In Search of a Critique Partner. Could you be the one?

Hello Fellow Writer!

I am working on what I hope is the final revision of a novel I wrote a few years ago.  It’s time to commit to publishing the story this year.  To accomplish that, I need a critique partner.

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Samuel R. Delany on Plot Thickening — Author Toolbox

Plot thickening is tricky business.

I learned to love excellent writing by reading great authors of my favorite genres. But, reading novels didn’t teach me how to write one. One of my favorite authors wrote a book about writing, including plot thickening, and that book, in a roundabout way, is the subject of this article.

Nano Blog and Social Media Hop

This article is part of the incomparable Raimey Gallant’s Author Toolbox Bloghop. Be sure to check out the other great articles in this series!

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Author Toolbox: Scene Lists and Corkboards

Are you an aspiring or established author?  Are you looking for tips and tools to make revisions easier and more thorough?  Welcome to my inaugural Author Toolbox article about revision and editing tools and processes that I am using to get my novel ready for publication.

This article is part of the incomparable Raimey Gallant’s Author Toolbox Bloghop.  The bloghop was announced on my birthday and just before the April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo.  How could I resist?

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8 Strategies for Tackling — and Completing — a Camp NaNoWriMo Project

These simple strategies can put you on your way to a successful month of writing.

NaNoWriMo is famous among aspiring writers as an opportunity to struggle along with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world to write a 50,000+ word novel in a single month — November.  Camp NaNoWriMo is a more freewheeling project where you choose your own goal for the month.  It doesn’t have to be a novel.  It doesn’t even have to be fiction.  Have a screenplay idea?  Want to put together a collection of poetry?  Want to publish a blog article every day for a month?  Whatever your goal, Camp NaNoWriMo can accommodate it, and provide you with a group of like-minded souls to commiserate with and cheer on.  You pick your goal.  It doesn’t have to come with a word count goal, though you may find that having one makes it easier to measure your progress through the month. Continue reading “8 Strategies for Tackling — and Completing — a Camp NaNoWriMo Project”

In the Midst of Chaos, the NaNoWriMo Beacon Shines.

I’ve been motivationally paralyzed about my writing for weeks that slipped into months and now threaten to become a year or more.  It’s frightening to stay away from my works in progress for so long, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the chaos that my country’s government has become.

My motivation hasn’t been sapped across the board, though.   Continue reading “In the Midst of Chaos, the NaNoWriMo Beacon Shines.”