Lessons You Should Have Learned From Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo, Writing
For me, this year's first draft turned out to be easier to write than any Nanowrimo novel I've written before, and thanks to switching point of view characters and writing the first half twice, it's also the best written novel I've ever come out of November with. That said, it was absolutely exhausting. So you can expect some awesome, fresh content next week, but for now, I'd like to point you to something I wrote last year: 5 Things To Take Away From Your Nanowrimo Experience. Please do enjoy the post and feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions for what I should be writing next here on The Dabbler.
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10 Things To Do After Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo, Writing
For better worse, novel or no novel, Nanowrimo is now officially over and it's time to think about returning to your normal life. Or your not-so-normal life, whatever the case may be. If you're at a loss for what to do now that you've finished Nanowrimo, I've got some ideas to help you out: 1. Relax. You probably already spent yesterday doing this, but if you haven't stopped to relax and smell the roses yet, it's about time you did. You just spent a month frantically trying to write a novel. You deserve a reward. Plus, if you live in the northern hemisphere, it's definitely a good time of year to curl up with a big mug of hot chocolate and catch up on your favourite TV shows. 2. Get…
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Nanowrimo Veteran Pep Talk

Nanowrimo, Writing
Today I have a special treat for you as we close in on the end of the month, a pep talk sure to get you back on the writing treadmill from a Nanowrimo veteran who happens to be a good friend of mine. Please give Bethlyn Bechtel a warm welcome. Hi Nanoers!!!! Oh gosh. Nano is ALMOST over!! You're almost to the end of this INSANE war against words....and you see that you aren't done yet. You've had to deal with school or work or kids or wisdom teeth being yanked after a horrible toothache. Or some other such horrible distraction. AHHHH!!!!!!! That's me. I'm not done yet, either. If this was last year, I would have been done. I've done this! I can do it! BUT: no words want…
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5 Reasons Not to Give Up

Inspirational, Nanowrimo, Writing
The month is almost over and hopefully you're close to hitting your goals for the month, whether that means 50K, 100K or a finished novel. Of course, life has many different ways of preventing you from reaching your goals, so there's a pretty good chance that you're nowhere near your goals and wondering what made you think it was a good idea to pursue them in the first place. If you're far behind where you wanted to be at this time of the month, you're not alone. There are thousands of other Wrimos struggling through the same things right now, and you can find a great many of them on the forums. More importantly, having fallen behind doesn't mean you should give up. No matter what your word count is,…
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Tuesday Tips & Tricks

Nanowrimo, Writing
Week three of Nanowrimo is already here and if you're anything like me, you're filled with a combination of excitement and fear. Can you actually reach the lofty goal you've set for yourself? Is your novel garbage? Will you ever actually want to look at it again? Are you going to cross  the finish line? It's completely normal to doubt yourself at this point, and it's completely normal to think you'll have to throw away your novel. In fact, I'd go so far as to say throwing away your novel is fairly standard among Nanowrimo participants. I'm certainly not trying to salvage every single novel I've written during Nanowrimo. Whatever your feelings are about your novel, you can overcome them and you can write a novel in a month. All you need…
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Author Spotlight: Devorah Fox

Nanowrimo, Writing
Today's author has written pretty much anything you can imagine writing and won Nanowrimo multiple times. She's also self published a textbook with her husband and multiple Nanowrimo novels, but you'll find out more about that in the interview. Please give author Devorah Fox a warm welcome. 1. Can you tell us a bit about your books? I have National Novel Writing Month to thank for launching my novelist career. The Lost King, Book One of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam high fantasy series was my NaNoWriMo 2010 project. The createspace coupon that I got for winning that challenge spurred me on to put the book between covers. The Lost King was received with enthusiasm and fans asked “when’s the next book coming out?” Gee, I hadn’t planned on…
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Tuesday Tips & Tricks

Nanowrimo, Writing
Can you believe we're already in the second week of Nanowrimo? It's amazing how time flies when you're having fun--or when you're freaking out about an upcoming deadline... With any luck you haven't actually started freaking out yet and your word count is soaring well above where it's supposed to be at this point in the month. Either way, I've got a tip, a trick and a quote that should help see you through to the other side of this crazy novel writing adventure: A Tip If you keep stopping to edit, maybe it's time to turn your monitor off while you write--or at least tape a piece of paper over it so you can't see most of what you've written. This will help your words flow more freely and…
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Author Spotlight: Dana Sachs

Author Interviews, Nanowrimo, Reading Related, Writing
Are you ready to meet yet another awesome Nanowrimo author? Well then, you're in luck. Please give Dana Sachs, author of The Secret of Nightingale Palace, a warm welcome. 1. Can you tell us a bit about your books? The first time I tried Nanowrimo was in the fall of 2007, when I used it to write the first draft of the novel that would eventually become The Secret of the Nightingale Palace. I had already published my first novel, If You Lived Here, and a memoir, The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam, and this idea of writing a first draft in a month was a new prospect for me. I found that Nanowrimo helped me quite a bit in just getting the basic form of…
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A Tip, A Trick, and Some Inspiration

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Nanowrimo is finally fully underway and with any luck you took advantage of this past weekend to pound out an incredible word count. No matter how your month has started out, you can turn it around, especially if you follow this advice, offered by a combination of famous authors and less famous Nanowrimo veterans. If you don't see someone else credited, the advice comes from my own 10 years of experience participating in Nanowrimo. A Tip Don't worry if you miss a day or two this first week. Instead, clear some time in your schedule this weekend to play catch up if necessary--or get ahead if possible. A Trick If you think you need to read what you've already written to get back into the groove, make sure you start…
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Author Spotlight: E. Catherine Tobler

Author Interviews, Nanowrimo, Reading Related, Writing
I've actually had the pleasure of working with this author once before when she had a short story published in Penumbra. I'm sure you can imagine how pleased I was to discover that she was on the list of published Wimos, and that you'll understand why I was even more delighted when she agreed to this interview. Please give E. Catherine Tobler a warm welcome and enjoy what she has to say about Nanowrimo and the process of writing a novel: 1. Can you tell us a bit about your books?  The last four books I've finished all have one thing in common: they were started during Nanowrimo. In 2011, I wrote "The Kelpie Book." This became Watermark, which just saw publication (http://masque-books.com/titles/watermark/); it is the story of Pip, a…
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