NaNoWriMo 2014 — It Begins

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As we say goodbye to 31 Days of Halloween, friends, we can now turn our attention to our next adventure – NaNoWriMo 2014. I don’t wish to alarm you, but if you haven’t been paying attention to the calendar (or the prepping posts we’ve been running this week), NaNo starts tomorrow. Or exactly at the stroke of midnight if you’re … Read More

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Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Who Are You People Anyway?

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Bryn Donovan

Romance writer, poet, quilter, and dog cuddler.
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On Monday, in preparation for National Novel Writing Month, we attempted to write a very short synopsis of our story idea. However, some of us get ideas for characters before we know what’s going to happen to them. And that’s a great place to start! So let’s get to know the people in your story.

Bryn DonovanPrepping for NaNoWriMo: Who Are You People Anyway?

Writing Diversity into NaNoWriMo

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Karishma is a twenty-something living in New York City and is trying her hardest to live out every cliche about Millennials.This involves eating her feelings, drowning in debt and mocking infomercials.She likes sociology so much that she has two degrees in it, and is still warding off her parents' questions about a real career.
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Saturday marks the beginning of NaNoWriMo, and it seems like a lot of ideas are in progress and about to be bravely crafted and thrust out into the world (whether your world means the secret between you and your laptop, a self published ebook or crowdsourcing ideas through Archive of Our Own).

KarishmaWriting Diversity into NaNoWriMo

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Simple Plotting for Smart Writers

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Romance writer, poet, quilter, and dog cuddler.
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In the excellent movie The Last Days of Disco, Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny play book editors at a New York publishing house. In one scene, they read over a formula for a best-seller, which has something to do with creating a really appealing character, putting him or her through hell, and having the person triumph in the end. The proto-hipster … Read More

Bryn DonovanPrepping for NaNoWriMo: Simple Plotting for Smart Writers

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Discipline & Doubt In Writing a Novel

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Back in the heady days of NaNoWriMo 2012, I highlighted Semi-Charmed Life by Nora Zelevansky as one of the NaNo projects turned real, live novels. Nora was generous enough to share with us some thoughts on the challenges of writing and turning an idea into a full-fledged novel. You can find more from her on her site, http://norazelevansky.com/.  -Slay

Guest WriterPrepping for NaNoWriMo: Discipline & Doubt In Writing a Novel

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Quick, What’s Your NaNo Story About?

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Romance writer, poet, quilter, and dog cuddler.
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Guys, I’m super excited about NaNo this year. My book Sole Possession started out as a NaNo project! I had to throw big chunks of my first draft away, though, because I didn’t plan enough up front. In this writing challenge and the ones in the next two weeks, I am going to try to save us all from that fate!

Bryn DonovanPrepping for NaNoWriMo: Quick, What’s Your NaNo Story About?

Overcoming Writer’s Block – A Story of Angst

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This modest collection of tweets is only a snapshot into the consuming hellfire that is writer’s block. I had never experienced this inescapable existential crisis, so I had zero skills on how to combat it. (caution: animated images!)

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To Query or Not to Query: That is the Neverending Million-Dollar Hair-Pulling-Out-of-Head Question

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Lauren Whalen is a freelance writer living in Chicago. She reviews plays for Chicago Theater Beat (http://www.chicagotheaterbeat.com) and talks about movies on The Film Yap (http://www.thefilmyap.com). Say hi to her at maybeimamazed02(at)gmail(dot)com. (Photo by Greg Inda)
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Direct quote from me to a composer friend the other day: “I’m so fucking sick of being a fiction writer.”

The Unprofessional CriticTo Query or Not to Query: That is the Neverending Million-Dollar Hair-Pulling-Out-of-Head Question