A Tip that Actually Works


“It’s sure to change your life.” “You’ll get amazing results.” “Your friends will be impressed (or jealous. Or whatever).” We’ve all heard the amazing claims of marketers, trying to convince us that if we just…

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Unexpected Success


When I started, I thought it was impossible, that I had no chance of success. That I was crazy for even trying. To my great delight, I was wrong. For the second year in a…

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Coming Up for Air


I’ve been hard at work on Stinging Power, this year’s NaNo novel. So hard at work that I completely forgot about blogging. My mind was lost in the desert of Otrechia, it seems. Oops! That’s…

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It’s NaNo Time!


It’s the end of October, and we all know what that means…it’s NaNoWriMo time! If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, don’t feel bad. I didn’t know what it was either, until a couple of…

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After NaNo, Now What?


Whatever the critics of NaNoWriMo have to say, I know this: at least NaNo gives me a tangible goal that I can’t change. There’s no weaseling out of it, pushing it back because I got…

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NaNo Week 4: I Won!!


I did it! Late last week I passed the 50,000-word mark. A few days ago, I validated my novel on the NaNo website and was rewarded with a group of people cheering. So nice to…

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3 Lessons about Deadlines, Courtesy of NaNoWriMo


I did it! I pushed through, striving to make the goal of fifty thousand words by the deadline. Even better is I got there with eleven days to spare. Wednesday was the day I finished….

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NaNoWriMo—Week 2


It’s late fall, the trees are almost bare. Week 2 of NaNoWriMo is just about finished. And what am I feeling? The joy of words just spilling from brain to page, scenes almost writing themselves….

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NaNoWriMo—Week 1


Who else is trying NaNo? This year, I’m determined to “win” NaNo. Some sad family events made it impossible last year. To get ready for inevitable interruptions to my writing schedule, I decided advance preparation…

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Ready or Not—It’s NaNo Time!


Ready or Not—It’s NaNo Time! October is drawing to an end and we all know what that means. No, I’m not thinking of Halloween. It’s NaNo time! Last year my NaNoWriMo experience was hardly successful….

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