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Write anyway

I started on my NaNoWriMo project, but life, as it often does, has other ideas. I already knew I would have hernia surgery later this month. And then, we got a call from our Registrar of Voters asking for volunteers to be poll workers. They are expecting a large turnout for these midterms, even bigger than …

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The villain’s journey

I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year. It has been a while since I finished a novel, and I need to get another book going. I have a story in mind, but I have to approach it differently from the other novels I’ve written. This time, I’m focusing on the villain’s journey.

NaNoWriMo 2016: What exactly did I win?

I won NaNoWriMo 2016. My prize is the first 50,000 words of an unfinished first draft. It is difficult to write a novel in 30 days, and 50,000 words doesn’t qualify as a full-length novel. So, what exactly do you win when you win NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo 2016: Writing while the world changes

I started writing Offline in the spring of 2001. In my initial draft, I set the story in mid-September 2001. When 9/11 hit, I had a lot to think about. Somewhere near the bottom of that list was Offline. Should I even finish it? Did the story still make sense in this new, uncertain world? I did finish and publish …

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NaNoWriMo 2016: What do you do while waiting?

I’m doing it again! I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year to kick start my new novel, Amiga. It’s a novel I’ve been planning for some time, and NaNoWriMo gives me the opportunity to put it into words. But NaNoWriMo doesn’t officially start until November 1. What do I do in the meantime? The …

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