I had full intentions of posting to my blog yesterday, but then an unexpected family visit kept me from fulfilling those intentions. Life works in strange ways, but I decided it was more important to spend time with family than to wax poetic about writing and editing. I will be taking a holiday break from my blog to spend time with family and to finish a draft of my senior thesis. Happy holidays and see you in the new year!
I struggled to find inspiration for today's blog post, so instead I wrote a blog post about fighting for inspiration. Check it out.
The end of NaNoWriMo means many writers should soon have solid first drafts, which also means they will be in need of people to read and critique those drafts. Check out my latest blog post for a message of gratitude to the beta readers that play an essential role in furthering the writing and publishing process.
This past Thursday, I achieved my goal of writing 50,000 words in the month of November. I started the month with around 22,000 words, which is why my final word count makes Thursday look incredibly productive. Participating in NaNoWriMo was a spur-of-the-moment decision, but I am very grateful that I did. It forced me to make writing a priority for the month of November, and I wrote every single day. Although it meant sacrificing other priorities in my life, I am happy to now have a draft of a new manuscript to revise. If you want to know more about NaNoWriMo's efforts to support writers or their events throughout the year, check out their website, join their community, or consider donating to further support.
Happy early Thanksgiving! In honor of the holiday, I wrote a new blog post about appreciating your accomplishments as a writer, no matter how small they might seem in the moment. The mindset of a writer must be more flexible than the famous saying 'Go Big or Go Home'. Whatever you do, keep trying.
It's that time of year again--National Novel Writing Month. After years of hearing about NaNoWriMo, I decided three days into November that I would finally participate in an attempt to add 50,000 words to my 23,000-word work in progress. It quickly became apparent that if I wanted to reach that lofty goal by November 30th, I couldn't waste precious time fretting over forgotten details or pathetic descriptions. Instead, I needed to move full throttle towards the end of my first draft. Check out my blog post on the topic.
It's the spookiest time of the year! Go take a look at my latest blog post discussing the consistent use of classic Halloween tropes in literature and other popular culture.
Head over to my blog to read my latest blog post about redirecting the sting of rejection towards a positive state-of-mind.
If you've submitted queries to agents in the past, you know how long it might take to receive a reply. Try not to spend those weeks or months obsessively checking your email. Give agents the time they need, and check out seven ideas for passing that time more productively in my latest blog post.
You've likely read disclaimers at the front of fictional stories, but can we really believe that these stories originated entirely from the imagination? Check out my latest blog post about using aspects of your own reality to spice up your fiction.