NaNoWriMo 2012: Validated

Well. It's official. My novel is just shy of 60,000 words, and validated. 4 years, 4 wins. Embarrassingly I think it took me longer to remember where to validate than it did to write the damned thing. So what now? History suggests I'll put this novel down on December 1 and go back to last … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2012: Validated


NaNoWriMo 2012: Worthy Distractions

I've spent so much of this week cooking and doing major house cleaning in preparation for holiday entertaining, so when I sat down Wednesday night to watch Gone With the Wind for the first time it felt positively indulgent. It's rare I watch TV without multitasking; usually I'm on the computer, writing or catching up … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2012: Worthy Distractions

NaNoWriMo 2012: Victory Lap

  Well, I've done it. Last night I hit 50,000 words, meaning if it weren't for Wednesday's computer troubles (yes, again) I could have finished NaNo in two weeks this year. I feel a vague sense of anticlimax, and I guess it's because now I've cheated myself out of the full month of intense struggle and … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2012: Victory Lap


NaNoWriMo 2012: Unprecedented Success

I never know what to share or not in the process of writing. Will people judge me based on rough drafts, or do others, as I do, enjoy insight into someone's creative process? This year I'm trying to do something new, trying to let go a little. Getting words down isn't a challenge for me, … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2012: Unprecedented Success


Nanowrimo 2012: Things that are terribly helpful

One of the things I love the most about National Novel Writing Month is the sense of community it fosters among writers. If college and its academic papers taught me anything, it's that writers left unchecked will tend toward solitary time and isolation, and that while this might be incredibly helpful when you're trying to … Continue reading Nanowrimo 2012: Things that are terribly helpful


Nanowrimo 2012: Unholy obsessions

I've been planning for my NaNoWriMo 2012 piece, intending to tackle the formidable task of historical fiction. It's leading me into the unfathomable depths of the Antebellum South, and possibly absolute madness. My reading list is staggering, and I'm pretty certain the 'historical' portion of my project is going to take vastly more time than … Continue reading Nanowrimo 2012: Unholy obsessions