Writing Strategy Number 10,001?

Stacey Kite

Thomas Edison said, “I’ve not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Or maybe it was Wile E. Coyote. I get the two confused. Anyway, my point is that whether you call something a success or failure depends on how you choose to look at it.

With that in mind, I’m choosing to call my first attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) a success—because I’ve learned that it’s not for me. Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 12-1-17

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

For those of you who participated in NaNoWriMo, share your experience with us. How did you do? What did you learn and what will you do differently next year?

For those of you who were energized by NaNoWriMo or for those of you who didn’t get to participate this year, join us for WriteByMidnight coming in February.

How to Write (or Not) During the Holidays

Megan Norris Jones

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year! The days between Thanksgiving and New Year are packed with parties, concerts, school plays, and family gatherings. All of that is great for your social life, but it’s terrible for your writing schedule.

There are lots of ways to handle the rush and bustle, so now at the beginning of the season, take a few moments to decide how you want to manage your writing over the coming weeks. Consider your successes and failures from past years along with where you are in the writing process right now. Then read through the following approaches and decide which is the best one for you. Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 11-24-17

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

What book has your favorite description of a family meal?

Practical Prompt 11-22-17

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing

We’re encouraged to use all five senses in our descriptions, but taste is often overlooked. Think back over some of your most eventful holiday dinners, the good and the bad meals, and pick a dish that was either delicious or disgusting. Now have your character sample that same dish in your next scene to see if it adds flavor to the story.