First Draft Deceptions

I get it. Words are deceptively hard. There's so much that no one tells you about getting that first draft written, and trying to learn the craft while writing a novel is soul-crushing. I've been writing for over ten years, and during that time, I've come across a lot of different people who are ultimately failing themselves and their stories for different reasons. I want to address some of the more common writer-types that I've come across, because getting the first draft out of you is the hardest part. Keep in mind that none of these people are making their first draft happen. If you think you might be one of these, I wanted to also give you some encouragement and tips to help get you back on track.

Three Tips to Prepare for NaNoWriMo Like a Boss (Updated for 2021)

Hello, Lovelies! For those of you just tuning in, November is the National Novel Writing Month, and if you were thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I have some pretty good tips on how to prepare yourself for success. I have no small amount of knowledge of NaNoWriMo, because for about three years, I …

How to Estimate How Long a Project Will Take

It's #Preptober for #NaNoWriMo and I wanted to talk to you a little bit about project management. I think it's important in light of the National Novel Writing Month that we all know how to objectively plan how to work on our projects every day. Once you figure out a few key things about your writing habits and capabilities, planning out how long it will take you to complete any given project will be only too easy.

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