I’ve been burnt out with my writing ever since National Novel Writing Month finished. I think it’s a combination of real-life stress and the sheer amount of work I did (50,000 words is a lot!). It’s been a struggle, but this last week, I have been forcing myself to write. And I need to keep reminding myself why. So without further ado, here are my reasons why I should FINISH my NaNoWriMo project:Read More →

Okay, guys. I hate to admit it, but I am slacking. Usually, I am completely prepared for this. I plan character, outline, make a cover, play around on the website. Everything. This year, I have a vague plan, less than a notebook page. I just have been so tired and lazy. I haven’t wanted to do anything. But it’s time I got my butt in gear. So here is my #NaNoWriMo to-do list. 1) Figure out the plot – I have a basic idea. It’s a romance, it’s set in my On Broadway series. It’s about a composer and his muse. But beyond that? UghRead More →

  I’ve participated in (and won) NaNoWriMo four times.  In fact, I’m working on self-publishing one of those novels right now.  The past two NaNos, I’ve been working a full-time teaching job while trying to complete the challenge.  It is stressful and crazy and hard, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.  Below the cut is my advice to anyone wanting to be a NaNoWriMo superstar while working a full-time job.Read More →

There isn’t much to talk about today.  Things have been crazy during preparations for Thanksgiving (my very favorite holiday!) and trying to get caught up on my NaNoWriMo writing. But finally, FINALLY, I did it.  I hit my 50,000. 50,012 to be exact. There’s a bit more that I want to write before I officially put in to “win” NaNoWriMo, but I’m almost there. Even just seeing the 50,000 is one of the best motivations I know. I’m a little nervous about finishing it, but I am even more nervous about revising it. I’ve always been absolutely terrible at revisions. It’s hard for me toRead More →

I guess I’ve been a little MIA the past few weeks.  Between getting papers graded for work and participating in National Novel Writing Month, I feel like I haven’t had any time to myself! If you don’t know what National Novel Writing Month is, I highly recommend you look into it.  Writing a novel in a month is insanity.  The good kind of insanity.  In fact, the only novels I have ever finished were NaNoWriMo projects (this makes me a VERY BAD AUTHOR). This year’s NaNoWriMo has been the craziest of them all.  Real life has decided to be a thing this year.  I amRead More →