Completing a book in three months, start to publication, is do-able, but probably not recommended. Not unless you have exactly six things in your pocket. I'll get to what those are in a minute....
The next generation of authors might just be sitting in the plastic, uncomfortable desk chairs that I have strategically arranged so that they are not sitting next to someone that they will talk with during my entire lesson.As a reading teacher, I have the opportunity to engage students at a deeper level. I learn what… Continue reading The Next Generation of Authors
During Nanowrimo, we usually plan a marathon day halfway through the month for us to dedicate the entire day to our writing. This year, we decided to take our party on the road. Or tracks, I should say. We hopped on an Amtrak line called the River Runner, from Kansas City to the small German… Continue reading Nano Train 2015
Sometimes writing is hard. There have been many occasions where I have sat at my desk, or on my bed, and stared at a blank screen for longer than I probably should have. I’ve typed a sentence then deleted it. I’ve written many lengthy paragraphs and dialogues before deciding that it was crap and moved… Continue reading Only One Direction to Go
It happens to all of us, even the best of us.We lose our motivation to write. We lose the steam that was powering the current project. We get lost in a jungle of disorganized plot. Life happens and we just don’t have the energy to create fictional problems for fictional people. Writer’s Block comes knocking.… Continue reading What to do when you just don’t feel like writing … during NaNoWriMo or ANY TIME!
When it comes to NanoWriMo, the surface becomes a battle of your own will power. Writing 50,000 words in a month can seem daunting. In my mind this can be achieved in a silo, but it not anywhere close to satisfying unless you share the journey with someone else.Luckily the fine folks at NanoWriMo know… Continue reading Gaming The System: NanoWriMo Gamification
This article previous appeared at Confabulator Cafe.Kansas City Royals baseball is over for 2015.The parade has come and the crowds have gone.A championship was won. Memories were made. My home, my city came together in a way like I’ve never experienced.In 2014, the Kansas City Royals lost the World Series in Game 7 against the San… Continue reading Royal November
I have always liked the idea of birthdays. My own birthday is December 18, 1971, and my own personal concept of time revolving around that date intrigues me. Mention something that happened on July 22, 1970, and something else that happened on February 15, 1972, and I will consider them through very different lenses. After… Continue reading Birthday Party
We are just 2 days away from NaNoWriMo 2015. Last month The Wordwraiths hosted a Nano Prep workshop, based off all of our experiences participating in this annual November writing challenge. The Midcontinent Public Library in Parkville, MO graciously allowed us to host at their location, and Parkville Coffee sponsored us by providing tasty coffee and… Continue reading Nano Prep Workshop
So maybe you’ve heard of this National Novel Writing Month thing, but you’re not really buying it. Maybe you’ve seen the lists of pros and cons, or read testimonies from some authors about why they don’t participate in NaNoWriMo. Well, I’ve read all those things, too, and I’ve found that most people who list out… Continue reading 5 Reasons Participating in NaNoWriMo is the Best Thing for Your Writing Habit