• NaNoWriMo as a Student

    NaNoWriMo 2017

    Welcome to Day 13, WriMos! This week, I thought I’d tackle an issue near and dear to my heart: NaNoWriMo as a student. Whether you’re in elementary, high school, college or university, the pressures and demands of school are always an obstacle for writing, particularly during NaNoWriMo. You’ve got school work to do; how can you expect to write 1,667 words on top of the writing you already have to do for school? I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo as a student in the past. In fact, I was working towards a Bachelor of Arts when I had my most successful NaNoWriMo. I wrote 75,000 words in 30 days, and that is still…

  • NaNoWriMo: Developing an Idea

    NaNoWriMo 2017

    Developing an idea. It sounds easy, but it’s one of the biggest decisions a writer can make. Especially when tackling longer projects (50,000 – 120,000 words), you’re committing a huge chunk of time to that project. So, developing that first idea is crucial. You’re going to be spending hundreds of hours with it, after all. So, where the heck do you start? Everyone has a different answer for this, and none of them are wrong. You start wherever that first idea sparks. Whether that’s a character, a plot, a twist, or a scene, write it down. You can always figure out the rest–that initial idea is the gold mine. For…

  • NaNoWriMo: Plantsing

    NaNoWriMo 2017

    NaNoWriMo is almost here! Are you planning or pantsing? Can’t decide? Maybe you should consider plantsing, because that’s totally a thing. Last year we discussed the difference between plotting and pantsing, so if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, that’s a good place to start. Now that we know what plotting and pantsing are, let’s dive into the hybrid: plantsing. Plantsing is a combination of plotting and pantsing, in which a writer can plot some of their novel, and pants the rest. If you’re undecided about whether to plot or pants this year, plantsing might be the perfect compromise. There are advantages and disadvantages to both plotting and pantsing.…

  • NaNoWriMo: Take a Break

    NaNoWriMo 2016

    Well, NaNoWriMo is almost over. We’ve had a spectacular month of writing and editing with internet friends, but the event is coming to an end. So, now what? You have this 50,000 word draft, and now you’re not sure what to do. My suggestion: take a break. Alright, so 50,000 words doesn’t really make a completed first draft of a manuscript (unless you’re writing middle grade). More than likely, by the end of NaNoWriMo, you won’t be done writing that first draft. If this is the case, please ignore this post until you are finished that first draft. You’ve got momentum from the event, and there are likely other writers…

  • NaNoWriMo: Inspiration and Writing

    NaNoWriMo 2016

    In October, I participated in a conversation in the NaNoWriMo forums about inspiration and writing. How can you stay enthusiastic about a project to ensure those 50,000 words get written? When you have to work on the same project every single day, how do you keep motivated? Inspiration and writing sort of go hand-in-hand. Writing (at least in concept stages) needs inspiration. Ideas don’t just spring up out of nowhere, fully formed; they need inspiration to bring them about. However, I’m finding that “lack of inspiration” is a common excuse for why people can’t/won’t meet their word count goals. I’m sorry, but using lack of inspiration as an excuse for…

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