Tag: NaNoWriMo

Driving While Under the Influence of Writing

 December 4, 2020

Hemingway is reputed to have said, write drunk, edit sober. From my experience with NaNoWriMo the past eight years, I’ve got a different take on this. Writing provides its own type of high, with unexpected dangers – hence, driving under the influence of writing! Driving Under the Influence of Writing I thought of this while […]

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There Is No Failing NaNoWriMo

 October 28, 2020

The most wonderful time of the year is near. No, not Christmas, but November–National Novel Writing Month. A time when writers throughout the world attempt to write 50,000 words. What’s even better, there is no failing NaNoWriMo. My Experience with NaNoWriMo I was first introduced to NaNoWriMo seven years ago. At the time I had […]

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When Writing Takes You to Unexpected Places

 November 27, 2019

Don’t you love it when writing takes you to unexpected places? This is certainly the case for the novel I started for NaNoWriMo 2019. Josie It started several years back when I went to the library for a writers’ round-table, expecting, duh, a round-table discussion. The previous month had been a presentation by a local […]

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NaNoWriMo 2018

 December 4, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 is done. I now have 52,501 words as the basis for book eight of my Dancing through Life series. It’s a wonder to me that I made it, as ill-prepared as I was going into the month. There’s something about having a public goal and knowing so many other writers have that same […]

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – NaNoWriMo Time!

 November 1, 2018

It’s NaNoWriMo time! Time to sharpen those pencils if you are old-school, or prepare to hit that keyboard to write 50,000 words in one month. Earlier this week I wrote about the reasons why I love November in my post, Season of Gratitude. To those reasons I add NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. Past […]

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NaNoWriMo – Winner, Winner, Steak Dinner!

 December 1, 2017

Now doesn’t that sound more celebratory than a chicken dinner? That’s how we celebrate in my family! Steaks, preferably rare and cooked on a grill. On Wednesday at 5p.m. I entered the winner’s circle, having completed my 50,000 words for the NaNoWriMo challenge. The novel isn’t done yet. I have at least another 5,000 to […]

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How do You NaNoWriMo?

 November 2, 2017

This is how I NaNoWriMo. A large latte and an Egg McMuffin and I’m good for a three hour stint of writing at McDonalds. I was able to get my favorite booth, one where I can sit with my back to everyone else in the fast-food chain and look out the window. I can usually […]

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To NaNo or Not to NaNo

 October 19, 2017

To NaNo, or not to NaNo–that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous publishers, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And put an end to them by not writing. . . ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.  (adapted from Hamlet’s monologue) […]

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What’s the Best Way to Write a Novel?

 April 5, 2017

A while back, Peter DeHahn posted in his blog about his experience with NaNoWriMo and the advantages of writing a book in one month. I agree with what he wrote. I wrote the first three books of my Dancing Through Life series in three consecutive years for NaNoWriMo. It was great fun, focusing on this […]

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