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.”

Tough, by Mary Crawford: A Book Review

Plot, character development, and symbolism are a universal language. Tough, by Mary Crawford speaks this universal language I so love.

I am not a huge fan of romance novels. I’ve been reading science fiction and fantasy since I was a child. So, when I say a romance novel is a gripping story with compelling characters, it’s because the novel really is something special.

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[repost] Read This Before Patheos Deletes it. – GODS & RADICALS

Patheos Pagan, owned by an evangelical Christian corporation. is now censoring their writers. Here is a post they deleted.

Source: [repost] Read This Before Patheos Deletes it. – GODS & RADICALS

The original article by John Halstead. It was reposted by Gods and Radicals before it had been deleted at Patheos. The article is well worth your read. I don’t usually copy the whole deal when I reblog, but this time I will, in case Patheos tries to get it taken down.

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Making Plans Happen

First off, I remember that there is joy in writing.  But, it’s easy for other concerns to overshadow the enjoyment of creating with words, of telling a story that engages me as a writer and and demands to be told. I try not to allow schedules and plans to take precedence over the joy of creativity.

Great plans require great execution.  So do good plans.  I’m happy with my goals and objectives for next year, but I’m apprehensive about whether I will complete them all.  During this final week of 2016 I’m taking the opportunity to think about some how-tos that will put my goals in reach.

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