The Slow March to Success

I committed to a writing career on my 40th birthday–May 27, 1999. I figured that, given the average lifespan of 80 or so years, I was about halfway done with my life, and if I was going to be a professional writer I had better be about it. Do the math. That was 19 years…

Pacing–Ugh!

The point of NaNoWriMo is that you sit down and write without any editing for an entire month in order to generate 50,000 words. For my genre, contemporary romance (sub genre sweet romance–everybody keeps their clothes on), this is almost an entire book. I use this method a lot when I am writing just to…

Stalled Out and Stupified

I am stalled out on NaNoWriMo, as my “daily word count necessary to finish” goes up and up and up.  I am not stalled because of writer’s block, or because I’ve lost interest, or because I’ve given up.  No, I am stalled for the same reason I always hit a brick wall about this time every…

NaNoWriMo 2014

This is my third shot at NaNoWriMo. First year I started Nick, wrote 10,000 words, then got busy with life.  I did finish Nick, however, and so I consider that first, concentrated push the true reason that book got written.  Last year’s only got to 4000 words and remains primarily in my mind, but it waits there…

Rejection

I thought I had become so used to rejection that it would roll right off like rain on a duck’s back.  Turns out, not so much. Had an agent pitch at a recent conference and I pitched Nick.  The agent was very kind and asked for my first three chapters.  Her rejection was also kind.  She didn’t…