NaNoWriMo Dropout? 5 Ways to Succeed This Year

NaNoWriMo has come and gone, leaving victors and casualties in its wake. Even though I finished my NaNoWriMo this year and in fact produce enough fiction word count to call every month a WriMo, I identify more with the dropouts because I tried to do National Novel Writing Month several times before this year–all ‘fails’! […]

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5 Words I Made Up to Describe NaNoWriMo

The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge is a many-faceted thing. To describe the experience, I found myself needing to mash up some fresh word concotions. Technically every month is NaNoWriMo for me. I do between 15,000 and 20,000 words per week of fiction writing. Sure, that’s all pure, gunky draft but it’s out there! […]

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Leveraging Writing Challenges: 5 Books That Began with NaNoWriMo

Still on the fence about whether to do NaNoWriMo?  Here’s a look at 5 popular books that began as NaNoWriMo drafts, to help you decide whether it’s worth it. (My two cents: It is!) 1. Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus 2. Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants 3. Hugh Howey’s Wool 4. Marissa Meyer’s Cinder 5. Jason M. Hough’s […]

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13 Advantages to Dictating Your Writing

I began looking into dictation for several reasons. Like many people, I have experienced back problems which make it hard to sit at a computer and write all day. I’ve also had trouble keeping weight off since becoming a full-time writer. There, said it! You might relate to these reasons or have some of your […]

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