50K Words Later: NaNoWriMo Lessons & Takeaways

50K Words Later: NaNoWriMo Lessons & Takeaways

One cannot survive on writing alone but in November, we try... National Novel Writing Month [NaNoWriMo] asks authors to commit to completing 50K words [the first draft of a novel] in a single month. I wanted to share what helped me get through it, where I plan to do things differently the next go around, and one crucial question that I was left pondering as the month’s end drew near.

Common Writing Challenges Facing Authors and Bloggers

Common Writing Challenges Facing Authors and Bloggers

While doing an interview for Jon McBrine, I was asked about common writing challenges that aspiring writers might face. In my response I discussed the plethora of distractions, which was the first thought that came to mind. When I saw his question, I immediately realized that there are too many "traps for aspiring writers" to [...]

When You Are Hooked on a Book

When You Are Hooked on a Book

When you love a book, the ending of the story doesn’t necessarily finalize your journey with the characters. You create sequels, prequels, and alternate endings in your imagination. You feel justified filling the gaps in their story. After all, you've glimpsed their thoughts, shared their hopes and dreams, witnessed their first kiss, and held them in their darkest hours.