NaNoWriMo Day #13

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 13! Ooh, Day 13. . . Sounds a bit creepy, doesn’t it? It’s the weekend. Weekends are meant for rest and fun. So, as you’re writing, keep this in mind: I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. ~ Brenda Ueland May all of us feel like a content kindergartner as we write today’s 1667 (or more!) words. Your random challenge word of the day is: backwards Does your protagonist get...

An Interview With Lani Diane Rich

~ Interview By Melina Kantor It’s an absolute honor to have Lani Diane Rich (aka Lucy March) as a guest today! In addition to being the author of a bunch of fabulous chick lit and contemporary romance novels, she’s a born teacher. Through her podcasts, online classes, and blog, she’s been a mentor and an inspiration to countless writers. Until the day I heard Lani talk about NaNoWriMo on an episode of Will Write for Wine, it hadn’t ever occurred to me that I’d write a novel. That was in 2007. Now, in 2010, I have  just started my...

NaNoWriMo Day #12

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 12! TGIF! 🙂 So. Have you told your family and friends that you’ll be hiding this weekend, curled up with your WIP? Are they giving you grief about it? Hopefully not, but you may need to look them in the eye and quote Mark Twain: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. ~ Mark Twain Your random challenge word of the day is: fruit Does a character send or receive a fruit basket? Any of the fruit...

NaNoWriMo Day #11

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 11! Happy Thursday! We hope you’re rocking those word counts! Today’s inspiration: I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. ~ James Michener See? Don’t worry about the quality of what you’re writing this November. Revision is a beautiful thing. So just write on! Your random challenge word of the day is: inheritance Hmm. Maybe torture your protagonist by having her inherit something she’s always wanted and then hating it? Or maybe the inheritance gets stolen? Don’t forget to leave us a comment and let us know how you’re doing! And if you’ve managed...

‘Tude-torial #6

~ By D.D. Scott For this week’s Chick Lit “It’s all about the attitude” ‘Tude-torial, I’m Harley Jane Kozak-ing it! That’s right…as in “the” Harley Jane Kozak, the fabulous actress whose screen credits include PARENTHOOD (with Steve Martin), THE FAVOR, and ARACHNOPHOBIA, plus the beyond fabulous author whose books include the multiple award-winning DATING DEAD MEN and who also happens to be the amazing woman I’m thrilled to be doing a MUSE THERAPY GOES HOLLYWOOD Live Workshop with in LA next year for RT11. Harley Jane had this to say about our beloved Chick Lit genre: Chick-lit, for me,...

NaNoWriMo Day #10

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 10! Anyone else come to the conclusion that it’s time to introduce more caffeine into your daily routine? *sighs* Remember on Day 8 when we highly recommended eavesdropping? To make life easier, Chris has done more listening in for you: Saturday afternoon at the airport, a man explains to a woman: “You done a lot of time in school, but you ain’t learned all you need to know. What I’m saying is, there’s more than you know what you don’t know.” Not that I could use this carefully recorded conversation verbatim, but there might be a...

NaNoWriMo Day #9

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 9! How’s week two coming? 🙂 Anybody else freezing? Thrown off by the extra hour? You’re not alone. Today’s inspiration comes from Chris Baty, creator of NaNoWriMo: “As you write your way through the next seven days, know that Week Two hurts so bad because you’re making huge strides in your book, solving a year’s worth of plot and character problems in one overcaffeinated week. The answers will come.  Just keep at it, and before you know it, Week Two will be a distant memory.  The sun will be shining again, the way will be clear,...

Just the Facts, Ma’am

~ By Jeff Salter Fact-checking. In my five completed novel manuscripts, I’ve often marked places with bracketed question marks which indicate:  “Jeff, research this.”  I usually don’t stop the flow of my writing at that point, but I DO come back later. Why?  A real-life example of the importance of fact-checking: When I needed to change the oil in the riding mower we’d just gotten from my wife’s Dad, I found a label inside the engine cowling which conveniently listed pertinent maintenance info, including its oil capacity:  48 ounces. Fast-forward:  it’s time to add the new, clean oil.  Some...

NaNoWriMo Day #8

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 8! And to the second week of this noveling madness. Week 2 is famous for being a pain. Yeah, yeah, it’s Monday, and that doesn’t help. But if we stick together, we’ll be fine. Pinky swear. Sometimes, inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. For example, check out this example of how a conversation overheard in a coffee shop could work itself into a novel: Mid-morning in a coffee shop, two baristas and a customer discuss airport security hassles. “Yeah, you can fly with a gun. You just have to pack it in a special...

NaNoWriMo Day #7

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 7! It’s Sunday. Time to rock that word count, people! But first, we highly recommend treating yourself to a leisurely cup of coffee. Today’s inspiration comes from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love: I believe that – if you are serious about a life of writing, or indeed about any creative form of expression – that you should take on this work like a holy calling. I became a writer the way other people become monks or nuns. I made a vow to writing, very young. I became Bride-of-Writing. I was writing’s most devotional handmaiden....

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