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What WE learned from NaNoWriMo 2012

This year was Sooz’s third NaNoWriMo and Sarah’s first—needless to say, we learned a LOT about our writing processes. It doesn’t matter how many books you write, you always learn something new by the end of the ordeal (and trust us: writing is an ordeal. An amazing, fulfilling one, but an ordeal nonetheless). We thought we’d compile a few things WE learned along with some lessons from the other Pub(lishing) Crawl gals who participated. We also want […]


When The Finish Line Is So Close…But Still So Far (An End-Of-NaNoWriMo Pep Talk)

So, we have a few days left of NaNoWriMo, and for some of you, the finish line might be in sight. Personally, while I passed the 50k word mark last week, I am nowhere NEAR the end of this manuscript. Truth be told, I’m probably just somewhere near the start of the middle (Oy.). BUT I’ve written quite a few manuscripts before this (sixteen full ones, and a handful of still-incomplete ones waiting for a […]


My Very First Novel

No, not Legend. I’m talking about my very, very, very first novel. You only have one first novel–not your first published novel, but the first one that you are able to write “The End” on. I know that for the most part (unless you are Stephenie Meyer!), first novels don’t end up going anywhere except for the back of your closet or the Archives folder on some old hard drive. And for the most part, […]


Advice to new writers

One of the most popular interview questions asks for advice for new or young writers. I always answer with the same thing: Read. Write. Critique. Read. This is a simple concept that is very time-consuming. It’s important, though. You need discover new books to love, new thoughts to fill your creativity well, and new ways of looking at the world. If you don’t read but you want to be a writer, how will you know […]


Tips from a NaNoWriMo Old Timer

This is my third year doing NaNoWriMo, so maybe calling myself an “Old Timer” might be a bit of an exaggeration…but I DO feel qualified to give a few tips. First off, let’s cover the basics: To “win” NaNoWriMo, you need to type 50,000 words by the end of November. This isn’t a full book, but it’s a darn good start. If you can type at least 1,667 words per day, you’ll reach 50,000 by […]