A Truant Disposition

"I must be idle."

On the Process of Draft and Revision

My process changed when I started using NaNoWriMo to do first drafts. There are very good things about this, but it did create problems with the process of rewriting that I’ve become aware of recently. Perhaps it’s just a problem with this draft, but it’s potentially a problem with any “fast draft”. Let me start […]

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NaNoWriMo Hints for Success

Even though I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year, I know a lot of people are, so here’s some tips to help you out, based on my experiences successfully completing NaNo. Everyone has a different process, and different constraints on the time they have to write, so take whatever you think will work for you and […]

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Post-NaNoWriMo Summary 2015

This was my fourth year to do NaNoWriMo, and though every year is different, this year was more different than others. I completed the rough draft in 20 days (though fast, not unusual for me), but writing it was unusually difficult. I’m not sure I can accurately evaluate how good the draft is right now […]

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Do It Anyway

This is a rare cross-post from my Mighty Microblog. If you want to follow my progress this month, or get words of encouragement for your own writing project, you can follow me there. So, there’s a lot of bad stuff going on. And I posted here about why I might not be able to NaNoWriMo because […]

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Bracing For Impact

I’ve made mention a number of places online that I don’t know if I can do NaNoWriMo this year, and will probably not make a final decision until after Nov 1st. This has been generally misunderstood. I’m a NaNo veteran. I’ve won it in 3 weeks every time. The word count is no problem. When […]

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Post Camp Update

I made my Camp NaNoWriMo goal of 10K easily in rewriting the draft of last fall’s novel. I expanded some things that were written too thinly, sketchily, and fast, filling in the blanks to make things less likely to be misunderstood, adding scenes, and building on what I had already written. I have to say […]

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Camp NaNoWriMo and Other News

It’s been a busy week so far. As you may (or may not) have noticed, this website was down for a long time. The issue has been resolved, but it ate up a bit of time…and delayed this post, so what I was going to say here a few days ago I wrote instead on […]

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Post-NaNoWriMo 2014: What I learned this year

This year’s NaNoWriMo differed from the two previous years in a number of really great ways. Although I won previous years (and the second year was substantially easier than the first year), I’m still learning new things about how to write NaNo novels and how to integrate this lovable monster known as “NaNo” into my […]

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Pre-NaNoWriMo 2014

Because I know I’m not going to write any substantive posts during the creative madness which is NaNoWriMo, I’m trying something different this year. I’ve dusted off a WordPress blog I got a couple of years ago and have turned it into a microblog of miscellany. Generally, it will be a collection of short eclectic […]

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Plans, Pants, and Discovery

It’s generally thought that there are two types of writers, discovery writers and outliners, or as they are sometimes called “planners and pantsers”. The pants refer to “flying by the seat of your pants”, in other words, making it up as you go along. I consider myself a discovery writer, aka “pantser” even though I […]

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