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Scrivener’s best for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is coming! Worried about how you can reach your 50K words? Scrivener can’t do the writing for you, but it can certainly make the job easier. Here are some of Scrivener’s best features to help keep you on track when you’re burning up the keyboard. Stay on Track Staying on track for NaNo is

Getting psyched for NaNoWriMo

Next month I’m doing the crazy thing I always do in November: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). And this year I’m going for the hat trick, win number three. Why do I torture myself like this? So glad you asked. 1. I’m competitive by nature, so once I’ve decided to do it, I won’t quit

NaNoWriMo Is OvEr

NaNoWriMo is over! And I did it!! Some people wonder why I torture myself, ignore my family, shun the dog, let my house go to hell—well, more than it already is—and s-t-r-e-s-s for 30 days just to get some extra words down. Why? Because the things I learn about myself are priceless. I can actually

The end is in sight

I’m less than 3000 words from my NaNoWriMo goal and racing to finish, so I’ll keep today’s post brief. Let me know how you’re doing. Are you one of the super-motivated who’s already done, or are you cutting it down to the wire like me? By the way, if you get a chance, check out

The check phase

After only getting in about 9000 words during the first half of November (way off the 25K needed to stay on track for NaNoWriMo), I decided to reevaluate my writing habits. The check phase of my own personal Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle for continuous improvement. Sure, I have excuses. I scheduled too many things,

Surviving NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is a marathon for writers. With a super-stretch goal of 50,000 words, what can you do to get in shape now? These are the things that helped me win last year. Prewriting: If you do any prewriting (e.g. Character sketches, exploratory scene writing, outlining), get it done before November 1st. Even if you’re a