Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

RANDOM PLOTS & WRITING PROMPTS

This morning I ran across the article “Plot Devices: Help for Writing Your Yarn” by Edward J. Wood, which looks at, primarily, three sources for plot ideas: George Polti’s 36 Dramatic Situations, Plotto by William Wallace Cook, and Wycliffe A. … Continue reading

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VOTE FOR MY NaNoWriMo IDEA

It’s that time of year again—the end of October, another Halloween, and another National Novel Writing Month all set to begin just one week from today. I’ve tried it twice in the past. Got an okay start the first time, … Continue reading

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MY 3.85-HOUR WORK DAY

I’ve used this space to suffer over my personal work ethic, writing process, and relative lack or excess of projects, and I don’t really want to belabor the point, but . . . here I go, once more belaboring the point in hopes … Continue reading

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RANDOM BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION PROMPTS FOR WRITERS

The year-end mental inventory continues, so bear with me a little. This one is going to be fun. I’ve talked a bit about my struggles with depression over the last half of 2015 and before that, and scheduling schemes and … Continue reading

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A LITTLE END-OF-YEAR CLEAN UP

No new year’s resolutions, I promise. But still the end of one year and the beginning of another gives us all an opportunity to stop and think about what’s been working for us, personally and professionally, over the past year … Continue reading

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LET’S GET ORGANIZED

Is it really December already? That’s insane. There’s no way it’s already December, especially since I still haven’t finished three projects that should have been done in August. That’s absurd. The world is out to get me. The calendar has … Continue reading

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CRASH!

I hate excuses. I’ve railed about excuses here, and in particular, the “my dog ate it” of the 21st century: My hard drive crashed. But about a week and a half ago, my hard drive crashed–and panic set in then … Continue reading

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JUST ENOUGH OUTLINE TO GET STARTED

With November suddenly upon us, it’s time for me to get to work on Bella Lucky and the Monsters of Methone, but in previous posts I admitted I had some big holes to fill in the plot before I could … Continue reading

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STARTING WITH CHARACTERS

Continuing to put together my outline for Bella Lucky and the Monsters of Methone for next month’s—no, next week’s (yikes!)—start to NaNoWriMo, it’s time to focus in on the characters. I also want to continue along the short, bad book … Continue reading

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OUTLINING WITH NOTE CARDS 4: THE OUTLINE ITSELF

If you haven’t been following along with this exercise in using note cards to plot/outline a novel, go back at least to here and catch up. This next step is what Holly Lisle recommended doing after I’ve got my note … Continue reading

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