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Out with the old: Reflections on 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, and thoughts of New Year's Resolutions begin to fill my head, I thought I'd take a look back on some of my accomplishments from the past year. Here are some fun stats from 2016... Personal Bests by Word Count in 2016 (By Month) [author_list style="star"] January 19 - 1,236 words, with 14,665 words total for the month February 13 - 1,414; 17,546/month Continue Reading...

How is it December already?! (365K Club, week 48)

It’s that time of the week (or should I say month, at this point – how is it already December?!) again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… November 19, Day 324: 1,722 words November 20, Day 325: 900 words November 21, Day 326: 970 words November 22, Day 327: 420 words November 23, Day 328: 420 words November 24, Day 329: 785 words November Continue Reading...

Halfway through #NaNoWriMo: 365K Club, week 46

I haven't done a 365K Club update in a while, and it’s that time of the week again, so let's do this for the month of November thus far! Numbers, please… November 1, Day 306: 1,777 words November 2, Day 307: 765 words November 3, Day 308: 2,435 words November 4, Day 309: 888 words TOTAL, WEEK 44: 8,390 words November 5, Day 310: 1,176 words November 6, Day 311: 810 Continue Reading...

Top 10 Takeaways: Jonathan LaPoma on Screenwriting

Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The guest speaker was Jonathan LaPoma, author of Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story, and winner of 101 screenwriting awards. He spoke about his screenwriting process, as well as giving the audience tips for punching up the drama in a script, and creating great dialogue. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from Continue Reading...

#NaNoPrep: 1 Week Left!

There's just ONE WEEK LEFT to plan this year's NaNoWriMo novel! Are you ready? If the answer is "HELL NO!" and you're freaking out at this point, here are three simple things you can do to prep for November 1. 3 – Make a list I recently bought a copy of the official NaNoWriMo writer's workbook, Ready, Set, Novel!, which recommends writing a "love list." This is, quite simply, a list of all Continue Reading...