Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

I am infamous for my NaNoWriMo shenanigans: every year, ever since I began this blog, I've spent the month of November rushing to write 50,000 words alongside thousands of other writers, sharing my experiences (and snippets!) on my blog. Not to mention all my posts helping writers prep for NaNoWriMo, or posts after the fact. Here, actually, I'll compile a whole list:

Your Why is a Truth

f you've been around at all this year on my blog, then you probably noticed the extremely long series of posts I did on following your heart as a writer. ๐Ÿ˜† In it, I talked about your Why: a message in your stories that inspires you to continue working on them. It's why you push through the hard times of writing it. That series was really about accessing your unique abilities as a writer, and so for that context, referring to this message as a Why made sense. However, in my own writing, I don't actually call it that. I decided while writing that series that I would need to write a post afterwards on the Why - and what I actually think of it as - because simply by changing the word, you create a whole new mentality when you're working on the story.

Should You Include Dialogue Snippets in Your Outline? {Case Study}

I think that all pantsers have this fear inside of them that making a plot will box them in when they try to write their story, limiting their creativity. That fear keeps them from trying to outlining. They want to be creative, and in their eyes, having a plot stops that. If you don't know, I actually used to be a pretty hardcore pantser. I don't think it shows very much anymore, but that used to be the only way I wrote. Some of those leftover fears from my time as a panster still lurk in the back of my mind, though. (Also, WordPress keep trying to autocorrect me whenever I write 'pantser' into 'panther'. ๐Ÿ˜‘) However, as a person who now refuses to walk into any book without at least some semblance of a plot, those fears have taken on a different form in me: the idea that, while I'm plotting, maybe I'm plotting too much. I need creative freedom to go meandering down whatever paths happen to pop up along my way, and if my plans have to be followed exactly, then I can't do that. So how far am I really willing to go with my outlines?

How to Harness Your Unique Abilities as a Writer {Every Writer is Different}

In each post of this series, I've talked about different ways you can access your unique abilities as a writer - either in a conceptual way, or in an actionable way. Today, in this final post of the series, I'm bringing everything together to show you how you can use all the posts I've done to help you unlock your unique abilities as a writer. I posted in an order that allowed me to build each post upon the last and teach you better through that; but now, I'll be showing you how they can all tie into you and your process. Also... today's post is going to be formatted a little differently from all previous posts. I'm going to tell it in a little more of a story format - but don't worry, it'll make sense pretty quickly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

12 Tips on How to Brainstorm While Following Your Heart {Every Writer is Different}

I've presented a mix of why you should do things and how you can do the aforementioned things throughout this series: it's like a smoothie of concepts and actionable tips. ๐Ÿ˜† But today's post is going to be some of both. We're looking at a point in the process where you are working most closely with your heart: figuring out what will happen during a story. Aka brainstorming. We'll look at some specific applications based on what I've taught you throughout this series, as well as some very actionable and concrete tips. Let's get right into it. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

The Publishing Mindset: What it is, and How it’s Ruining Your Life {Every Writer is Different}

What is one thing almost all writers want? Or at least dream of, to some extent? If you just guessed being published, then you would be correct! Many writers dream of being published someday, whether just to see their book on a bookstore shelf or to share their Why with the world - and the people who need it. But did you know that there is actually a dark side to the idea of publishing?