I can doublethink, can you?

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."                                                                                             - F. Scott Fitzgerald It was Fitzgerald's idea, but George Orwell gave it a name. Nothing better describes my feelings about fairy tales is doublethink. Doublethink … Continue reading I can doublethink, can you?

NaNoWriMo—Training Lean, Mean, Writing Machines

The kind of post that will keep me sane when I participate in NaNoWriMo this year.

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Yesterday Jami posted about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and I really hope you guys take her class because she is truly a gifted teacher. Today, I want to talk a little bit about what writers (especially new writers) can gain from NaNo.

NaNo Teaches Endurance 

I remember years ago thinking, “Wow, if I could just write a thousand words a day, that would be AMAZING.” When I looked at professional authors, it was like watching a marathon runner—all the while knowing I couldn’t run a flight of stairs without requiring oxygen and possibly a defibrillator to restart my heart. I so struggled to get words on a page, and Lord help me if I saw something shiny.

Of course, after years of practiced discipline, I generally have a thousand words written by breakfast. When I fast-draft (which I do for all my books), my average is abnormally…

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Cupcakes should be real, but awards are nice, too

Warning: I'm doing it again! To my great surprise I've been nominated for another award. I'm thrilled that my little dog and pony show is getting people interested enough to want to recommend my site to others. This one is called the Super Sweet Blog Award. Here are the rules: Thank the person who nominated … Continue reading Cupcakes should be real, but awards are nice, too