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NaNoWriMo, Writing Groups, and Writing Competitions — Oh My!

NaNoWriMo, Writing Groups, and Writing Competitions — Oh My!

A quick question. How busy is your November?

Mine is expected to be insanely hectic. But for some reason, I thrive on that kind of chaos this time of year. As a matter of fact, this time of year is not only the busiest; it’s also my most productive month(s) all year long.

Every fall, I get an overwhelming urge to get something new out there. It’s always the same thing. First, comes the “I need to publish this manuscript.” What will it take to prep it for publication? The realization that none of my stories will be ready by the end of the year cripples my enthusiasm for a minute. So, I just keep plodding along as I did before the urge struck. Without realizing it, a new story slowly creeps in.

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Coshocton Write-On Writers Workshop 2016

Coshocton Write-On Writers Workshop 2016

In early October, I volunteered to help with the Write-On Writers Workshop. I was excited to be able to help this lovely group of people with this year’s event. My job was to run the registration table, share a short piece of my work and help with anything that needed attention. Here are a few photos of the day.

To read more on the Workshop, click below. 

 

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A Program to Boost Networking Skills for Writers

A Program to Boost Networking Skills for Writers

 

If you are a writer and struggling with ways to improve your networking skills—especially with social networking—then I would suggest giving this free challenge a try. After using it and really putting effort into learning from the program, I have seen so much improvement to my own interactions, both online and offline, and a bigger outpouring of expressed happiness from my followers.

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December Update

December Update

So, after my husband decided my website was too bare and went on a full-fledged attack to change every-little-thing—I’ve finally reclaimed my precious (still pretty bare) website and intend to spend a little time showing it some much needed TLC this week. Wish me luck!!

And in an attempt to prevent future advances I’m considering rearranging everything on his desk and in each drawer, possibly even building a Christmas scene with his tools and sewing little dresses for them…

I promise I really was just a little too busy with projects over the last few weeks, and I’m really hoping my progress continues well into the new year. Here is a quick run-down of some of them.

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My New Fountain Pen

My New Fountain Pen

I originally received this lovely deep blue fountain pen from my husband as a Christmas gift. I was totally stoked for about two minutes. In those two minutes I learned that I did not have all the necessary pieces of the equipment.

During the chaotic mess of holiday shopping, he failed to realize that this particular style of pen would need ink to function properly.

You would think that this would be easily accomplished by just heading over to amazon and ordering the ink cartridges (or ink to fill the empty tank that comes with it), but alas, this was not the case.

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11 Tips on How to Write a Difficult Character

11 Tips on How to Write a Difficult Character

 

Have you ever had trouble writing a character in a story because they want to go in a different direction? Have you struggled to make them fit into an idea that you have—only to be met by resistance? Did you spend days, weeks or even months trying to get past a particularly rough spot?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions; know that you are not alone.

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May Update on Novel

May Update on Novel

 

Good Morning everyone! If you are stopping in on this page, you must be curious about my Young Adult ToLW story, and how it is coming along.

If you recall, last month I was very disappointed in chapters eleven and twelve. I had forced myself to push through both chapters and the results left a lot to be desired. I did not have any choice but to go back over it—in what I thought would be terrible struggle to bend the story to my will. 

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