[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] 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”

NaNoWriMo: Support the Office of Letters and Light in 2011

National Novel Writing Month is a 30-day challenge to complete a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. This November, I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo as a writer and as a facilitator for my campus writing group’s NaNo activities. This year, members of the UT Writer’s Guild will be participating in NaNoWriMo through contests, fundraisers,Continue reading “NaNoWriMo: Support the Office of Letters and Light in 2011”

Your PNP, Part Two: Planning & Outlining

Now that you’ve finished the first part of your Pre-NaNo Plan, you’re feeling confident and prepared for National Novel Writing Month.  You know exactly how much time you have to write and you know that you’ll have time to finish your novel. But do you know what you’ll be writing next month? The Pitch YourContinue reading “Your PNP, Part Two: Planning & Outlining”