It’s tempting to write before NaNoWriMo, especially if you’re
really excited about your next novel. However, writing your novel before November
is against the rules—that is, if you want to win the National Novel Writing
Luckily, there’s plenty that you can write before NaNoWriMo begins. You can’t write your novel just yet, but you can write about your novel. Focus on finessing the plot, characters and setting of your story now so that you write with confidence during National Novel Writing Month.
If you’re like me, you hesitate to take chances with your writing. What if it screws everything up? What if it goes nowhere? What if it’s a waste of time?
The most triumphant of tales follow a specific story arc that
we as writers must replicate in order to be successful in writing our own books.
Yet the most memorable of stories are those that take chances, ones that do
something so different enough that it stands out as genius among a sea of shelves
stocked with hardcover novels.
Not all punctuation marks have a long list of nicknames. Stroke,
virgule, diagonal, right-leaning stroke, oblique dash, solidus, slant,
separatrix, forward slash—all can be used for the slash.
And there’s the backslash. No nickname required. Unless you prefer to say backslant, slosh or reverse slash.
Laundry list of names aside, you’re here because you need answers. What’s the difference between the slash and the backslash? How do you use the slash correctly in a sentence? And is there a way to use the backslash correctly in a sentence?
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.
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.
My career’s in marketing. And if you too work in marketing, you know that most (if not all) received requests are delivered as a do-this command.
What’s frustrating to a creative person about this approach is that it ignores the creative process of problem solving. In fact, it skips all the steps of solving a problem by jumping to an assumed end.
Here’s a secret: if you want to solve a problem like a creative person, never assume anything.