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NANOWRIMO Begins in Two Days

NANOWRIMO Begins in Two Days

 

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National Novel Writing Month begins on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 and runs through the end of the month. In case this is your first introduction to #NANOWRIMO, the goal is to write 50,000 words during the month. If you’re a math whiz, you’ll know that this equates to 1,666 words per day. Or, very long weekends!

Although I’ve written 30 books, all of them are non-fiction. However, I did my best to prepare by taking two online courses: J.F. Penn’s How to Write a Novel and Sara Rosett’s How to Outline a Cozy Mystery. I considered doing a time travel novel as that’s more where my heart is, but for now I’m going to try my hand at the cozy.

Honestly, though. I get so hung up in worrying about plotting that I make myself nuts. Right now I think the best thing I can do is just start writing and see where the stories leads. I guess that makes me a pantser, not a plotter. Ok.

I’m going to do my best to check in here every Friday with a word count and comment on the process. I invite you to join me. Let’s see what we can create.

 

How a Cow and a Wildflower Saved my Writing – Kicking Writer’s Block

How a Cow and a Wildflower Saved my Writing – Kicking Writer’s Block

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All writers get stuck.Call it writer’s block, or call it losing a plot or outline. For me it was slogging through the opening paragraphs of an article I was writing for Astronomy Magazine. No matter how I tried coming up with a slam-bang opening paragraph, everything I wrote stunk. I just couldn’t get my teeth into the heart of the article.

In desperation, I got out photos I had taken during the assignment (to the Very Large Array in New Mexico) and there, staring me in the face, was the answer to my stuck-ness: A cow and a wildflower. Duh. I had forgotten to take my own advice and use visual imagery to add magic to my words. From then on, I’ve been a visual writer and would like to introduce you to my book, Vanquish Writer’s Block! (once upon a time titled The Visual Writer).

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Now’s Your Chance to Write a Novel

Now’s Your Chance to Write a Novel

Write a novel todayI write non-fiction books and articles. But do I want to write a novel (or more than one)?  Yes!

I’ve been following Joanna Penn for a long time (never miss her podcasts) and was thrilled when she released her brand new course How to Write a Novel. I’ve signed up for the course and am almost finished with Module 1 (of 5) and actually feel pretty confident that I can do this.

If you’ve been looking for that “PERFECT” course for novel writing, this is it. I’ve read a ton of books about writing but honestly, getting the info from someone like Joanna who has written so many books is so much better. That’s because I KNOW for certain, she knows what she’s talking about. If you want to write a novel too, I encourage you to go take the class. Let’s compare notes and cheer one another on.

Did you catch my interview on The Creative Penn Podcast?

Did you catch my interview on The Creative Penn Podcast?

Joanna Penn, most-excellent thriller writer and podcaster, interviewed me on TheCreativePenn Podcast, on the topic of Visual Writing. Joanna and I share a love of using images to inspire the creative penn podcastour writing and this was the topic of the podcast.

You can hear the entire interview or just read the transcript by popping over to Joanna’s site.

And in case you weren’t aware of it, I wrote a Kindle book on using images to Vanquish Writer’s Block. I’ve gotten some really sweet reviews – if you don’t have a copy, pick one up today.

Don’t want to click over? You can listen to the podcast right here.

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