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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

NaNoWriMo 2017: An Update and the Pressure to Finish On Time

"This NaNoWriMo has been increasingly difficult as the end of the month continues to near, but I am doing the best I can to keep it together, and to keep writing as much as I can. There were a lot of obstacles to overcome this year, but I am holding on and determined to do [...]

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week #2 Progress + “First Drafts Are Not Final Drafts.”

"This year's NaNoWriMo still has quite the way to go, and I am finding it increasingly difficult to stay on track with my word count. I've had moments where all I wanted to do was start over, where I honestly believed that I would not be making it to the end. However, I do not believe [...]

NaNoWriMo 2017: Dual Perspective + Character Conflict

"Creating the world the way you see it, the way that best fits the project at hand, is not an easy task to undertake. Playing with original ideas, throwing around the different possibilities you might adapt for the sake of your novel, can cloud your mind. Changing up the way in which you are comfortable [...]

NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 6 + How I Approached My Plot

"Nothing keeps me writing like this time of year, and I can safely say that I am making progress on my novel. It was late last night that I finally decided what direction the story would take, and what that would mean for the characters I've created. Sometimes, starting with an entirely blank slate can put you back a [...]