What NaNo Is Teaching Me

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...

The Problem With Being Obsessive

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...

What Does “Kill Your Darlings” Mean?

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...

And…Time Is Up!

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...