NaNoWriMo 2019 Wrap Up WON???? I WON NANOWRIMO 2019!!!! Not even kidding, but it took me FOUR YEARS to win NaNoWriMo. I ended at 50,113 compared to the other three years ending at: 2018: 26k 2017: 38k 2016: 27k So how did I actually win this year and not fall miserably short like the other years? Honestly, not … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2019 Wrap Up

Nanowrimo 2018 – A Dumpster Fire

OK...what even happened????(In other words, I did not win.)I originally was not going to do Nanowrimo this year, because the last three months of 2018 were going to be crazier than usual, and I wouldn't have time for it.But then October rolled around - that scent of Autumn and running around in windy weather and … Continue reading Nanowrimo 2018 – A Dumpster Fire

5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene

Is a scene in your novel tasting flavorless? Does it just turn to ash in your mouth? You might need more seasoning or you might be a cursed pirate (in which case, go find some lost Aztec gold). Besides the usual ingredients (salt, pepper, garlic powder), you might find that you need some different spices … Continue reading 5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene

Rewriting Old Stories

Lately I've been revisiting some old stories ideas.... For Nanowrimo (2017) I picked up a very, very, very, very old piece that was around before the asteroid hit and killed all the dinos (meaning when I was 14). That was a fantasy novel called Oh, Wonder Why the Sun Fell. I then picked up Raptor … Continue reading Rewriting Old Stories

The REAL question: 1st Person or 3rd?

(I GOT A NEW iPHONE GUYS!!! ) Ignore the above. It's completely irrelevant. So. 1st Person or 3rd??? I tend to write in 3rd person myself (not omniscient though.) Though sometimes I'll write 1st. But usually I'll write so deep into 3rd person that I'll forget which I'm writing and accidentally start writing in 1st.... … Continue reading The REAL question: 1st Person or 3rd?

Should You Set a Daily Word Count Goal?

We like to get stuff done. Nothing better than checking something off a list, shutting a computer with everything finished, or collapsing on the couch after getting all that stuff you needed to get done, done. Writers like to know that they are finished for the day. The edits that needed to be made were … Continue reading Should You Set a Daily Word Count Goal?

When you read the first draft

You write the infamous word THE END. Your first draft is done. Maybe it took a year. Maybe you knocked it out in a week. Either way, it's a great feeling to see your work finished TIME TO PARTY!!!!!Β  Well - there's one, tiny, tiny thing. You still have to edit. *sighs heavily and crawls … Continue reading When you read the first draft

How to not lose your mind while editing

Editing a novel. How shall I describe it? Editing is like polishing silver, except with a blindfold, and the blindfold is on fire, and you are banging your head against a wall trying to put the flames out while still polishing the silver.   But it's all worth it. I promise. (I really, really, really … Continue reading How to not lose your mind while editing