NaNoWriMo 2015 — Slay’s Guide to Successful NaNo’ing

This year, I’m the official NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for the Pakistan region. I’m not totally unaware of the curious juxtaposition of myself as an American ex-pat representing Pakistan for NaNo and vice-versa, so I’ll be working in concert with The Desi Writer’s Lounge, a fantastic organization dedicated to supporting and promoting South Asian writers. I’ll be leading write-ins for them, as well as posting on their blog and forums, and crossposting between Persephone and DWL throughout the month.  I highly encourage our Persephoneers to wander over and say hello to them, as well as welcome those DWL’ers who might come here. Read More NaNoWriMo 2015 — Slay’s Guide to Successful NaNo’ing

Ten Things Not To Say to a Writer

Ten Things Not To Say To a Writer is a trending hashtag on Twitter at the moment. A lot of what was said really struck a chord with me. I mean, I know I am not some mega-successful author like J.K. Rowling (not yet, anyway), but I am a writer and still get ridiculous comments.  Read More Ten Things Not To Say to a Writer

Camp NaNo

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