I've leapt with nothing more than a brief idea of image, letting the story take shape with no knowledge of where I'm going, but trusting that everything will come together. It's even worked. Sometimes.
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NaNoWriMo Prep: What You Can’t Prepare For

All those plans went by the wayside yesterday morning at about 10:30. That was when the husband and I took one of our two cats to the vet. Some three hours later, we said goodbye to him.
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NaNoWriMo Prep – Harnessing the Trope

“The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication.” ― Terry Pratchett
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30dayliterarymadnessSurviving 30 Days of Literary Madness is a daybook of support, encouragement and the occasional kick in the pants to help make the stress more bearable and keep your eyes focused on your goal.

For each day of this mad sprint, there is a quote and essay designed to help keep you going at the keyboard, along with other pieces about preparation and the novelizing hangover that comes in December. There are also pages for those other moments, the ones when you’ve fallen slightly behind – or you realize this may not be a year you cross the finish line. No matter how your November novel experience is going, this book will be a companion for each day.

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NaNoWriMoPrep – Counting Words

On Wednesday, I offered some advice on how to prepare your environment for NaNoWriMo. Today, I’m going to talk about another thing you need to make some decisions on, preferably before NaNoWriMo actually starts: how to keep track of your words. read more

NaNoWriMo Prep — 5 Ways to Get Ready for November

We’re twenty days out from November 1, and I figured it’s time to start offering up some advice to help you get yourself organized for the coming month. In this post, I'm not offering tips for how to plan your novel, but how to organize your writing environment so you can minimize distractions, stress, and "Why didn't I think of that!" once the writing starts. read more


I spent the weekend planning. Most of it was for NaNoWriMo, which is now only 22 days away. I'm still figuring out the plot for "Home and the Heartland", which is this year’s story, and the third book in the Henry’s Mills series, contemporary romances set in a fictional small town in Connecticut. Yes, I like Gilmore Girls. Except… read more

Out With the Old, In With the New

For the past year, I've been keeping a Bullet Journal. It's been tremendously helpful in keeping myself on track, especially since 2016 has not been particularly calm. If you're looking for a journaling system, I highly recommend giving it a try. read more

And the Circle Comes Round Again

It's Monday morning and NaNoWriMo 2016 sign-ups begin today. By the time you read this, I'll have created my novel page, and uploaded the first version of my cover – which will probably need to be re-sized. read more


I also managed to complete one of my knitting projects. I started myLeaf Press Shawl the day after Christmas, having just bound off my Advent Shawl. read more

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