Category Archives: Process

If Only They Were All One Day Work Weeks…

My house has never been so clean. Seriously. The laundry’s done, the closets are organized, and the baseboards are shining. I’ve baked two loaves of banana bread, a loaf of oatmeal raisin bread, and I even made pizza dough from … Continue reading

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Oh no!!! It’s the dreaded mid-Camp NaNo slump!

Chugging along. 5,000 words in – I’ve introduced my characters, the problem, and given a glimpse into what will happen. The novel has begun and I am excited and optimistic as a writer. All is well. 10,000 words in – … Continue reading

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The Tortoise or the Hare – Which Way is Better?

1,667. Every NaNoWriMo participant knows this magic number. One thousand six hundred sixty-seven words per day for thirty days will get each writer to their 50,000 word goal by the end of November. That number taunts me. I set a … Continue reading

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Brainstorming is Better with a Friend

Camp NaNo starts next week and I might throw up. I’m signed up with a plan to write 50,000 words during the month of July. Usually, November’s NaNo is reserved for this crazy endeavor, but, I figure if I want … Continue reading

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Creating Characters

I have a planning process for writing. It usually begins several weeks before I begin writing and one of my favorite parts is character planning. I love creating people and giving them hopes, dreams, and their own particular brand of … Continue reading

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Rainbows, Dark Horses, and Stephen King – or Inspiration

“Mrs. Waters – I don’t have anything to write about!” That’s it. The number one complaint from my second graders during writing time. I’m supposed to fill their writing tool belts with the “helpful” information from the text: Write about … Continue reading

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A plan! A plan! I have a plan!

Looking back, I realize that it’s been around two months since my last post.  I realize this and I have a valid excuse – well, at least it’s a valid excuse in my own mind! Simply put, I didn’t have a … Continue reading

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