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Tomorrow marks the halfway point of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I’m not quite at halfway to 50,000 words. Ugh. I’d hoped to be at 50K by now so that I could actually complete the novel by the end of the month. Because, really, 50K does not make a novel, unless it’s a middle-grade chapter book. My own tend to be around 100K and to feel truly proud to say I wrote a novel for NaNo, I wanted to actually complete the entire first draft. I don’t see that happening. I’d hoped by writing something completely brand-new (not a … Continue reading


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So many ideas, so little time. That’s my lament when it comes to writing. Fifteen years ago, I was convinced I didn’t have a novel in me. I’d started way too many stories only to realize I had a character or a setting or a few scenes, but not a plot for an entire book. I’d given up fiction writing. Fast forward to three years ago, when I decided to start writing fiction again just for fun, something to do for me. I thought I’d just dabble in characterization, maybe write some short stories for a few close friends. I … Continue reading


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We’ve heard it time and again – “Kill Your Darlings!” It sounds like such a psychotic phrase. Kill my darlings? As in my babies? These sweet little things I’d give my life for? No, no, NO! Not your human darlings. Sheesh. So what darlings are we talking about? Your writing darlings. (Which can sometimes feel like our human babies, I know, but they’re not really. Human, I mean. You know that, right?) I’ve discovered over the years that this phrase has several different meanings. Killing the Darlings Everyone LovesI think the first time I ever heard “Kill Your Darlings” was … Continue reading


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Whew! The writing challenge is over! And I’m WIPped! But I’m quite proud of myself for focusing so intently. I nearly hit my goal and I finally feel a sense of accomplishment when it comes to the WIP. I have to say, knowing you were all out there was a big motivator. Especially all you first-drafters. To me, the brain dump of the first draft is like driving on an open highway, enjoying wherever the story takes you, the words flying out of the fingers at 90 miles per hour. But trying to fill in a WIP with more words … Continue reading


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