My Slow Yet Serious Attempt at NaNoWriMo (or Why I Rewrite as I Go)

My attempt at NaNoWriMo has been slow-going so far this month, but I don’t see that as a failure yet—and I won’t let myself see it as a failure if I (when I) reach November 30 without 50,000 words. (Remind me I said that.) It’s the determination and the push to get out more wordsContinue reading “My Slow Yet Serious Attempt at NaNoWriMo (or Why I Rewrite as I Go)”

Guest Blog: What Inspires Bryan Bliss

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) Inspiration can come from the people and places all around you, and the memories you lived through. Here’s Bryan Bliss on what inspires him to write: For me, it’s watching a movie—seeing the Guy look at the Girl and knowing that everything is falling apart between them. It’s a songContinue reading “Guest Blog: What Inspires Bryan Bliss”

Guest Blog: What Inspires Tara Altebrando

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) Listen to music while you write? Today’s musical inspiration comes from Tara Altebrando: Whenever I latch onto a new project I start with a concept, sure, but the idea or premise must immediately link to a feeling—often something I felt long ago, maybe just once, and never again. Then IContinue reading “Guest Blog: What Inspires Tara Altebrando”

Guest Blog: What Inspires Lisa Schroeder

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) Today’s inspiration—for every brave person writing a novel this month—comes from Lisa Schroeder: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickinson Hope is what keeps me writing. Hope that I might write aContinue reading “Guest Blog: What Inspires Lisa Schroeder”

Inspiring Novel Openings

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) Often, the thing that inspires me to write a book is the most obvious of things you could imagine: Other books. Writers inspire me—as you’ll see, because I’ve invited some of them to write guest blogs about their own inspirations this month… …and the novels these writers write inspire meContinue reading “Inspiring Novel Openings”

Inspiration for November

Are you a person of questionable sanity who’s doing the NaNoWriMo challenge this month? If you are, you surely know the writing spree starts today, and maybe you’re seeking some inspiration to get you through to November 30 with your heart and head and fingers intact. Or maybe you’re a person who has a writing deadlineContinue reading “Inspiration for November”