A Writer Needs Grace

I have a confession to make: I allowed myself to fall off the wagon with the Million-Word Challenge. In 162 days, I have written 359,048 words. That is 84,788 words behind where I would need to be in order to be on track for completing the challenge on time. At this rate, it is predictable […]

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NaNoWriMo 2012 is Underway!

For those of you not familiar, NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month.” The basic idea: write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. The math works out to 1,667 words per day. I just can’t bear the idea of sitting out a challenge like this, given that I’m already embarking on a million-word challenge this […]

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NaNoWriMo 2012: Your Input is Needed!

For those of you not familiar, NaNoWriMo is shorthand for National Novel Writing Month. I have participated privately for the last two years, meeting with mixed results. NaNoWriMo is a great resource for writers struggling to motivate themselves to write. The challenge parameters are simple: write a 50,000-word draft in 30 days. When you do […]

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Reasons for Writing Ahead

I participated in NaNoWriMo during 2010 and 2011. In 2010, I crashed at burned at 38,000 words and change. In 2011, I crossed the finish line at just over 50,000 words (the standard benchmark). In both cases, I ended up with a horrendously disorganized collection of material, nowhere near ready for publication. What I learned […]

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