Every November, I run a series of NaNoWriMo posts for Persephone, offering encouragement and accountability for fellow writers as we progress through the grind of National Novel Writing Month. The single unifying theme of these posts over the last four years has been one of ‘just write it;’ the single most important act of writing is getting your ideas down on paper. The language, the skill, the storytelling — all these are things that develop out of the practice of writing. You get better, but only if you start.
Then, for the next 11 months, I spend a lot of time not writing. Read More Camp NaNo
Earlier this week, Salon published an essay by writer Ann Bauer about, as she says, “the masquerade” that some writers put on — that is, the fact that writing doesn’t pay a lot of money and it’s easier to do if you happen to have access to a lot of it. Most writers — and friends and families of writers — know how hard it is to sustain yourself solely on a writing career. Those that manage to do so are a small and lucky bunch. The rest of us keep working day jobs or picking up as many freelance assignments as we can, or putting together piecemeal extra careers teaching a couple of classes here and a writing retreat there. And then there are the others whose careers are supported by the “sponsorship” of others — their spouses or significant others who happen to earn enough money to allow for the uncertainties of the life (and paycheck) of a writing career, or who may have some family money to fall back on. Read More P-Mag Round-table: On Being Sponsored by Your Husband
It’s now December. For many of you, that means the hellish challenge that is NaNoWriMo has come to an end. Perhaps this was the year that you won and printed yourself out a winner’s certificate you can display with pride on your fridge’s door. Or maybe this is the year that you had very good intentions of winning, but the flu decided otherwise. Or you’re a non-participant and looking forward to the next eleven months where you mostly aren’t inundated with posts about this damn novel writing month. Read More NaNoWriMo 2014 — Keep Writing
We’ve reached the third week of NaNoWriMo, friends. How did your writing go over the past seven days? Read More NaNoWriMo 2014 — Week 3 Check In
Two weeks down! Don’t panic yet, fellow NaNo’ers. There’s still two weeks to go, one of which has a long weekend for most of the Americans among us, so this is still a glass-half-full situation. Read More NaNoWriMo 2014: Week 2 Check In
Boys and girls, sit tight because I’m going to tell you all about why not to use Google images for book covers.
For some, Google Images is a free-for-all playground. If it’s on Google it must be free, right? Well, no. Do you think everything you find on Google is free? Do you think that every site you browse is free for you to take apart and run away with? Even academic papers? Well, you’re in for a good wake up call. Read More Is It Okay to Use an Image from Google for My Book Cover?
That’s right, we’re skipping a few chapters. Believe me, you’re not missing much. Read More The Great NaNo Adventure: Chapter Eight