A couple of years ago, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. With a shrug and then focused vigor, I dove into writing a 50,000-word story. It was an intense, frustrating, and ultimately, rewarding journey. I got to swim in the dream of my story. Set in Paris, about a cool botanist, secretive and suspenseful, with plants at the book’s heart, I wrote … Continue reading 7 Things I Learned From NaNoWriMo
Last November, I “won” National Novel Writing Month by writing 50,000 words of a novel draft. But I still wasn’t satisfied with my protagonist’s name, a name which I’d used as a placeholder in my rush to finish. I knew what kind of person he was, I’d already written a character bio of him, but I didn’t have a strong name that matched his personality. … Continue reading What’s in a Name? A Great Character.
When I’m pressed for time, I sometimes put writing off, even though it’s one of my favorite things to do. So over these last few weeks, I decided to do what I do when I’m convinced I have no time to garden in my yard. Like, “I can’t weed right now, I’ve got to take make dinner soon and the perennial garden is a mess. I … Continue reading Breaking Tasks into Time Pieces