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NaNoWriMo Begins! (and why I am a NaNoWriMo Rebel this year)

NaNoWriMo begins today! For those who don’t know, the full name of this annual event is called National Novel Writing Month. There are many variations possible for those who want to use this community writing challenge in other ways (I’ll be talking more about this later in this post), but . . .





Work goals for 2013: MiG Writers

I mentioned earlier that the members of my MiG Writers critique group have all posted their work goals for the coming year: here’s the post. Thanks to Christy Farley (whose YA novel GILDED debuts this November) for putting this post together! One of the reasons I’m so looking forward to the . . .



Limited time to write but seeking a motivational challenge?

Too often, writing challenges end up in frustration and guilt rather than motivation. If you’re looking for a writing challenge but have limited or unpredictable time to write, try my 250, 500 and 1000 words/day challenge. And if you’re on Facebook, you can encourage and commiserate with other writers on the 250/500/1000 . . .



Project For Awesome: Debs & Errol talk about supporting literacy nonprofit The Office Of Letters and Light

The Office Of Letters and Light not only organizes NaNoWriMo but also the Young Writers Program, Script Frenzy and the Script Frenzy Young Writers Program, among other events. The goal: to help kids and adults find the inspiration, encouragement and structure they need to reach their creative potential.  Here’s a video from my friends Debs & Errol about why donating . . .




Comic Caption Contest & A PiBoIdMo Guest Post

I have a comic caption contest over on Tara Lazar’s blog today, as part of PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) as well as a guest post about how I come up with picture book ideas. The winner gets a signed copy of I’M BORED with a hand-drawn doodle inside. If you already . . .



Episode 2 of NaNoMusical now online!

Yay, episode 2 of NaNoMusical is online! I just love the delicious NaNoEmoAngst of the first song. Plus Dale and Jill are just SO ADORABLE together. 🙂 In case you missed the first episode:



PiBoIdMo: Picture Book Idea Month

Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) starts today! The goal: to come up with 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. Even if you’re not ready to join the challenge but are still interested in reading the daily guest posts about writing, illustrating and publishing picture books (hey, I’m one of . . .