Hello everyone! As I am typing this, it is Day 5 of NaNoWriMo (although when you are reading this, it may be Day 6), and I am taking a break from my 16-hour work shift. I've been reflecting these days about why I write, and what keeps me writing. Writing is hard work. I make… Continue reading NaNo Diaries // An Ode to Writing
Hello everyone! As I am writing this, it is Day 3 of NaNoWriMo and... gosh I got to say I am zonked out and ready to sleep! So, this past weekend I decided to do something really bold and intense... I did a 24-hour write-a-thon. I got the idea from Emily, a fellow blogger-writer, and… Continue reading NaNo Diaries // 24-Hour Write-A-Thon Recap!
Hey everyone!! We are getting really close to November (yikes!!!) and I think I got my NaNoWriMo novel kind of planned out (maybe??) so I thought I'd share my outlining process with you guys. First thing's first, what is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is an event, occurring annually every November,… Continue reading How I Outlined My NaNo Novel
Hey everyone! It's time to talk about editing again! Editing is a big, complicated process so that's why I dedicated two posts to this topic. Last time, we talked about recruiting beta-readers and compiling feedback. In today's post, we will talk about how to incorporate beta-reader feedback into our edits. Disclaimer: This is not the… Continue reading My Editing Process Part 2 (+ more templates!)
Hello everyone! Who is doing NaNoWriMo this year??!!! [raises hand reluctantly] I am raising my hand reluctantly because I love NaNo, and I really really want to give it a shot this year, but to be honest I am not really sure how it's going to go because November is going to be a really… Continue reading The NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag!
Hello everyone! Editing seems like a daunting task, to take an entire novel that is 80 to 100K words and (somehow) make it better. Editing also seems endless: when do you ever stop?! There seems to always be ways to make improvements on a manuscript. A few years back when I was editing an old… Continue reading My Editing Process Part 1 (template included!)
Hey everyone! I've been talking about the 15-Beat method for outlining a novel for a while, and it seemed like some of you were curious about it... so here we go! A few points that I want to hit before we start: The 15-Beat Method, also known as "Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet" is a fairly… Continue reading The 15-Beat Method for Writers: My Thoughts!
Hello everyone! YUP. You heard me right. I feel like I've been writing Never Forget for the LONGEST time (though, actually, it's only been 2.5 months which is quick for me) and I am finally done. DONE. Phew. That was a tough process. Don't get me wrong, I loved this novel to bits. I loved… Continue reading I finished my WIP!!!! (& a snippet)
Hello everyone! How is it going? I am very barely alive... BUT (and it's a very big but!!!) I WON NANOWRIMO!!!!!! Hahaha yes! November was a crazy hectic month, in terms of writing, work, and life. (Unfortunately life doesn't pause just because of a little huge writing challenge, right!?) In addition to starting my WIP Never… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018 Debrief // What helped & what didn’t
By D.A. Smith You’re reading this because you just spent 30 days working on a 50,000-word novel for NaNoWriMo, and time is up. Congratulations! You wrote an average of 1,667 words per day, in November. This was no small feat. Especially, if you have a full-time gig or a family to tend to. Now, that… Continue reading GUEST POST: NaNoWriMo – What Happens Now?