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Linda Sue Park’s #12minutes writing routine for first drafts

To those who never have problems writing the first drafts of their novels, you can skip this post. For others like me who sometimes find it a challenge (especially during the past couple of years) getting that first draft down, I highly recommend Linda Sue Park’s 12-minute Pomodoro routine. I . . .




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 . . .