Is Camp NaNoWriMo Right For You?

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NaNoWriMo gets all the press and Twitter love. But what about Camp NaNoWriMo?

You don’t have to be an accomplished writer to join Camp NaNoWriMo. You don’t even have to like camping to participate. If you want to write and reach a goal by the end of the month, then this writing challenge could be right for you.

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5 Ways Gamification Can Transform Your Writing

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Does your writing need a jolt? A shake-up? Anything to make it fun again?

So you’re not writing, but it’s not because you don’t like to write anymore. You wouldn’t take the time to read this blog post if writing is just a hobby that’s fading from your life. You’ve just reached that phase of writing we all hit from time to time: writer’s block.

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Summer Writing Camps for Adults: 2019 Edition

Summer Writing Camps for Adults 2019 Edition via KLWightman.com
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For years, I wondered why only kids get the chance to run away from all their problems and express their creativity through the ritual we call summer writing camp. This is something adults want too!

Thanks to you, I know I’m not alone. I wrote this blog post last year to see if it was only me that wanted a seasonal escape. Turns out, hundreds of you also want to spend a week of your summer somewhere full of adventure where your creative writing can run wild.

So the tradition of this list continues.

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My NaNoWriMo: Round 6, Week 4

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We’ve reached the final stretch! After a week of holiday meals and family gatherings, the odds were stacked against me to stay on track with my National Novel Writing Month daily and weekly goals.

So, how did I do? Read my progress report below!


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My NaNoWriMo: Round 6, Week 3

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Week 3 of National Novel Writing Month should feel like I’m closer to the end, but there’s still two weeks left! This week, I returned back to my normal routine but life kept throwing curveballs in between my creative writing sessions.

Here’s what I have been up to this week on My NaNoWriMo journey.


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My NaNoWriMo: Round 6, Week 2

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Week 2 of National Novel Writing Month—and it already feels like an entire month! This week, I’ve written thousands of words, discovered a writing strategy to keep me on track and am surprised by how well this story is shaping (even though several rounds of edits are in my future).

So, what have I been up to this week when it comes to My NaNoWriMo?


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How to Add More Scare into Your Story

How to Add More Scare Into Your Story via KLWightman.com
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True fear is hard to convey, especially when writing a scary story. Sure, you can state that your character feels fearful, but fear is an art form better shown than told. And merely repeating the words “fear” and “dread” and “horror” and “panic” and “fright” and “alarm” and “scare” isn’t going to cut it.

You could go with the classics of rattling chains, splattering of blood and tormented groans. But that’s all been done before.

What you want is to chill your readers to the core. You want to see goosebumps. You want to haunt their nightmares.

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5 Things Not to Focus on When Writing Your First Draft

5 Things Not to Focus on When Writing Your First Draft via KLWightman.com
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Congratulations! You have decided to embark on writing the first draft of your story.

There’s a good chance that you’ve been on this journey before. You tried writing another story that didn’t go as planned. And by planned, I mean writing the story from start to finish.

That’s why you’re reading my blog post. Because you want to get it right this time.

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