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Let’s Get Laffn!

  Two years ago, I was chatting with a friend of mine, and we were talking about how we, like so many people, take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) every year, but then many of those books just languish on our hard drives. Either they stopped at 50,000 words and didn’t finish the [...]

NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day: Go to Write-ins

If you get involved with your local NaNoWriMo region (you can find them on the NaNo site), you might find that people in your area get together for write-ins. These are fun gatherings where everyone takes their laptops and works on their novel while in the company of others. People might bring snacks to share [...]

NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day: Play games with your word count

Just a quick NaNoWriMo tip tonight, because it’s 12:14 and I just met my word count for the day and I’m falling asleep! I like to play a little game with my word count that helps motivate me to write more. I try not to take a break or let myself get distracted until I’ve [...]

NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day: It’s Ok if it sucks.

One of my favorite NaNoWriMo sayings: Embrace the Suck! You’re probably thinking around this time that your novel sucks, and it’s boring, and no one will ever want to read it. Of course it sucks.¬†You’re writing a whole novel in the month of November. How good could it be? That doesn’t mean you should quit, [...]

NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day

I had promised to come back and give some tips for winning at NaNoWriMo, and here it is the 7th and I haven’t done it yet! My tip for today is time management. Most of us have something that we allow to steal time from us…Bejeweled, television, skyping/texting, staring at the news feed on facebook, [...]

NaNoWriMo 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 is here! In case you’re not familiar, this is a challenge where people all over the world pledge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Yes, your reaction is correct: Oh, my. It’s a lot of work and sacrifice, and it’s not easy, but it’s also a lot of [...]

The trouble with adverbs

Sometimes people follow grammar rules they were taught in school, or rules they think they remember from school, without really thinking about them or understand them. I think it’s important to not only learn the rules, but understand them as well, because then you know when to break them and when not to. Today I’m [...]

Book signings are…

I’m typing this on my iPhone on a beautiful hillside, waiting for an event to start where I will sign books. My table is all set up, so all I have to do is wait for the masses…a good time to update my blog! Book signings are interesting things. They come in many different shapes [...]

The importance of picking the right editor

I cannot stress enough the importance of picking the right editor to help you with your manuscript, whether you are self publishing or getting ready to submit to traditional publishers. I have seen a lot of books that were supposedly professionally edited, but the editing was sub-par. In most of these cases, the basic grammar [...]

Elements of the Soul on tour!

Two of my short stories, The Fire and The Assignment, were published in the anthology Elements of the Soul from Twin Trinity Media. Now, the book is going on tour with Walker Author Tours! Check out the tour page for dates so you can read reviews and author interviews.Purchase a copy today–it’s a great collection!