On Finishing What You Start and Binge Watching Buffy

I completed a 1st draft of a 90,000 word WIP last week. It as the same manuscript I started and wrote 50,000 of during NaNoWriMo. Between November 30th and December 18th, I wrote another 40,000 words. Naturally, my head just about exploded. I was emotionally gutted, from finishing the manuscript and events within it, so … Continue reading

On Winning NaNoWriMo

I won NaNoWriMo yesterday morning! This means I completed 50,000 words over the course of 30 days. My story is not yet done – I still have a ways to go before it’s completed. But I’ve carved out 50,000 words and that makes all the difference. NaNoWriMo is easy for some, but difficult for others. … Continue reading

My NaNoWriMo 2014

I sit down at the computer, coffee at the ready, my right hand man. I open my document, no longer blank, no longer waiting to be told what it is, what it’s going to be. 10,000 words stare back at me, waiting for more. A story is 50,000, 70,000, 90,000 brothers and sisters, crowding the … Continue reading

In Which A First Draft is Finished

Late last night, I typed “The End” on a first draft of my WIP. I have been working on this for longer than I wanted, and finally decided in October that I would have this done by the beginning of December. I might not have participated in NaNoWriMo, but I could write as though I … Continue reading

In Which There Are Life Problems

Been having some life issues lately. I did not complete NaNoWriMo this year, in part because I had decided to work on a script instead and also because of family drama that arose in the last few weeks. I’ve been kind of gone from the internet, trying to get everything back on track. So the … Continue reading

The Denver International Film Festival is Over – Now What?

Now, I write. I’ve been slacking on NaNoWriMo, and part of that is because I’ve been indulging in my other passion – film. The Denver International Film Festival is a great film festival – there’s always so much to see and so many different genres to appeal to a broad audience. They showcase a lot … Continue reading

NaNoWriMo and the Denver International Film Festival

This has been a crazy week. I’m trying to write 1700 words a day and attend films at the festival here in Denver at the same. I work in the same building where most of the films are showing, and I have been very lucky in that I have been able to attend many screenings … Continue reading

Day One of NaNoWriMo and the Epiphany About New Adult Fiction

Yesterday, November 1st, was the first day of NaNoWriMo. I’m already off to a slower start than I’d like at 1200 words (the goal was 1700) but I get the feeling that I’ll make up for it. Part of what had me going slow (those 1200 words were agony to write), was the fact that … Continue reading

Lessons From the Trenches: NaNoWriMo

I am getting ready for NaNoWriMo. I completed the challenge last year and, though that project is still being edited and tweaked, I’m really proud of what came out of that experience. I learned a lot going into it, and I learned a lot about editing in the aftermath. This year, I’m looking forward to … Continue reading

Twitter Hopeless

I am no good at Twitter. I try to be, I really do. When I’m on, I’m on! When I’m off, I’m just…gone. When she’s not talking about structure (thank you!), Kristen Lamb talks about how to use twitter effectively to build your platform as a writer. And I have to admit, I have read … Continue reading