• Drafting,  NaNoWriMo,  Plotting

    JuNoWriMo and New Adult Projects

    Hello! I met my wordcount goal today, so I’m feeling like I have the time (ha-ha) to blog. But, in fact, I do! It’s nearly summer and that means that JuNoWriMo, the June Novel Writing Month, cousin to the popular November version, is here. I’ve “done” JuNo for a few years now, but I’ve yet to win it. June has proved to be super busy, so my odds of adding another 50,000 words to my WIP are maybe 50/50 at this point. I’d like to win a JuNo, but we’ll see. Either way, I love the push of daily wordcount goals and the extra solidarity of twitter friends doing wordsprints.…

  • Contests,  NaNoWriMo,  Plotting,  wordcount,  Writing

    Another NaNo Victory!

    Last weekend I completed and won my third NaNoWriMo! This year was a bit (*cough, LOT) more of a roller-coaster than I remember the last two years being. I had a few zero wordcount writing days as well as two of my highest wordcount days ever–7300 and almost 9000 words. Whew! Yeah. I’m looking forward to finishing this novel, that has a working title of A Kingdom Between Us. It’s about a returning prince who is reclaiming his throne. He falls in love with…a maid. So, I’ve tried to add several twists to a couple of old tropes. I’m really excited about this story and so happy to be just…

  • Craft books,  Editing,  NaNoWriMo,  Plotting

    Character Brains

    In both plotting and revising, one of the issues I keep coming up against is the difficulty of setting up major conflicts in my stories. Difficult, but fun. Maybe it gets easier? Gulp. Sometimes I’ll step back from writing a section and scratch my head, wondering if I’ve made a character too smart or too oblivious. There’s a dread that we’ll let a major character be Too Stupid To Live (TSTL). Heroines are the ones typically labelled that way, but it can apply to heroes as well. (I’d argue that any hero who can’t see that his feelings are just feelings and not the end of the world, could be…