NaNoWriMo

How Do You Get Motivated?

August 26, 2014 Writing Stuff
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Many times, motivation can be hard to find. Sometimes we need to sleep, relax, or play. Sometimes we’re stuck because the story is going in the wrong direction. And sometimes… What we really need is a kick in the pants.

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Ask Jami: Can We Use Beat Sheets with Scrivener?

December 17, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Do you use the Scrivener program for your writing? Many writers do, especially as Scrivener sponsors NaNoWriMo and offers a discount to participants. I started using Scrivener for my NaNo drafting last year and was able to buy the program at half-off because of my NaNo win. Woo hoo! Many writers like Scrivener (Windows and Mac) for […]

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NaNo Wrap-Up: Beat Sheets 101

December 3, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Now is the time of year when thousands of writers look at their NaNoWriMo story and think: Yay! Okay, now what? (Or if you’re like me, you’re still drafting the denouement for the final scene, but I’m close to finishing. *smile*) Whether we wrote by the seat of our pants or had an outline, there are […]

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Ask Jami: Writing Advice Podcast

November 21, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Yesterday, Brigid Ashwood interviewed me for her weekly Art Share podcast. On Art Share, Brigid speaks with authors and other creative artists about all aspects of the creative arts—from processes to business matters. She broadcasts live as a Google+ Hangouts On Air, which is then posted as a YouTube video so viewers can also catch up […]

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NaNo Prep: 4 Tips for Starting Our Story

October 31, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Tomorrow, thousands of writers will start their novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’m not in a good spot in my writing project schedule to participate this year (*pout*), but I’m cheering from the sidelines. (I’m Jami Gold if anyone wants to buddy me.) On this occasion, I wanted to bring together several tips […]

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Does Fast Drafting Create Editing Nightmares?

October 17, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Last week, we discussed how we can plan our story and avoid writing a “hot mess.” With NaNoWriMo almost upon us, now is the time to think about basic planning for plot and character arcs so we end up with a coherent story. But what about the writing quality itself? NaNo writing—where we have the pressure […]

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NaNo Prep: Do You Know What to Plan in Advance?

October 10, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Do you smell it? The crisp air, the fallen leaves? (Unless you’re Down Under.) It’s almost time for NaNoWriMo, when thousands of writers will try to cram 50,000 words into a 30-day deadline. Unfortunately, I won’t be doing NaNo this year, as I’m not in the right spot with any of my writing projects to […]

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A Pantser’s Guide to Beat Sheets

July 9, 2013 Writing Stuff
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I’ve mentioned many times that I write by the seat of my pants. I’ve also expressed my love of beat sheets—by creating several of them. I have beat sheets that focus on plot points, another focused on character arcs, and yet another focused on romance arcs. Wait, someone who writes by the seat of her […]

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Using CreateSpace as a Learning Experience

June 18, 2013 Writing Stuff
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For many writers, we long to see our name on a book. Even better is seeing our name on a book in print that we can hold in our hand. I got to have that experience for the first time this past weekend. Sort of. No, I’m not published yet. *smile* But as part of my […]

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12 Tips for Recovering from Writing Burnout

January 3, 2013 Writing Stuff
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As I write this, I’m suffering from acute sleep exhaustion after pulling an all-nighter. I stayed up until 5:30 a.m. to finalize not one, but two entries for RWA’s Golden Heart contest (the big contest for non-published romance writers) before the deadline. I’m glad I completed everything on time and met the deadline. However, I’ve now […]

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