Monthly Archives: November 2011

NaNoWriMo: Come to the (Virtual) Party!

Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing. —Melinda Haynes Sometime late Monday morning, I crossed the NaNoWriMo finish line with 51,583 words. How did I celebrate? I had pizza night on Monday instead … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Lessons

National Novel Writing Month is like boot camp for writers. Even though I work as a professional writer and writing coach, I still need the kind of tune-up you get from attending boot camp. Every year National Novel Writing Month … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: The Soundtrack

It does not take much to derail a #NaNo project. At least that’s how it seems to me. For the last two years, I have reached 50,000 words in about 26 days. But then again, I was not doing a … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Distract Yourself

When a reporter asked Ernest Hemingway how he started a new book, Hemingway said, “Defrost the Refrigerator.” The long Thanksgiving weekend is quickly coming to a close. Hopefully, you have kept up on your word count for NaNoWriMo while also … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Five MORE Must Haves for Novelists

Earlier in November, I wrote about my five must-haves for writing a novel. Today, I return to that theme with my list of five must-haves—borrowed from the literary greats—for anyone who is trying to write a novel this month: 1. … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: The Curse of Being Prolific

I’m delighted to welcome Elle Amberley to the Write Now! Coach Blog. Elle is a super-prolific author who writes in both French and English. Enjoy! The Curse of Being Prolific by Elle Amberley Writer’s block? What’s that? I often hear … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Giving Thanks

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. —Ursula K. LeGuin Since 2000, I have edited a devotional periodical called The … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Increase Your Word Count

Writers, we are just a week away from the end of National Novel Writing Month. I don’t know what this month has been like for you, but I am losing stamina. Despite having a great cast of characters to play … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Write More, Work Less

Welcome writers! A few months ago, I was searching online for software and apps that writers could use to increase their efficiency. I happened upon a wonderful post by Jonathan Milligan at Blogging Your Passion and quoted him in one … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: The Resilient Writer

When I speak at writing conferences, participants often ask me what matters more: talent or determination. Talent certainly matters, but all the talent in the world will not help the person who gives up after getting rejected. Most of the … Continue reading

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