Monthly Archives: October 2011

Countdown to NaNo: Panic!

Sometime on Sunday morning, in between trying to get my kids to do their homework, walking the dogs, and getting ready to take the kids trick or treating, I remembered that National Novel Writing Month was just two days away—and … Continue reading

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Countdown to NaNo: Last Minute Preparations!

What are you planning to do this weekend? No doubt I will be trick or treating with my children. But I will also be doing my last minute prep. Here are three things you can do this weekend to guarantee … Continue reading

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Countdown to NaNo: Schedule Writing Time

Studies show that people who write down where and how a behavior will occur have a better chance of getting things done. In one study, women were asked to perform a breast self-exam. One group was asked to write down … Continue reading

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Countdown to NaNo: Your Writing Space

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork. —Peter De Vries In 2009, The Guardian ran a wonderful feature called writer’s rooms. In the articles, writers talk about where they write. Even better, there are pictures! Here … Continue reading

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Countdown to NaNo: Your Absolute Yes! List

I am getting myself a pin that says, “No!” Yup, that’s right. Then I won’t even have to think when someone asks me to bake cookies, host a party, lead a fundraiser, chaperone a field trip, or whatever. I will … Continue reading

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Countdown to NaNo: The Where

Earlier in this blog, I talked about setting the book in a place you’d love to vacation. It’s not a bad idea. Chances are if we like the setting of our novel, our readers will find it a wonderful place … Continue reading

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Countdown to NaNo: The Plot

The plot is just a bribe to keep them reading.   –Kurt Vonnegot What happens next? It’s the question that keeps many of us reading a book into the wee hours of the morning. It is also the question that you … Continue reading

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Countdown to NaNo: The Who

Maybe one of the best part of the write-a-thon is choosing who you get to spend it with. I’m not talking about your NaNo buddies, though they are important. I am talking about the characters in your book. These will … Continue reading

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Countdown To NaNo: Get The Basics

When we travel, I buy postcards. I rarely send any. I think about it. Sometimes I even take addresses and stamps with me. But, I usually end up bringing all those postcards home and stuffing them in the stationary drawer. … Continue reading

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Why Write-A-Thon? It’s Your Passion!

Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It) is here. Come to the launch party tonight at 7:00 PM at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, WI! Stop back here tomorrow to learn how you can … Continue reading

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