Tag Archives: novel

Short Story December

The NaNo dust has settled. In the end, there were 143,867 words written in November that produced a novel. In editing there’ll be plenty of cutting, but there are a few missing pieces, too. How long will it eventually be? … Continue reading

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NaNo Update: A Little Self-Congratulations

The last thing I was expecting a month ago was that this blog post would be about achieving, about setting an insane goal and attaining it. Instead, I thought it’d be about my struggles to still be striving towards that … Continue reading

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NaNo Update: A Sense of Urgency

Early morning. Thanksgiving Day in the United States and I’m preparing to add to my word count until around noon when I’ll get ready and head off for a big meal. Yesterday, I made a couple of pies and applesauce … Continue reading

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NaNo Update: Loving Scrivener Themes

I’m—in—love. I’m talking about Scrivener Version 3.1.1, especially its themes. From a writing perspective themes might not be the app’s most important feature, but for someone who’s been in love with Scrivener for a long time they’re like the pie … Continue reading

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NaNo Update: Rolling Over Speed Bumps

The first week of NaNoWriMo ends and the infamous Week 2 begins. It’s never claimed me as a victim, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize its malevolent self. I survive because preparation is the best defense, whether it be … Continue reading

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NaNo Update: The Advantage of Editing Experience

Here we go. The first of thirty days of NaNoWriMo when we do the best we can with our word count, make 50K for the win, or even draft an entire novel that goes beyond the standard goal. This year … Continue reading

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The Best Non-Writing NaNoWriMo Advice

If your intentions for NaNoWriMo are to try it out and not worry about word count, then this post might not apply to you. Otherwise, if you want to reach the end with +50K, here’s the best (blunt) advice I … Continue reading

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World of Ontyre: Special NaNo Edition 3

Because NaNoWriMo fast approaches I’ve shared how planning was the building blocks to enriching my novels. More specifically, I’m talking about planning for a fantasy novel. For me that means a history, maps, an outline, and finally a draft that’s … Continue reading

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The Visual Know: A Map for NaNoWriMo

Another year. Another NaNoWriMo. Another pitch on my part to inspire writers to pen their fantasy novels using a map. Yes, a map. Here I go again talking about maps or, more specifically, your fantasy map. I want that others … Continue reading

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World of Ontyre: Special NaNoEdition 2

It’s NaNoWriMo prep season and I’m revisiting select World of Ontyre location posts to provide a different perspective. In those posts I gave basic information about certain locations or regions, but this month I’m examining how my work before and … Continue reading

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