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If you aim at nothing

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” ~ Zig Ziglar I didn’t win NaNoWriMo (again) this year. I’m okay with that. The first two years I participated in National Novel Writing Month—2010 and 2011—I won. It wasn’t easy by any stretch, but I managed it. The last two times I attempted

Igniting the writing

My writing brain is on fire! In a good way. It’s because of NaNoWriMo. One of the things I like best about participating is that it reminds me of a few key points that I seem to forget over the course of the year. For example, when I’m stuck on a current or future plot

No Easy Day for writers

How is NaNoWriMo like SEAL training? It’s not. (Well, except that the Navy loves its partial word acronyms too. Like NAVSPECWARDEVGRU and COMNAVSEASYSCOM to name two.) But after reading No Easy Day by former U.S. Navy SEAL Mark Owen, I think there are a few things we could learn from special forces operators that might

NaNoWriteMore with Scrivener

Anyone else gearing up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? You know, the craziness of attempting to write 50,000 words in 30 days? I’ve been playing with some early scenes in my next manuscript to help me flesh out the story and get to know the characters better, and now I’m trying to hammer out

NaNo OhNo

There’s a lot to learn from participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Usually it teaches me that I can do more than I ever thought possible. It rejuvenates my writing soul and builds my confidence. Plus, I love winning! 😉 But there’s something to be learned from failure too, which made this year’s NaNo

NaNo nibbles

I’m sharing another favorite recipe that you can make in twenty minutes over at Everybody Needs a Little Romance today. Come check it out if you get hungry! 🙂 And feel free to share your own quick eats.

Plotting for NaNoWriMo & Winners

I’ve always thought of myself as a pantser, despite the fact that my left brain generally rules all other areas of my life. So I was surprised to find potential scene lists for my first two manuscripts while flipping through old notebooks the other day. Apparently I did more planning in the early days than