When Characters Take Over a Story (A NaNoWriMo Update)

As hundred of thousands of writers around the globe move into the second half of NaNoWriMo, I want to give my update and observations.  My update: over 35,000 words and counting. My observation #1: My characters have taken over my story and I love it. TJ (also known as Todd) has turned out to be a most interesting character in book two of the FreeForm Series, FreeForm Reborn. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he's part [...]

2015-11-18T08:31:22+00:000 Comments

NaNoWriMo – Update #1: 20K+ & Counting

Here's a short and sweet update #1 as I and some 300,000+ writers from around the world enter week 2 of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I'm pleased to report that I'm ahead of schedule (see graph below) for reaching the 50,000-word count before the end of the month as well as on schedule to reach my personal goal of either 75,000 words of the end of the rough draft of my sequel novel, FreeForm Reborn. [...]

2015-11-09T12:38:57+00:001 Comment

Track Your Way to a NaNoWriMo Win

Okay, tonight is Halloween, but for hundreds of thousands of writers across the globe, it's also NaNoWriMo Eve. That's right, tomorrow, November 1 kicks off National Novel Writing Month when those hundreds of thousands of writers will start to write their 50,000+ novel from scratch. I'll be one of them, and my plan is to also chronicle my progress and what I learn along the way here on my blog.  Today's entry is short and sweet. [...]

2015-10-31T09:38:12+00:000 Comments

NaNoWriMo Prep: Starting with the Ending

In my last blog post, I ended with: But there’s one question I need to answer before I’m ready to start turning the raw material on my whiteboard into scene files in Scrivener. What's is the question that I've found helps me prepare to write the next great novel? It goes something like this: What's the most engaging, entertaining, exciting, and satisfying ending I can write? And then I refer back to my initial brainstorming mindmap [...]

2015-10-26T07:28:25+00:000 Comments

If November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) What is October?

Simple answer: October is NaNoWriMo Prep Month. I've participated in NaNoWriMo at least four or five times over the years, writing such great works of literature :-) as:  Seeds of a New Power, Babble, and Endangered: Book two of the Zak Bates Eco-adventure. The past two years I've been a NaNoWriMo Winner, completing at least 50,000 words of a novel in one month. Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month. Each year I learn something [...]

2015-10-14T15:39:35+00:000 Comments