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 […]
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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.
Camp Nano — April Wrap Up
Another Camp Nano (April-flavor) has come and gone. How many of your goals did you meet?
Camp Nano — Week Four Check In
April is almost over — how far have you gotten on your projects?
Camp NaNo 2015 — Week Three Check In
We’re at the halfway mark for the month. Are you halfway through your goals?
Camp NaNo 2015 — Week 2 Check In
As of today, we’re ten days into the first Camp NaNo challenge of the year. So how did you do?
Camp NaNo 2015 — Week 1 Check In
Camp NaNo has started. Have you?
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 […]
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 […]
NaNoWriMo 2014 — Keep Writing
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 […]
So this happened:
NaNoWriMo 2014 — Week 3 Check In
We’ve reached the third week of NaNoWriMo, friends. How did your writing go over the past seven days?
NaNoWriMo 2014: Week 2 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.
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 […]
The Great NaNo Adventure: Chapter Eight
That’s right, we’re skipping a few chapters. Believe me, you’re not missing much.