Category Archives: National Novel Writing Month

#NaNoWriMo Prep: Saying NO and Yes by Rochelle Melander

I have a bad habit: saying yes. Sometimes I agree to do things—volunteer my time, write stuff, make food—and later regret it. When Brené Brown talks about setting boundaries, she uses this mantra: “Choose discomfort over resentment.” Wow. I love … Continue reading

Posted in National Novel Writing Month | Leave a comment

#NaNoWriMo Prep: The Book Hook by Rochelle Melander

You’re at a networking event. (Maybe you’re an introverted writer who avoids any group gathering with strangers, but work with me here.) While chatting over wine and cheese, someone who knows you’re a writer asks you, “So what are you … Continue reading

Posted in National Novel Writing Month, Write Now! Weekly Writing Tip | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

#NaNoWriMo Prep: Write What You Seek by Rochelle Melander

  Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find. —Carol Shields   About a year ago, Louise Penny came to Boswell Book Company to launch her mystery, How the Light Gets In, the ninth book in her … Continue reading

Posted in National Novel Writing Month, Write Now! Weekly Writing Tip | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The #NaNo that Never Ends by Jocelyn Koehler

I’m delighted to welcome back to the blog fellow writer Jocelyn Koehler. Because she’s a professional writer—and very dedicated to her work—she cranks out an amazing number of words every single day. Read what she says about the never-ending #NaNo … Continue reading

Posted in National Novel Writing Month | Leave a comment

#NaNoWriMo: Rewrite and Move Forward Faster by Rochelle Melander

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. —William Faulkner Before you freak out and say—“What, I’m doing National Novel Writing Month! I have thousands of words to write, why would I rewrite any one of them!”—notice that I … Continue reading

Posted in National Novel Writing Month, Write Now! Weekly Writing Tip | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Doing #NaNoWriMo by the Numbers by Rill

The course of Nanowrimo writers never does run smooth. —Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, paraphrase If I write 1,667 words a day beginning today, I will complete National Novel Writing Month on November 30 with ten words to spare. I never write … Continue reading

Posted in National Novel Writing Month | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday Writing Prompt: Plotting Your #NaNoWriMo Book by Rochelle Melander

Are you a plotter or pantser? Plotters plan out the scenes in their novels, pantsers fly by the seat of their pants. The saying comes from aviation. One can fly a plane two ways: using one’s instruments or using one’s … Continue reading

Posted in National Novel Writing Month | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How to Build Your Own #NaNoWriMo Challenge by Rochelle Melander

Every November thousands of otherwise normal people give up their spare time and write a 50,000-word novel in a month. The challenge is called National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short. Some participants are published writers who do this every … Continue reading

Posted in National Novel Writing Month, Write Now! Weekly Writing Tip | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How to Have Fun AND Create Amazing Characters by Rochelle Melander

Dear Writers, It’s time to plan for National Novel Writing Month, and I can help! Tomorrow at the Write Now! Mastermind class, I’ll be talking to Angela Ackerman about building great characters. If you’re not signed up yet, you can … Continue reading

Posted in National Novel Writing Month, Write Now! Weekly Writing Tip | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Building Authentic Heroes by Angela Ackerman

Are you ready to NaNo? If not, I can help! Next week, I’ll be welcoming Angela Ackerman to the Write Now! Mastermind class to talk about Character Creation: Forging an Unforgettable Hero. We’ll meet next Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM CDT … Continue reading

Posted in National Novel Writing Month | Tagged , , , | 16 Comments