[Guest Post] Writing as an Endurance Sport

“You’re doing WHAT?” That’s the typical response when you tell someone you’re participating in an event to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The second response is “What do you get if you win?” For most people the idea of writing a novel in a month is, at best, a foolish waste of time. AfterContinue reading “[Guest Post] Writing as an Endurance Sport”

[Guest Post] Micro-Goals; or How Word Sprints Save Your Sanity

NaNoWriMo is a beast: a 50,000-word minimum juggernaut that’s defeated far more seasoned writers than myself… and if, like me,  you’re  trying to tackle the dragon for the first time, it might be beginning to seem rather like an epic quest in nature. The daily climb to 1,667 begins to look like a repetitive trekContinue reading “[Guest Post] Micro-Goals; or How Word Sprints Save Your Sanity”

[Guest Post] Eradicating Excuses and Silencing the Inner Critic

I hear a lot of excuses for not participating in National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known as NaNoWriMo. That sounds like something a tired novelist says at the end of a month-long, novel-writing marathon: “Naaah, no wri’ mo’…” just before conking out over the keyboard. The only valid excuses, really, are “I have noContinue reading “[Guest Post] Eradicating Excuses and Silencing the Inner Critic”

NaNoWriMo 2011: We’re Halfway There!

It’s November 15, and you know what that means?  We’re half-finished with the annual National Novel Writing Month challenge.  It’s my first year participating since 2008, and it’s time for me to take a step back and evaluate my progress so far. So what is your progress so far? Word Count: 25,016 Chapter Count: 12Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2011: We’re Halfway There!”

[Guest Post] NaNoWriMo and Writing Immediacy

It was the afternoon of Jan. 13, 2000, and I was waiting at Microsoft’s headquarters to be ushered into a press conference with my fellow media elites. We had no idea why Microsoft had summoned us, other than it was a big announcement. Initially, I was embarrassed that I didn’t know what was going onContinue reading “[Guest Post] NaNoWriMo and Writing Immediacy”