NaNoWriMo Progress Sheet

NaNoWriMo begins the day after tomorrow. To control my progress, I’ve created a spreadsheet that dynamically recomputes, each day, how many words I need to write in order to stay on track. This is a method I’ve used before, based on principles used to manage software projects. Because software projects have a lot in common […]

10 NaNoWriMo Tips

National Novel Writing Month rolls around every November. And I usually don’t participate, although I may this year. (I threatened to last year, but those plans fell through.) My beef is that a writer should be writing all year round, not just during the month of November. In general, I see little to be gained […]

I Wanna Write like Nora Roberts: 7 Tips for Prolific Writers

As you may know, I’ve never been able to get through a Nora Roberts novel. I’ve always gotten bored or otherwise lost interest. So then why would I say that I want to write like her? It’s not a joke. I seriously admire Nora Roberts as an author, even though her fiction is not for […]

Write Every Day: What Does that Mean & Why?

Jeff DeRego is no fan of NaNoWriMo. I can sympathize. What I can’t sympathize with is that he disses the idea of writing “every day.” Listen to his audio commentary for Paula B’s Writing Show. Here’s my audio response. I agree with him on NaNoWriMo. I agree with him except on one point. I think […]

NaNoWriMo almost Here, and Do I Have a Surprise for You

I never do NaNoWriMo, because I believe if you’re a writer, you should write. Period. One month of excitement is not going to change your life. It’s like one of those one-day self-help seminars. You go; you have an enlightening, emotional experience; you feel good about yourself and your future; and three days later, you’re […]

Why I Don’t do 70 Days of Sweat (and other sprints)

70 Days of Sweat, Round 3 begins tomorrow. I will not be participating. Just as I participate in neither NaNoWriMo nor NaNoEdMo. Why not? What do I have against writers trying to write a book? Nothing, except… In my view, either I’m a writer, and I write consistently. Or I’m not a writer, and I […]