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Time Management for Writing

A goal without a plan is just a wish. – Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry After completing the draft of Book 2 within the intensive span of 19 days, I found myself incredibly exhausted over the next two weeks. I was so tired that I thought this old bird was pregnant. I wasn’t, I was just late,…

Winning at NaNoWriMo

Here are some things that I’ve learned from setting out to partake in NaNoWriMo… Don’t muck around with the goal settings on your NaNoWriMo profile! I got fancy with changing my goal from the NaNoWriMo standard of 50,000 words to 80,000 words, then 75,000 words. Then, through frantic clicking, because I didn’t get the “Congratulations,…

I’ve Won at NaNoWriMo…Unofficially

In 19 days, I finished my draft which ended up being 75,000 words instead of my estimated 80,000 words. I’m stunned that I did it, but writing 3000-4000+ words a day was how I managed to do it. After I finished and entered my final word count, I then changed the goal from 80,000 words…

NaNoWriMo 2021 Daily Log

This is the daily log for all the nineteen days it took for me to write my full novel. October 31 – HAPPY HALLOWEEN! The Nano ’21 project: Georgia Needs Work That is the working title. I’m pretty sure that’s going to be the actual title, because don’t we all need work? Of course, whether…

Writing a Book…in a Month?

I’ve been itching to get started on my next book, but I’m holding off until National Novel Writing Month officially begins this November 1. I read in the rules that writers are allowed to already have a book started—as long as the words you’re putting toward your NaNo word count of 50,000 words are new,…

Following All the Cool Kids

After publishing my first full-length novel just two weeks ago, I foolishly thought I’d immediately get into the plotting and writing of my next book. I was so wrong. Instead, I’ve been trying to re-incorporate back into my life the things I’ve neglected while trying to finish my novel, such as managing my stock portfolio,…

My New Book: A Nod to Vancouver

You’re all familiar with Vancouver, even if you’ve never been there before. If you’ve seen The X-Files, Riverdale, Once Upon a Time, Smallville, The Killing—and dozens of more shows and hundreds of Hollywood movies—you’ve seen Vancouver. And you might have seen me, or at least the back of my head as I got to be…

Embracing the Worst-Case Scenario

In my life, I’m used to disappointment. I love the highs of anticipation, the joy in the planning and preparation, the exhilaration of the execution of the plan, and then…the total opposite of what I wanted, hoped for, and dreamed of. I’m less than a week away from publishing my debut novel, and I want…

New Writing Trajectory

Something crazy happened since I last posted a blog back in April (!). I had all these grand plans of publishing my novel in May; yet I felt really lost in how I was going to go about marketing my book. So I started following on YouTube all these successful indie authors to see what…

Using Books to Write a Book

For Story Structure Halfway through my story, I stopped to wonder whether I was about to write myself into a messy, meandering plot. I had already outlined my plot points, but I wanted to be sure I wasn’t missing anything or going in the wrong direction. I did a quick search and found this incredible…

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