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Writing a novel during NaNoWriMo: What next?

Here’s what can happen if you’re writing a novel during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which is in progress right now.   Last year, I wrote almost 80,000 words and figured I had a great rough draft. But during my revisions, I was overwhelmed with the complexity. So many characters, themes, and subplots. I couldn’t see how… Read More

Basic plot structure for your novel

Writing a novel? It’s National Novel Writing Month—NaNoWriMo—and you’re probably too busy writing to read about plot structure, narrative structure, dramatic structure, storylines, or narrative arcs right now. So many terms. So little time. But listen up. Plot structure can mean the difference between 50,000 words worth of beautiful descriptions, action-packed scenes, and witty dialogue—and… Read More

Novel Writing Tips for NaNoWriMo 2016

If you’ve ever doubted you can write a novel in 30 days, rest assured. You can. I have. And so have many others. Granted, a few of the novels I’ve written during NaNoWriMo didn’t turn out quite the way I’d hoped. But each one is salvageable, and last year’s novel turned into something quite different… Read More

5 Tips to Writing Blog Posts That Make Sweet Dreams, Not Nightmares

You put the final touches on your blog post and lean back. There. All Done. Confident that this post is The One That Makes You Famous, you look it over one more time. And fear takes over. You shrug it off—you've been writing blog posts for awhile now. This one's good. It's great! But your… Read More

Why Write a Short Story?

Many of you know I’m working on a novel, so you might be surprised that I just finished a short story and published it on Amazon and other online outlets via Smashwords. But I’ll bet some of you might be wondering why I’d break concentration on a novel and write a short story. Isn’t the… Read More