A NaNo-ing We Go

College Fans have March Madness, fans of the written word have National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. For me, it's that time of the year to take an idea germ and grow it into a draft. I have done NaNo since 2008 with Talisin2012, who introduced me to this crazy, lovely concept. In the middle …

Sage Advice Before NaNoWriMo: Roxane Gay

Like most writers, I was able to write a novel without explicit instruction, and that’s probably for the best. There are some things we should figure out for ourselves. --Roxane Gay  

PrepTober Periods Before NaNoWriMo2017

I thought long and hard about participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month. I have done one every year since 2008, under an old username, in the middle of the third term during the library tech program. It's a way to get rid of the critical voice and do the first draft. If I …

NaNoWriMo2016: Wrap Up Post and Look Ahead

This year, I declared myself a rebel and began writing a series of personal essays. It would act as a slush pile for this blog or a grab bag of fiction ideas but my focus was not on the end result, the 50,000 words and the title 'winner,' more on the process itself. I wanted …

Music Monday: Faith by Stevie Wonder, Featuring Ariana Grande

For those in need of a push as National Novel Writing Month counts down its final days, from the soundtrack to the upcoming film Sing, the one, the only, Stevie Wonder. (Oh, and Ariana Grande for those in the know. I am officially out that age bracket.) https://youtu.be/opGJR_dBEvY  

NaNoWriMo 2016 Update:Rebel Rousing

The year listed on my profile says 2013. Under my old profile, one I found and deleted, it's 2008. That year, in the middle of a crazy school term, V introduced me to National Novel Writing Month, and I never looked back. Julia Cameron wrote a lot about synchronicity in her book The Artist's Way, in …

The Flamingo of Doubt and Going Rogue for NaNoWriMo 2016

People used to pull out their morning paper on the bus; I pull out my phone. The first app to open is Twitter, scanning the feed for local and international news. My Twitter also features some writers I follow, including Chuck Wendig, an author I heard about two years ago from someone during a NaNoWriMo …