Life After NaNoWriMo: Novel Editing, What’s Next, and Kickstarting a New Routine

Life After NaNoWriMo: Novel Editing, What’s Next, and Kickstarting a New Routine

By: Kari Shea on Unsplash.com "I have been away from the blogging scene for quite sometime, as for after NaNoWriMo, I decided to take a bit of time to dedicate to my book. After what seemed like ages, I'm finally ready to get back into a comfortably productive routine. While I've spent majority of the [...]

The Countdown to NaNoWriMo: Brainstorming, Outlining, and Learning My Characters

The Countdown to NaNoWriMo: Brainstorming, Outlining, and Learning My Characters

"The time is almost here to begin my favourite, and most fulfilling month (usually), and to embark on a new writing journey for myself. I have been working on my outlines, having frequent brainstorming sessions, all to prepare for NaNoWriMo. I am certainly looking forward to having a much more consistent writing schedule this year, as [...]

My Personal NaNoWriMo Prep Kit: Preparing to Reach the 50k Goal

My Personal NaNoWriMo Prep Kit: Preparing to Reach the 50k Goal

"I've never been one to have an in-depth plan when I begin writing a novel, and that has been one of my biggest setbacks when it comes to crossing the finish line. I read a few of my journal entries from this time last year, and I notice just how wildly unprepared I was for NaNoWriMo. [...]

Poetry: “In Her Shoes” + “Clockwork”

I N  H E R  S H O E S She tiptoed through weathered daydreams The unbidden delusion of gilded discord As it trifled her. Floored by fancy, by curtained naiveté  As it toyed with her. For she slipped, slithered, spiralled  As the floor beneath her caved. The taut lacings of satin ribbon unraveling  Forewarned [...]

On Writing: Acting On Your Ideas and Dedicating Yourself to Hard Work

"Writing a novel is hard work, it takes dedication, commitment, and the will to continuously learn how to improve. Writing has become such a constant in my daily life, I can barely remember what it felt like to be without it. When it comes to putting the work in, or finding the time to write, it all [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: NaNoWriMo, Novels, and New Ideas

"Storytelling is the gateway to human existence - something I've included in a paper I wrote today in response to Richard Kearney's "Where Do Stories Come From?" and I must say that I rather enjoyed it. It put quite a lot into perspective when it comes to how I've viewed writing up until this point. [...]

This Is Not a Writing How-To: A Few Words on Altering Creative Efforts

"For quite some time, I've posed the question whether I'd been down the right path exploring my creative processes, and whether it was something I was absolutely willing to put the time into. Recently, I've had this discussion with myself, because I was tired of fluctuating between maintaining a healthy level of productivity, and just not getting [...]

5 Ways to Get Out of a Writing Rut: Kickstarting Creative Energy

  "I am constantly looking for ways to amend my writing habits, in a way that can really change the way I both view and produce written content. Facing the uninspired, unmotivated feelings head on has certainly made a major change in just how productive I've become - as well as learning how to maintain that level of productivity. [...]

The First of NaNoWriMo Prep, Writing Efficiently, and Finishing Up the Current Project

"Time escapes us, and I've been working to decide where my writing efficiently fits into my daily schedule, in a way that doesn't feel daunting - in a way that allows me to enjoy the process entirely. With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I really had to start thinking not only about what I am to [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: Dealing with Off Days and a Few Words on the Creative Process

"Blogging became a part of my writing routine because it allowed me to voice all of the struggles, setbacks, and or issues I may have come across as I try to do my best to maintain my creative flow. To be quite honest, along the way it became more about "making sure I had a blog post up" than [...]