This marks my first review of an audiobook. Since I’m not an auditory learner, this puts me in a difficult position, seeing as there is no way I remembered everything I heard. However, I will do my best. Spoilers. As usual, I will start with … Continue reading Parasite by Mira Grant
It’s that time of year again! And this month I’m back at it with the same WIP I’ve been working on for NaNo and the previous Camp. This month I’m going for a complete overhaul of the first 25,000 words, and I’m excited to move … Continue reading Camp NaNo Begins, Plus a Great World-Building Tip
To briefly recap the Red Queen series thus far: the first book was slow, but ultimately satisfying and the second book was less satisfying, but with an amazing climax. For part 3, Aveyard creates an intriguing roller coaster of a novel that ultimately feels like … Continue reading King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Since my last review, I have been searching for a new book that could hold my interest. It has been surprisingly difficult, and I have put down at least four half-read books in the process. But finally, after much urging from my mother, I’ve found … Continue reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Ever since hearing him speak at ConnectiCon, I’ve been following David Farland’s #WritingTips newsletter (subscribe here). It’s a great resource from an author who has not only published dozens of novels, but also knows a great deal about book marketing and the publishing industry (because of … Continue reading The KAV Cycle: How David Farland Proved I Suck at Imagery
I normally don’t review books I didn’t finish reading, but I cannot bring myself to finish this one. Not because it’s bad, per se. I’ve read and reviewed others that I thought were much worse than this. No, I had to put this one down … Continue reading Zer0es by Chuck Wendig
It’s hard to even describe what this book is about, since Scalzi creates a narrative of complex information and forgettable characters. In the world of Lock In, a disease called Haden’s Syndrome causes people to become vegetables, but affected people are able to upload their … Continue reading Lock In by John Scalzi
At long last, NaNoWriMo has come to a close. And you know what? I did it. It was hard, and there were many nights where I wanted to give up. But now that I’m on the other side of this, convinced I’m a complete hack … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2016: Victory!
Yes, NaNoWriMo is halfway over, and yes, I have reached 25,000. And the experience has been enlightening in its own way, especially in the past week.
The key to NaNo is to write, no matter what. Since the goal is quantity, the approach is to simply write as many words as possible, regardless of how good they turn out. This is an easy strategy, in theory, but it’s a little more difficult in practice. (more…)
So far so good. A routine has been established and momentum is building. So far, being over-prepared has helped immensely in getting me in the right mindset to start. Hopefully, the trend will continue.
Pro tip: make yourself a plan for what you want to write throughout the day. If your writing time is significantly divided (or, like me, you write during your lunch hour), set yourself small writing goals that can be completed and added together when you have more time.