NaNoWriMo… are you doing it?

It’s November, which means the writing crowd is filled with folks posting about NaNoWriMo – basically a month-long event that’s meant to encourage people to actually write, and complete, a novel in 30 days. While I have some great friends who swear by it, and participate every year, it’s not my thing. I think the idea…

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Scrivathon 2016

  First a little word from your crazy host… I rarely do anything like this – but while participating in a recent Twitter pitch contest, I met the most amazing crew of fellow writers, and when this idea got bandied about, I jumped at the chance to help out… even in a tiny little way.…

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Friends and frustrations…

It’s been a challenging month. In the midst of the usual familial stuff, we’ve also been dealing with a major fracture among some of our closest friends. I’ve been fortunate to have plenty to distract me from over-thinking the whole mess – kids, home, family, etc. plus putting a lot of effort into PitchWars (a writing contest),…

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Cheerleader and ass kicker…

So, this morning I woke up to drama. Not a big deal, really. These things happen. People disagree, and thanks to the nature of internet communications, miscommunication about those disagreements happen. The issue was handled and no one seems the worse for wear… but any time something like this happens, it makes me examine my…

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Keeping it Classy

Technically, this post is aimed at Pitch Wars participants, but really, it applies to any writer—whether participating in a contest, querying, or what. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the process, to focus on your own journey and experience—especially in a contest like Pitch Wars. Which means it’s also easy to…

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Mentor Madness…

So the idea of Pitch Wars is basically pairing unagented authors with a more experienced author to tackle improving their manuscript before submitting to agents. (extremely short version there) In years past, hopefuls selected the mentors they thought would be a good fit and submitted their query and first chapter to them. You had a limited…

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Pitchy Pursuit… Pitch Wars 2016

It’s that time of year again… Pitch Wars!  (certified GIF-free post – but I do have a slideshow!) I participated last year with a manuscript that I thought was ready to go… yeah, I was mistaken. I shelved that story for a bit and worked on some other projects, but the story kept nagging me.…

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