NaNoWriMo

The challenge: Write 50,000 words in the month of November. 

The real goal: An exploration in time management, in the writing process, and in the changes that come with community, accountability, goals, and motivation. For solitary writers, it’s a way to experience a whole new way of writing. 

Tips for Collaborating on Stories

I’m at the Florida Writers Conference and I’m scooping up lots of book recommendations, new contacts, and a few pages of notes. First up, some rules on collaboration. Don’t choose a diva partner. Choose someone at the same level as you. There cannot be an imbalance of power. Put it in writing. Who makes decisions?…

Takeaways From R. L. Stine’s MasterClass

I’ve completed about a third of the lessons in R. L. Stine’s MasterClass and I’m loving it. Here are a few of my take-always so far. Writing doesn’t have to be hard and stop listening to the people who say it does. Spend the difficult hours on the outline so the writing time is fun….

Joanna Penn’s Recurring Book Recommendations

Authors are interviewed on podcasts all the time, and nearly every episode includes at least one book recommendation. Once in awhile, I hear the same recommendation over and over. Here are three recurring recommendations from The Creative Penn podcast.

4 Websites to Simplify Author Marketing

It’s day two of the Florida Writers Conference in Orlando and I have pages of notes and insights from this amazing community of writers. In the spirit of sharing the wealth, here are four new websites I’ve learned about and can’t wait to explore: Yasiv: Enter a book title and discover a network of related…