Finishing a November Novel

Treat it as it is: a first draft.

Are you scrambling to meet your deadlines for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Consider again the experience of my friend Chandler Birch, who in 2013 decided to try to write a novel in a month.

The challenge gave Birch his start. “Prior to that,” he says, “I … Continue reading

Save That Thought

All your ideas won’t come when you’re at the keyboard.

I had no idea what I’d post today. Then I straightened the little table next to my desk and saw multiple slips of paper. Suddenly, I had my choice of nine ideas.

I opted to keep them for later — and consider how to save ideas … Continue reading

Post-Conference Tasks

You can maximize the event — after the fact.

I’m home from the writers conference, but I still have  work to do.

Late Sunday, after a ten-hour drive, I unloaded the car, unpacked my bags, and went to bed early. But I still have actions to take. Monday morning, I made a short list.

I’ve written … Continue reading