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Another Goal Achieved; or, A Clean Desk Is A Sign Of…

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 17) Ahhh.  The smell of furniture polish is in the air.  That can only mean one thing:  Today was desk-cleaning day at my house. One of my pre-NaNoWriMo prep goals was to clean off my desk, and … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Icons & Banner; or, Spiffing The Place Up

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 15) (Yes, I know, it’s technically tomorrow, but I haven’t gone to bed yet, so it still counts.  Neener-neener.) Okay, so today, I made myself some icons–and a banner–for NaNoWriMo.  I’m going to try for a couple … Continue reading

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November Is Coming; or, NaNoWriMo Prep

(Day 6 of Post-A-Day Challenge) On the various lists and communities to which I belong, I’m beginning to see more postings about things people are doing to prepare for the upcoming NaNoWriMo challenge.  I’ve seen people who already have detailed … Continue reading

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The Big Picture; or, Pondering the Story Arc

(Day 5 of Post-A-Day Challenge) Okay, since one of the purposes of participating in the Post-A-Day Challenge is to get me ready for NaNoWriMo, I should probably talk about that at some point, shouldn’t I? So if you’re new around … Continue reading

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Post-A-Day Challenge; or, I Obviously Wasn’t Busy Enough Already

Damn you, WordPress. There I was, quietly minding my own business, when you had to oh-so-innocently toss a lure my direction:  Warm up for NaNoWriMo by participating in the Post-A-Day Challenge. It wasn’t enough that I had already challenged myself … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up: The Aftermath

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) So here it is, somehow, December already, and another NaNoWriMo has come and gone. For those of you who are curious, here are the final stats for NaNo2010: Total words written: 63,107 … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Week Four; or Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner!

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Since I was in the land of no internets for Thanksgiving (my dad still thinks dial-up is the be-all and end-all of internet connectivity), I didn’t have an opportunity to post on … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Week 2; or, I’ve Got The Week Two Blues

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Hello from Week Two of NaNoWriMo. This week, things are going along less swimmingly than last. I was nearly two days ahead on my word count; now, if I don’t get 1,500 … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo, Week 1; or, The Battle Begins

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) This week finds me already deep in the throes of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, or as some prefer to think of it, the time of year when tens of thousands … Continue reading

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It’s October 14, Do You Know Where Your Plot Is; or, NaNoWriMo, Coming Soon

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) I looked at my calendar today and felt a rush of panic mingled with a dose of anticipation. It’s October 14. Which means that NaNoWriMo is just over two weeks away. And … Continue reading

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A Writing Challenge; or, Keeping a Long Story Short

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) This week, I signed up for a summer writing challenge with some friends. It’s a challenge where you get to set your own goal for how many words you will write between … Continue reading

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The End; or Finish What You Started

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Last Saturday, I completed the first draft of my work in progress, The Daughters of August Winterbourne. It’s always a strange feeling for me, finishing a book. For some reason, the endings … Continue reading

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Welcome to December; or, The Post-NaNoWriMo Hangover

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Wow, what a ride! November was great. Despite a couple of days when I got almost nothing written — my worst day was something like 300 words — I still ended the … Continue reading

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Getting Ahead Of Myself; or, What Happens When A Story Really Comes To Life

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot)   (Brought to you by the “Better Late Than Never” department, since turkey coma took over my brain last night…) Well, my NaNoWriMo project is currently sitting at roughly 61,000 words, and … Continue reading

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Being Creative NOW; or What Are We Waiting For?

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Wil Wheaton* had an excellent post on his blog this week titled, “Get Excited and Make Things!” If you consider yourself a creative person at all (and why would you be here … Continue reading

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Finding Your Voice; or, What’s That Under The Sofa Cushion?

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Ah, the elusive “voice”. It is the one thing we pre-published authors are often told is the most crucial aspect of our writing, but no one can tell us where to find … Continue reading

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Finding The Time; or How To Fit NaNoWriMo Into Your Life

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) November is upon us, and I, like a lot of my friends, am involved in the frenzy that is NaNoWriMo. This year’s story is going well. I’m already about 4K words ahead … Continue reading

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Consulting The Oracle, or How I Decide What To Write Next

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) As we’ve mentioned several times in the last week, November is rapidly approaching, and with it, NaNoWriMo. One of the most pertinent and troubling questions in my mind these past few weeks … Continue reading

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Getting Organized and NaNoWriMo

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) As Andrea mentioned earlier this week, we’re just a month away from the start of National Novel Writing Month. I’ve done NaNoWriMo twice now, in 2006 and 2008, and “won” both times. … Continue reading

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