A Creative Focus for 2021

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Working within limitations actually forces our brains to solve problems more creatively.

Fast Draft Your Manuscript: It’s NaNoWri

Do you want to write faster and enjoy the process while doing so? Check out Fast Draft Your Manuscript and Get It Done.

W-Plot Your Way to a Better Scene

W-Plot a better scene by Zara West

~ Plot Your Scene with the W-Plot Method ~ The W-Plot can be used to lay out an entire novel, but it's true strength is in plotting scenes. I am doing NaNoWr again this year. I love being part of a huge group of writers all excited about writing and encouraging each other every day … Continue reading W-Plot Your Way to a Better Scene

Fifteen Minutes Writing – The Book Factory Method

Writing in Fifteen Minutes by Zara West

~ Life in Fifteen Minutes ~ Do you know how much time you spend on daily activities like reading e-mail and perusing Facebook? Do you struggle to reach your daily word count? I know that I do. A while back, I took a workshop with USA best-selling author Kerri Nelson, which she has recently published … Continue reading Fifteen Minutes Writing – The Book Factory Method

Plotting a Romance: What Works for Me

ZAra West reviews Roamncing the Beat by Gwen Hayes

~The Path of True Love ~ I truly believe that the best way to learn to be a writer is to be a voracious reader. That said, how-to-writing books definitely have a place in honing one’s skills. I have read many books that I have found helpful. Today I will review one of my favorites … Continue reading Plotting a Romance: What Works for Me

I love to read: Why reading during NaNoWri is a bad Idea

I love to read

I love to read. In fact, I don't just love it-- I am compelled to read. I read everything. If there is a newspaper in the recycle bin, I read it. If there is a cereal box on the table, I read the label. If there is a book left anywhere, I pick it up … Continue reading I love to read: Why reading during NaNoWri is a bad Idea

Fast Drafting My Way to The End or What I Learned from NaNoWri

Fast Drafting for NaNoWri

My first novel, written as a respite from working on my dissertation, took me five years to write. My second novel took seven years to write. My third novel took one month. What made the difference? Fast drafting. Fast drafting is the writing process in which you throw out everything you've learned about good writing … Continue reading Fast Drafting My Way to The End or What I Learned from NaNoWri

NaNoWri starts Tomorrow and I Can’t Wait.

Ready. Set. Go. Got my plot. Got my characters. Got my GMC outline. Got my alarm set. Everything appears ready for me to dive in and write my first 2000 words (Technically you need to write 1533 a day, but I aim for 2000 words a day - that way I get ahead a bit … Continue reading NaNoWri starts Tomorrow and I Can’t Wait.

Why NaNoWri fires me up to write faster

NaNoWri or National Novel Writing Month starts on Tuesday. This will be my third year participating. I don't know why, but somehow tracking words and trying to attain the 50,000 word challenge in 30 days just gets my blood flowing and the creative juices oozing.  So I am getting set for the race to the … Continue reading Why NaNoWri fires me up to write faster