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NaNo and Beyond

Hey guys, this is me checking in. For those of you not following my Twitter feed, I’ve been posting there a day-by-day account of how this year’s NaNoWriMo attempt has been going. Since I know not all of you are probably on Twitter (or following me specifically), I am going to try and do these occasional updates to talk about what’s been happening lately. So here we go. For at least three years now, I’ve been sitting on an idea for a historical fiction novel, and for the last seven years, I’ve been struggling to feel the remotest bit inspired. It just hasn’t felt like “the right time”. There’s been a lot of other changes in my life and I wanted to save this project for when I could devote some real time to it, and not add it to my pile of “almost-was” drafts. So, when I knew I was going to be taking off three months from accepting new queries (November-January), I heard that subtle whisper that maybe NOW would be a good …

NaNo19: It’s begun!

Welcome to November. Somewhere across America, fingers are flying with a frenzied energy as a writer is pouring their soul onto the page in a maddeningly exciting, stressful, and crazy experiment called National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) where writers across the globe attempt to produce a 50,000 word manuscript in 30 days.

Back From Another Conference

Another weekend come and gone and with it, Gateway Con 2019, the third-annual conference for writers held at the beautiful Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, MO. If you missed it, you missed more than the great speakers, readers and workshops, you also missed out on the loud and occasionally raucous after party. If you haven’t noticed, writers like to decompress after the stresses of speaking, pitching, and sometimes, hand-to-hand combat, and there’s nothing quite like a party for networking. Before it sounds like all fun and games, I wore a few different hats this year, running the registration table for a couple of hours, attempting to keep people pitching on track (it’s harder than it sounds), networking and even sitting in on an “Ask the Agent” session and both learning a lot about the trade and offering some feedback from my own experiences. As one eager writer expressed it, “Literary agents are the rock stars of a writing conference”. I don’t know that that’s true, but getting to know other agents and hearing some of …