It’s Nano time!

The marathon has started. Which just goes to show you that neither rain, nor snow, nor flooding, nor lack of electricity will stop writers from chasing the dream of writing a novel.  If you live in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania, you probably started off writing by candlelight or flashlight.  Maybe you resorted to … Continue reading

RIDING THE NANO RHINO

At two a.m. this morning, I hit the 50,000 word count for the National Novel Writing Month.  It was a quiet moment, marked by the cacophony of snores from my two dogs  and from my husband who was out cold with a laptop propped on his chest.  Such is the fate of the writer. We … Continue reading

WHY RAVEN?

Twelve years ago, I enrolled in my first online writing class.  I was terribly nervous about exposing myself to a faceless audience.  Like all newbies, I was petrified of anyone reading my work. The idea of someone not liking one of my stories sent me into a panic mode. Somehow, I thought that if I … Continue reading

THE STORY BOARD

Earlier in my writing journey, I shunned the use of the story board.  I felt it was too time consuming, especially when I figured in the time spent gathering all the materials and then the actual time it took to prepare the board. A decade later, I returned to this tool, but this time, I … Continue reading

DAY 17 of TAP!

Things got a bit hairy around my house last week.  Big family party.  Run in with a deer.  Doctor appointments for everybody starting school in a few weeks.  Massive anxiety over whether the clunker I know is better than a new car with horrible reliability ratings and an expiration date stamped on the tail plate.  … Continue reading

DAY 11 OF TAP!

Tuesday Evening Totals: Aven 500 words =10,000 words so far! Paige: 1100 words= 10,000 words so far! Greta: still moving along. Getting through a tough area. Raven :  1000 words. (remember, I’m revising. I cut out a long scene) spent 1 1/2 hours at the write and 1/2 hours reading about scenes. Shriek :  informs … Continue reading

DAY 8 OF TAP!

We’ve reached the one week milestone.  How is everyone doing? Taking a look at the reports, I’m going to say everyone is doing what they promised to do, work on a project every day.  It’s beginning to make a difference. One week ago, I didn’t have my first four chapters clearly marked, nor did I … Continue reading

DAY 4 OF TAP!

Well, this was certainly an interesting day.  I eliminated three gremlins and two more surfaced, one right here and another at the website that I’ve been trying to get finished. I spent most of the day working through the glitches with my daughter. Anyway, I did manage to tap out 1000 words. I ended up … Continue reading

Day 3 of TAP!

Okay,  I missed the update for TAP! yesterday. I’m afraid I was busy killing gremlins that invaded my afternoon.  I’m happy to say, I’ve slain all but three. Those are cornered in the bathroom.  I intend to flush them down the toilet after I finish bandaging my wounds. The thing about these nasty little creatures … Continue reading

DAY 2: The Horses Have Left The Gate!

Five writers have openly declared they are participating in TAP! Good number.   And they’ve left the gate at breakneck speed!  Paige checked in with another 2,ooo  making her 2 day total 4,000.  Aven is at 3,500.  I just finished my two hour sprint about an hour ago and have a 4,000 word count.  Shriek informs … Continue reading