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Short Stories or Novels: Which Should You Tackle First?

| November 30, 2020

If you’re sliding into the end of November with a brand new novel draft in hand after NaNoWriMo, congratulations! If you didn’t quite reach the end of your novel, that’s okay too! What’s critical in either cases is that you finish. And then? You revise. If you’re new to writing, you may find a lot […]

NaNoWriMo Advice

| October 19, 2020

I’ve talked before about why I personally don’t do NaNoWriMo anymore, but despite that, I still have advice for NaNoWriMo folks, based on my experience in past years! I think NaNoWriMo is valuable for newer writers, and even some experienced writers who need the proverbial kick in the pants to get started on a project. […]

Gamifying Your Writing

| June 22, 2020

Gamification is defined as “the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service.” In addition to the marketing applications, for some writers, gamifying writing tasks can be a great […]

Fun for Friday: NaNoWriMo (or other writer’s block) Help!

| November 15, 2019

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, you may very well be surfing past my website because you’re stuck. Your characters and plot have gone off the rails (if they even had rails to begin with), and you’ll do anything other than try to work on you novel right now. You need these prompts, which the […]

Fun for Friday: November 2019 Writing Prompts

| October 25, 2019

It’s time for the November 2019 writing prompts, which are a mix of random prompts with some themed prompts for November events this month. Hopefully, they’ll provide some fun options for you. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this November, you could try to work one or more of the words into your writing each day of […]

Why I Didn’t Do NaNoWriMo This Year (or last year)

| November 27, 2017

I did my first National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) in November 2009. I won that year, in that I wrote 50,000 words. But have those words ever seen the light of day again? Nope. After that year, I attempted NaNoWriMo six more times. I only won one additional time, though The Trouble with the […]

November 2015 recap

| December 1, 2015

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 19 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 20 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 14 New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 12 Well, November is over, and I don’t have a new novel to crow about. I started NaNoWriMo very strong, completing 20,000 words in […]

October 2015 recap

| November 4, 2015

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 19 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 13 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 14 New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 19 My recap is a little delayed this month because I hit the ground running with my NaNoWriMo novel as of November 1st, and […]

September 2015 recap

| October 1, 2015

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 18 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 12 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 13 New Submissions: 2 Stories out at the end of the month: 19 So September was a pretty good month! I got two new stories done (witches and machine) and submitted. And I got another story […]

August 2015 recap

| August 31, 2015

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 18 Acceptances received: 2 Rejections received: 15 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 17 New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 18 The numbers this month are oddly symmetrical, and yet not. I got word of two story acceptances: “Veli tis Artemidos” (a reprint) will be […]