Goodbye Tom Clancy and Breaking Bad

October is a great month to prep for The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s a time to find or develop a story idea. I’m in the choosing stage. I have several ideas, and I need to figure out which one I want and can develop into a full-fledged novel. What’s your basic story idea? From the […]

Get Ready to Write A Novel

The Summer is over and Fall is here…You know what that means. Get ready to write a novel. The National Novel Writing Month is almost upon us again. Do you have any story ideas you’re developing for those 30 days of writing mania? Are you a Plotter or Pantser? I found out years ago I […]

NaNoWriMo 2012 Is Done!

After – 29 Days – 51,888 Words – 63 Hours of work I did it. I completed my novel Brutal Life: The Warrior – my 9th novel in 12 NaNoWriMo’s in which I participated. I validated the word count at the NaNoWriMo site and can now display my Winner’s Badge and Certificate. Am I proud? […]

Winning NaNoWriMo 2012

Late last night I surpassed the 50,000 word mark for the 9th of the 12 times I participated in NaNoWriMo. Oh I’m not done…yet. When I get home after having my burger and two Old Fashioned’s at the Timber Grille, I’ll finish my novel tonight. If not tonight it will definitely be done by tomorrow after […]

NaNoWriMo – Do You Have What It Takes?

So, you’ve made it halfway to the top of Mt. NaNoWriMo. Do you have what it takes to persist and get to the summit? The ultimate summit may not even be to reach the 50,000 word count goal. The more important summit is that you worked and wrote for 30 days in a row – […]

Writer’s Block – NaNoWriMo Week 2 Blues

You made it through Week 1. You were out of the gate like a shot and piled up an impressive daily word count. As the week wound down, so did your enthusiasm and your word count – and now you have writer’s block. Now you’ve got the NaNoWriMo Week 2 Blues. Here are 33 ideas […]

NaNoWriMo 2012 – Day 5 Writing Kickin’ Butt

NaNoWriMo 2012 Writing is Ahead of Schedule! Toldya I’d kick some writing ass. Here’s my NaNoWriMo ID: Actually Day 3 didn’t go as I had imagined. Despite being in a great writing spot – beautiful, comfortable, and with an endless supply of free coffee – the words came hard and the story developed slowly. I […]

NaNoWriMo 2012 – Day 2 Slow Start

It’s very uncharacteristic of me to have a slow start when it comes to NaNoWriMo. I’m usually off to the races and ahead of schedule. At least for the past few years.   When I started my first NaNoWriMo, my kids were young and put demands on my time. Now, they’re grown and doing their own […]

Your Novel’s Elevator Speech

An elevator speech is where in 30 seconds you tell someone (preferably influential) who you are, what your novel is about and a follow up. So let’s say you’re at a book expo or writer’s conference. You get on an elevator to head back to your room on the 15th floor of the hotel. As […]

The Most Important Question of Your Novel

With just 8 days to go before the great verbal land grab known as NaNoWriMo begins, are you prepared for it? Are you going to just “play” at writing a novel, or are you serious about getting down a novel-length story in 30 days – and have a good time doing it? If you’re serious and […]