December 1, 2015

After November, Christmas should be a breeze.

Today I’m washing clothes, catching up on paperwork, finishing Christmas shopping, and making long-overdue phone calls because NaNoWriMo is over for another year and work-life balance can be somewhat restored.

I hit the 50,00...

October 26, 2015

Is it NaNoWriMo time again already?!

NaNoWriMo starts in less than a week, and this year I feel more prepared than ever.

But I’ve felt like that every year.

This will be my third attempt at writing 50,000 words in a month. My first year was as successful as my attempts to...

February 20, 2015

There’s a pristine 330-page YA manuscript sitting on my desk and it’s taking all of my willpower to stay away from it.

It’s my first novel. It’s taken months to write. Over the past fortnight I’ve spent about ten hours a day going through from start to finish, twice. I...

December 30, 2014

One year ago I posted my writing resolutions for 2014. I freely declare I have not hit those goals.

In October, after submitting my final university assignment for the year, I checked in, re-examined those goals and set new ones. I had completed some, was on track for o...

December 1, 2014

Today – 1 December – is an auspicious day.

It’s when hundreds of thousands of novelists around the world blink their eyes against the sky’s blue brilliance after they stagger outside for the first time in a month, as they have done for the past 16 years.

NaNoWriMo is ove...

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