The books we read and enjoy are presented to us in neat categories. Genres, topics, ages, places—they help us find the books we’re most likely to enjoy. The only downside to this feat of organization is the odd assumption that the stories we write need to have clear division from other categories, especially when it comes to the age of the reader.
Now, there are plenty of books that are clearly for Adults Only or designed to keep 7-year-olds giggling, but I’m of the opinion that really great writing strives to be ageless. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject.
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Sprint timers and stats bars and word counts, oh my! It’s a whirlwind of activity as we kick off our first week of NaNoWriMo. Our minds are fresh, the excitement is contagious, and that leftover Trick or Treat candy is coming in handy.
The greatest challenge of NaNoWriMo is keeping those word counts high, especially once we’ve run out of ideas. Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite methods for sparking new inspiration, writing prompts!
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NaNoWriMo is the ultimate challenge for a writer. It requires focus, endurance, and planning. To finish strong and come out as a winner is the ultimate prize, but forgetting the basics will leave you bleeding out on the battlefield before the halfway point.
To help you set up for a successful November, I’m here with a little Preptober pep talk that will have you raring to go November 1, well equipped for the mushy middle, and primed for victory.
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If you rebel against the kind of writing that requires planning ahead, plotting a course, and preparing each chapter and scene, you’re not alone. We are Pantsers; proud of our discoveries, unafraid of mistakes, and free to write whatever pops into our head.
As a fellow Pantser, I’ve collected some affirmations and insights that might help sharpen your understanding of our oft-eccentric creative process.
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Writers know casting a spell over readers requires the right words, a dash of wit, a winsome cast, and a wealth of imagination. In short, writing takes a bit of magic. Collectively, we share many of the same highs and lows when it comes to mastering the craft and creating a book.
However, as individuals, our writing is as unique and personal as our Patronus. The Struggle™ for one writer is a non-issue for another–my enjoyable creative exercise may be your own personal Dementor. Today, I’ll be sharing some writerly strengths and weaknesses you might experience based on your Hogwarts house.
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We know there’s a difference between writing and being good at it, but how do we get from one to the other? That’s a mystery all writers tangle with. A question we want an answer to. But rather than asking some no-name blogger who hasn’t finished their manuscript, you really should consult a pro.
Writing conferences were created for that very purpose. There are a variety of draws. Workshops for honing your craft, keynote speakers you’ve dreamt of meeting, Q&A panels where you get answers from someone who actually knows what they’re talking about. And recently I’ve discovered the wonder and accessibility of online conferences. All the same perks, plus you don’t have to change out of your pajamas. It’s a win-win, so long as you know how to prepare.
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Lists are awesome. They keep us organized, they’re great for reminders, and they get stuff To Done. But putting together a list isn’t the same as writing, is it? Well, everyone’s process is a little different, but I would argue that lists are one of the best (and easiest) tools for a writer to utilize.
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Do any of these scenarios look familiar to you?
- You started Camp NaNo on July 1 with every good intention, but something wasn’t clicking and you quit trying a few days later.
- You intended to do Camp NaNoWriMo, but Day 1 rolled around and the hardcore procrastination began. Here we are, halfway through the month, and you haven’t even started yet.
- You tried so hard to stay on track, but real life had other plans and writing had to take a back seat. Now, you’re woefully behind and losing motivation to continue because winning is pretty much out of the question.
Maybe your situation resembles one, none, or all three of these. Regardless, we’re sitting at the halfway point of Camp NaNoWriMo with almost zero progress. Yep. Me, too.
Do you still want to make the best of Camp NaNoWriMo? Read on for a few tips and tricks to making the most of this month’s writing time.
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