Three Reasons Why I Write

I was listening to a podcast recently and the topic they discussed centered around why we as writers, well…write. It seems like such a simple question and yet it can really make one stop and think But the way the host approached it was this: come up with three reasons that you write. Then whittle […]

NaNoWriMo Day 29: Push Yourself

One. More. Day. That’s right, folks! We are down to the last of NaNoWriMo! The last bit where we need to push ourselves to not only finish, but finish strong. Grab more coffee, consume more chocolate. You’re on the last lap. Tomorrow at midnight, the final buzzer will sound. There are mere hours left to […]

NaNoWriMo Day 28: Keep Reaching

We are down to the last 72 hours (give or take) of NaNoWriMo 2017. The finish line is in sight! With every word I type, I’m reaching towards my end goal: 50,000 words. Actually, my end goal is more in the neighborhood of 65,000-70,000 words for my book. So while I will finish NaNo (fingers […]

NaNoWriMo Day 27: Commitment

Commitment. That’s one of the keys to the Nano experience. Consistency and commitment. You have to be willing not to just talk the talk, but walk the walk. It’s easy to talk, to say that you will be a winner and slay 50,000 words in 30 days. Broken down, it’s only 1,667 words a day. How hard […]

NaNoWriMo – Day 26: Take Pride

We are in the final stretch of NaNoWriMo 2017. If you’re anything like me, you may feel like your story is all over the place. But don’t worry. You should take pride in the fact that you are still writing this far into the game. Nano is a marathon for sure. And while your finishing […]

NaNoWriMo – Day 25: Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Sunsets happen every day. But no matter where in the world you see one, none of them are ordinary. Much like your daily writing during Nano, your words may feel ordinary, but they are anything but. Even if you toss them later, you wrote them. They have meaning, maybe just not what you need at […]

NaNoWriMo Day 23: Be Thankful

In America, today is Thanksgiving Day. Yes, it’s a day usually reserved for eating more than normal. Or eating treats you abstain from all year. The older I get, the more I really think on how thankful I am for all I have. be thankful I still eat more than I should and succumb to […]

NaNoWriMo Day 22: Discovery in Crisis

I have participated in Nano for the last four years. Each year, discovery inevitably makes an appearance. Sometimes it’s a good thing. Other times it’s something I have to learn to accept or be committed to changing. When crisis hits, you learn how you instinctively react. DISCOVERY IN CRISIS MODE Sink or swim. Flight or […]

NaNoWriMo Day 21: Risk and Reward

As someone who spent many years in the finance world, risk and reward are often uttered in the same breath. The more money you’re willing to risk in the portfolio, the larger the monetary reward. It all comes down to, how much are you willing to sacrifice in order to gain? For nano, risk it […]

NaNoWriMo Day 20: Determined to Finish

The days keep flying by and the deadline looms closer. But we writers are a determined lot, especially when the muse hits us in the head. When that happens, we end up with superpower abilities to write. DETERMINED TO FINISH At this point, Nano participants have been writing for 20 days straight. Even if you […]