Category Archives: Main Blog

Establishing Monthly Map Goals

The more time I spend writing Ontyre stories the less I seem to know about our world. I suppose that makes sense. I am the leading expert on the World of Ontyre, after all. I really can’t say that about … Continue reading

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4 NaNos by Their Numbers and Lessons

NaNoWriMo is a week behind us now so I’m taking a last look back. Way back. Me and NaNo, we have something of a history, which NaNo often reminded me about this year. NaNo’s focus on numbers tells me I’ve … Continue reading

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Short Storying My Way Out of NaNoWriMo

One more day of NaNoWriMo remains. I’m exhausted‚ yet I’ll be sad to see it go. I ache, literally, but it’s been the most successful of my four, eclipsing even 2015. I dream of sleep, yet it’s still a relief … Continue reading

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Working Together: Outlines and Inspiration

I’m a firm believer you can create some form of outline for your novel and still follow inspiration. It’s happened for me before, but never to the extent it happened this year for NaNoWriMo. Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. … Continue reading

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Which Spiral are You On?

This is a story about resisting the urge to edit while drafting. It’s also about spirals, negative and positive. It can all work together… We want to feel good. Who doesn’t? We want to feel good about ourselves. We want … Continue reading

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Wk2 NaNo Update: Uncovering a Prequel

Here we are into the second week of NaNoWriMo. I couldn’t be more pleased with how my prequel is coming along other than having some worries that it’s going to run far longer than I’d like. Worries for winning are … Continue reading

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NaNo Eve

Oh, the trials of blogging during NaNoWriMo when all that time you had in October seems to become mist and float away. To remedy that, each year I generally focus on the experience as it’s happening. It is, after all, in … Continue reading

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Believe It or Not, NaNoWriMo Isn’t All About Word Count

Another year, another NaNoWriMo, and me urging people to do at least a little prep before they start writing on November 1st. For the numbers? A little, but more for learning to be a writer. In the end, what’s vital … Continue reading

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The Wealth that is Writing

So, maybe you’ve been trying your hand at this writing thing, this writing gig, this being a writer on your way to becoming a published author. You’ve heard about NaNoWriMo and writing 50,000 in a month, which is maybe a … Continue reading

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A Darling Killer Confession

When I’d last checked outside the stars were cloaking themselves in clouds to escape my mood. In my dim porch light’s blush the leaves were riding the blustery winds as if witches driven to madness, their tears coating the walk. … Continue reading

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