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December goal setting: How the %&$# do you actually accomplish anything?!

This article is part 2 in a 2-part series. Click here to read part one on how to create goals for the new year. On Monday, I left you with a bit of a cliffhanger. Imagine you've made a list of goals for 2018. Now, how in the holy Hellmann's mayonnaise do you actually accomplish those goals?! An excellent question. But fret no more: I have answers! Here's the deal: Goals need to be SMART, Continue Reading...

NaNoWriMo begins today: Join my #NaNoWriMo Support Group!

Today's the day! It's the first day of NaNoWriMo 2017, and you know what that means: 1,667 WORDS OR BUST! This year I've come up with some solid plans that will (hopefully) keep my novel on track throughout the month of November, despite visiting friends, Thanksgiving holidays, and prepping another issue of my literary magazine for release in December. Here are my three main tricks for Continue Reading...

Plot: Setting Up the Sequel, #Preptober Day 31

Happy Halloween! Today's the last day of Preptober, so in case you missed my previous posts, be sure to take a look at the Preptober page to catch up. Let's talk about setting up your sequel. Even if you weren't planning on setting up a sequel, you may find this info useful. After all, cliffhangers are great for sprinkling throughout your manuscript to keep readers turning pages. As Continue Reading...

Plot: Resolution, #Preptober Day 30

Yesterday we talked about how to reach your novel's climax, so today we're talking about resolution. Preptober is almost over – we have just ONE DAY LEFT! – and so this is the perfect time to talk about how to end your novel. It might sound simple, but it's a little bit more complicated than just writing "THE END" after the last sentence you wrote. So, how can you crush your novel's Continue Reading...

Plot: Climax, #Preptober Day 29

Preptober is almost over! That means NaNoWriMo is almost here! Where did all the time go?! With just three days left in the month of October, it's time to talk about the climax of your story. First, just what is a climax, and why do you need one? The obvious answer is that this is the Big Moment that your whole story has been leading up to, whether it's a big reveal (Clark Kent is really Continue Reading...