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Starting when the goal is an outline

In my evolving quest to ensure that the month of November (NaNoWriMo) aids my writing process, my plan this year is to work on my outline and ‘some’ scenes for the fourth novel in my French series. It is not … Continue reading

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Overbooked – background

Four years later and I’m polishing up the novel where my main character visits this café/bar. It’s neat to see a place and think, ‘this would make a good venue for a scene in a novel’ and then to write … Continue reading

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Goals

It seemed reasonable to write down a goal to create a short story or poem about something specific, but when I do that, the goal sits undone day after day. It turns out I don’t feel inspired to write then. … Continue reading

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Not Noveling during NaNoWriMo

I don’t regret my choice to not work on the first-draft of a novel during November of 2016. Watching the words about digital inclusion grow, especially the words about our partners, was great. I wrote more stuff about computers, digital … Continue reading

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After ten years, a different use for NaNoWriMo

The first time I did NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, I joined at the end of October, so didn’t have much time to prepare. Besides, the guy who started the whole thing was a big advocate of not planning, just … Continue reading

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Another possibility for November

The idea of writing book four in the French series this November, or even just writing the very-detailed outline and a few scenes, isn’t inspiring me. After ten years of doing NaNoWriMo, I feel quite comfortable with breaking the rules. … Continue reading

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Time and expectations

Having too much time to write might seem like an oxymoron, but there’s a chance that I’ll not have a paying job in November. The last time that happened, I thought, “Since I normally draft over 100,000 words and finish … Continue reading

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NaNo Idea in May

Some people might think it’s a bit early to be thinking about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which occurs in November, but that’s the downside of being a planner. If I’m going to finish the first draft of a novel … Continue reading

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Lessons in Editing

When a chapter is slow, combine it with another chapter. I had revised both chapters several times, and they seemed fine. But fine doesn’t equate to interesting, exciting, or worth reading. As I imagined the critiquers on critiquecircle.com commenting on … Continue reading

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Cleaning up is giving up on dreams

After thirty years of ‘let’s put that in the attic,’ it was time to clean it up. Sorting through the attic stuff has inspired me to clean up other areas, such as my crafts. And gave me a reminder to continue … Continue reading

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