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Camp NaNoWriMo

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Welcome to April, and… the start of Camp NaNoWriMo 2016!     I decided to take on Camp Nano this year for the very first time. Though I’m an old NaNo pro, I’m excited to be doing a new challenge, and … Continue reading


Enter to Win “No Plot? No Problem!” by Chris Baty

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Welcome to Day Three of National Novel Writing Month 2014! By the end of today, participants should be at around 5,000 words. (With only 1,784 words from the weekend, I have some catching up to do…)   If you find … Continue reading


NaNoWriMo 2014: Introducing The Gatlon Trilogy

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We are just two days away from the start of National Novel Writing Month, where all around the world people will attempt to write a 50,000 word novel (or the first draft of one) in a mere 30 days. I’ve … Continue reading


An Interview with the NaNo Challenge Winners

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I’m pleased to welcome three special guests today—the top three word-count writers from the Write Like Crazy NaNoWriMo Challenge! Each of these ladies wrote over HALF A MILLION WORDS, which is beyond amazing, and they were all kind enough to … Continue reading


Inspiring Stats from the Write Like Crazy Challenge

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I am still speechless at how successful this challenge was! I was honestly afraid when I posted about the challenge that I would hear nothing but crickets back at me. That I would post my final word count and no … Continue reading


The Write Like Crazy NaNoWriMo Challenge: Did You Win?!

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Happy December, Novelists!   I, for one, am so happy that November is over, and also so pleased with what I accomplished in the past 30 days. This was a big month for me, and the Write Like Crazy Challenge … Continue reading


A Pep Talk of Peppiness (and some friendly advice)

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We’re half-way through NaNoWriMo, and for many writers, inspiration is lagging, adrenaline has dipped, and you’re beginning to wonder what on Earth you were thinking to attempt this crazy novel-writing thing in the first place. So I thought some of … Continue reading


My Tips for Writing a Lot of Words

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News: SCARLET is a nominee in the GoodReads People’s Choice Awards, Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-Fi Category! Cast your votes here:     Many of you are taking part in my Write Like Crazy NaNoWriMo Challenge, and I am … Continue reading


Announcing the Write Like Crazy NaNoWriMo Challenge!

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Insignia finalists will be posted soon, but today, I’m announcing yet another contest. And depending on how it goes, this might be your last chance to win an ARC of CRESS!   Many of you know that I’ve done NaNoWriMo multiple … Continue reading


Gearing up for NaNoWriMo!

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November is just around the corner, which means that writers everywhere are gearing up for the month of noveling insanity that is National Novel Writing Month! Many of you know that Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and now Heartless all started life as … Continue reading