NaNoWriMo begins in a week and a half, which means your time for any pre-NaNo prepping is drawing short. Although NaNo rules require that you not write a single word of your novel before November 1 (and I'm no cheater!) there are several things you can do right now to help you hit the ground running.
So, I told myself I would do NaNoWriMo if I finished my Rapunzel novel by November 1st.
That's not going to happen. (I don't think).
I'm still going to do NaNoWriMo.
I got off track on Rapunzel because of unforeseen work disruptions which led to me ending work with a long-standing freelance client so I could keep up with the increased workload from another. And as I've written about often, I suck at writing during times of personal…Continue
I'm not real big into writing conferences. I tend to skip over pages about conferences in writing magazines, and my mind sort of shuts off when I read advice about how to pitch at conferences, or how they are a good way to "get your foot in the door." I think, but can't my writing speak for itself? And, I can't afford the travel + the time off work, and the only way to get better at…Continue
One of the best jobs I've ever had was as a teen services librarian for a rural library. It was incredibly fulfilling, as working with youth is often rewarding, not to mention FUN, and I got paid to know lots of stuff about Young Adult Literature. On top of that, it was a part-time position, which meant I could balance it with my freelance work and still keep my primary clients happy.
Leaving that job was one of the hardest parts of moving away after I got married; I worked in a…Continue