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Take a Moment to Get Caught Up

Much to my surprise, WordPress sent me an email with this site’s stats for last year, and I discovered that quite a few people are still visiting.

If you’ve enjoyed the articles you read here, please check out my new blog, The Dabbler

You can also follow the newsletter I started last year–and get a sweet booklet with over 100 novel planning resources–by clicking here.

I’m truly thrilled that you’ve found my old site, and I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen here enough to follow me throughout my writing journey on The Dabbler.

Giveaway and Nanowrimo Blogstravaganza!

If you’re wondering what’s going on at The Dabbler lately, we’re having a Nanowrimo blogstravaganza featuring useful advice from various Nanowrimo veterans including myself, and hosting Robin Burks, published Nanowrimo veteran, to celebrate her re-release of YA novel Zeus, Inc. Go check it out and get the chance to win your very own copy of Zeus, Inc.

What have you accomplished this summer?

Come check out the latest post at the Dabbler and share what you’ve accomplished over the last two months.

Friday Prompt

Check out this week’s prompt at The Dabbler and don’t forget to sign up for the RSS feed and email newsletter. You’ll find both sign up links right in the sidebar.

Focus in on what really matters

Check out the latest post at The Dabbler. You’ll also find shiny new links to subscribe to either the Dabbler’s RSS feed or the monthly newsletter starting in September.


Check out today’s post about prioritization at The Dabbler! Don’t forget to sign also sign up for my email newsletter to receive monthly updates on The Dabbler’s progress.

*Please note that I have decided not to crosspost things in their entirety, but I will post links to all new posts on The Dabbler here for as long as I have this domain.

Picture Prompt

Check out this week’s prompt over at The Dabbler!

What to Read While I’m Away

Next week I’ll be following one of my new rules for productivity–I will take breaks from Dianna’s Writing Den–so I thought I’d gather up some posts for you to read during the week I’ll be away. Today’s posts are all about writing fiction.

Circumlocation at it’s best or worst–at Live Write Thrive will tell you about the concept of circumlocation. Hint: It’s similar to overwriting.

Worldbuilding: Coming of Age Rituals and Coming of Age over at Marshall Ryan Maresca’s blog discusses the many different options for coming of age rituals.

Sci-Fi Deak Style is the first of a new series of posts on the Penumbra blog about “science that doesn’t work well in science fiction… But has to”. This post introduces the series and the conundrum many science fiction writers face when trying to write a great story.

Readers Owe Writers Approximately Zip-Nada-Zero over at Terrible Minds is an excellent post about what readers don’t have to do for writers. This is also one of my favourite blogs, but be warned, it’s usually very profane.

Hopefully this will keep you reading all next week. Have a lovely weekend and I’ll be seeing you on the 29th.

So Who CAN Write 10K in 4 Hours?

You’ll probably remember the insane challenge I posted last month to attempt to write 10K in 4 Hours. I originally promised to post a list of everyone who succeeded here on my blog, but after attempting the challenge myself and realizing that it’s much harder than I remembered, I decided to post the usernames and final word counts of everyone who dared attempt this with me. This is because I realized that just like in Nanowrimo itself, anyone who even attempts this crazy feat is a winner–and incredibly enough, all of my brave participants won Nanowrimo itself and therefore deserve a huge pat on the back.

And so here is the long awaited list of brave champions who dared try writing 10K in 4 Hours, divided into two–the brave participants and the champions.

Brave Participants

RandomChaosElement–4, 273
Wulfae–6, 905
WnGoddess–4, 000
Litharukia(me)–8, 910

Sunstreak–10, 000
Moogle99–10, 001
EliteGundam–10, 385

Congratulations to everyone who participated! Whether or not you made it, remember that you are a winner–and that there’s always next year.

Nanowrimo Survival Tips

Can you believe we’re already at day five of Nano? It’s amazing how quickly the days pass sometimes, but don’t start fretting over how many we have left. You’ve still got lots of time–including four full weekends–to write your novel. The luckiest people spent their whole weekend at the keyboard, words falling from their finger tips, and now have a nice word count cushion in case they miss a few days. Worst case scenario is that you haven’t started your novel yet, but that’s still not an awful scenario–people have started with as little as one week left and still smashed their goal.

Whether you’re one of the lucky ones or you’re at a loss for where to start–or you’re in the middle, right on your daily target–I’ve got some tips to help you get ahead and put yourself in a nice position at the start of week one.

1. Get competitive. Whether you’re ahead or drowning, getting competitive is a good way to get–and stay–on top of your word count. Find someone whose word count is close to yours and send them a Nanomail challenging them to some friendly competition: who will reach 50, 000 words first? Who can get more words by the end of the month? Competition isn’t the only reason why I have such high word counts, but believe you me, it helps.

2. Get silly. Stuck? Hop on over to the Dares thread on the Nanowrimo forums. There you’ll be challenged to incorporate all kinds of things in your novel, from witty one liners to odd characters to entire subplots. Some dares may even inspire a WHOLE NOVEL, such as my dare to write “The novel to end the world”, in which someone’s Nanowrimo novel brings about the apocalypse.

3. Get ahead. The best favor you can do yourself is to get ahead. You can do this a couple ways. If your goal for the month is just the basic 50, 000, you can write 2,000 words a day instead of 1,667. If you write that much every day successfully, you’ll have 60, 000 words. If not, you should still hit 50K. The numbers can be adjusted to suit your goal. Of course, the other way is to dedicate a day–say this Saturday–completely to writing so you can get an extra few thousand words. This creates a buffer for when you’re feeling uninspired.

This week is all about getting into the flow of fast paced novel writing. Train yourself to stay focused and get ahead, because next week’s probably going to be rough. Keep your eyes on the prize and your mind on your novel–to ease into the flow of writing, try thinking through plot points on your way home. And if you’re feeling uninspired, take a look through the forums–you’re certainly not alone, and you can also adopt plots there and discover exercises that will get you right back to work.

But most importantly–have fun! And if you’re not having fun, find a new novel to write.