I’m five days into one of the biggest personal challenges I’ve ever taken on as a writer. Like thousands of other writers across the globe this month, I’m attempting to write a 50,000-word manuscript in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month. To hit the target, I need to write 1,667 words a day. I’ve either met or come close to that goal all but one day. On Nov. 2, I only wrote about 400 words. I’d love to say that life got in the way that day. I had work to do, children to mother and other responsibilities that needed my attention. But the reality of the matter is I spent four hours working on my novel that day. So, what happened to result in such a low output? I got sucked down the research rabbit hole. Continue reading
If you’ve been keeping up with the daily writing habits you established during the 2018 Write by Midnight challenge, consider putting your skills to the test in the coming months as you prep for 2019’s WBM session in February. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when writers from across the globe pound out a 50,000-word manuscript in 30 days. Joining them is one way you can take your writing to the next level, or get back into the swing of things if you’ve let your day-to-day writing falter. If NaNoWriMo isn’t up your alley, push yourself to write for a longer period of time each day, or to put more words on the page than you’ve previously been logging. However you decide to keep the words flowing, share your thoughts and strategies with us. Hearing from you encourages us to stay the course, as well.
NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. Are you planning to participate this year? If so, how are you prepping for the intensive upcoming month? If this isn’t your first time trying to write a novel in November, what tips would you share for those newbies attempting it for the first time?
With Halloween around the corner, we’re looking for some spooky reads to get us into the spirit. What are some of your all time favorite scary children’s stories.
If you’re struggling to keep your story on track during a first draft or a revision, take a moment to write down the one thing–the feel, or theme or idea–that most inspired you to write that particular story in the first place. That’s the heart of your story. It’s the thing you most want people to carry away with them after they finish reading your story and the plumb line in every scene. By putting it into words, you’ll have a clearer idea of what choices your characters will need to make and what actions they’ll need to take in each scene to remain true to the heart of your story.