Published Stories

Getting the House Ready for NaNoWriMo

Part of the work of being a NaNoWriter is to make sure that you and your support system in ready for November. Yup, this whole thing really takes more than one month to pull of properly. In December I’ll tell you all about the recovery process.

In October one of the things that I like to do is make sure that the house if ready. I count the house as part of my support system,

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NaNo Season

It’s October already. For those of you aware of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) [nanowrimo.org], you know that means that it’s time to start getting ready for November. Some of the truly insane have been getting excited since August, but most of us (I’m not sure that I really can include myself, but who’s going to know?) wait until October to start getting excited.

For those of you who don’t know… NaNoWriMo is a wild and wacky marathon of writing in the month of November.

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Busy Times

August and September are always hard months for me. They are full of all kinds of draws on my time like the start of school, the Renaissance Festival and of course harvest and canning season. Consequently it is a lot harder for me to keep up with all the things that I tend to do during the whole year (blog posts, writing, laundry, etc). Yet somehow it has to get done.

I really wish that I knew how to deal with this kind of issue so that I could give you a nice write up about it like I do with the other issues I’ve brought up.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Everyone has heard the old adage that “actions speak louder than words” but how many of us have actually taken the time to dig into the meaning of that phrase? It’s something that it just feels like it’s right. Well, it is. Just looking at the literal meaning of the phrase you can imagine plenty of examples where it is literally true.

Take the classic bully event in school – the theft of lunch money.

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Slacker Syndrome

“I’m such a slacker… I don’t [fill in the blank] as much as [fill in the blank].”

How many of you have said this? I know that I say it all the time, usually to looks that could kill from my co-workers. You see, in their eyes I already do too much and don’t spend any where near enough time just relaxing. By that same measure I don’t do any where near as much writing as some of my writing buddies –

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Time Management Part 2 – The Character

Last time, I wrote about the problem of Time Management as it applies to writers. Now it’s time to take on the concept from our characters perspective. This is going to be a little bit of mental gymnastics, so I hope you’ll stay with me.

The concept is simply this – characters have to live full lives too. They will have their goals and their problems that get in the way of achieving those goals every bit as much as we do as writers.

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