• Blog,  The Writing Process

    Nanowrimo Book Recommendations

    Howdy all, and welcome Nanowrimo writers!

    GIPHY  – Actual footage of me walking into this conversation like I haven’t been gone for months.

    It’s been a minute since I last posted, but I wanted to share some Nanowrimo book recommendations to get you started on your nano journey. If you’re like me, this pandemic has hit you hard in terms of energy levels (I work in the travel industry so. . .yeah.)

    But Nanowrimo gives us the chance to dive into the exciting world of storytelling. It’s a much needed break from these stressful times. So, with that in mind, here are a few craft books to ease you into the 30-day challenge.

    The recs:

    The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl B. Klein

    • Why I like it: It’s a very nuanced look at writing a book. It really helps you unpack the “why” of your novel and the impact you hope it has on your readers. I know the title says children and YA, but I really believe every writer can find a takeaway from this book.
    • Favorite sections: Promise and Premise, Structure and Sensibility, Obstacles and Negotiations, Clarity and Connection

    Save the Cat! Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody

    • Why I Like It: This book takes you through the novel-writing process from start to finish. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll know precisely where you story fits into the larger canon. Even if you skip the beat sheet (don’t!), check out the genre sections. The author breaks down each genre with concrete examples for a truly eye-opening experience.
    • Favorite sections: The Save the Cat Beat Sheet, Pitch it to Me, Not Your Mother’s Genres

    Additional Nanowrimo book recommendations:

    Well, that’s it for my Nanowrimo book recommendations. Let’s be thankful that this year’s Nanowrimo falls outside of Mercury Retrograde, shall we?

    Until next time!


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    December Snapshot: Vacation, Writing, & More

    Season’s greetings from Orlando! It’s a brisk 55 degrees outside which can only mean one thing; it’s winter here. But that’s okay, because it will only last a week (until it starts back up in January). As I mentioned in my last post, November was a busy month! I went on a 2-week vacation to Paris and Barcelona, participated in Nanowrimo, and hosted Thanksgiving (my tiny apartment kitchen is the true hero here).

    Can I just say that the food in France more than lived up to its expectation? And the tapas in Barcelona were nothing to sneeze at, either.

    If either of these locations are on your travel list, I highly recommend Strada Cafe (Paris) and NAP Antic (Barcelona). Seriously, if someone had told me I’d have the best pizza of my life in Barcelona, I’d have laughed. And been wrong.

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    November Snapshot: Nano on the Road

    Greetings, y’all! It’s November 3rd and Nanowrimo season, and this year I’m taking nano on the road (I’ll let you know where, later ;)). Even though I’ve been working on my November tarot card image since the middle of October, I hadn’t really given the meaning of the card much thought (I’ve been busy!) Now that the Halloween candy’s been eaten, the costume’s been packed away, and the decorations have been removed, I’ve had the morning to focus on November’s card:

    The Hanged (Wo) Man.

    Crap 🙃.

  • Blog,  Nanowrimo

    How to Prep for Nanowrimo During Mercury Retrograde

    Happy Halloween, y’all! And what a special Halloween it is. Why? Because this October 31st brings with it the third Mercury Retrograde of the year. That’s right, Mercury begins its apparent moonwalk just as All Hallows’ Eve kicks off and Nanowrimo season begins. But fear not! With a little prep work, we’ll be well on our way to writing a novel in month.

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    October Snapshot: Order, Outlines and Other News

    Happy fall! We’re only 9 days into the month of October, but a lot of book-related things have already happened. I presented in a Nanowrimo prep event for the local library and had the pleasure of attending the wonderful Lana Ghannam’s book launch. In short, it’s been a great start to the fall season (I say fall, but I live in Florida. It’s been a mild 81 degrees today 🌅.)

    Anywho, there’s one other writing event to celebrate this month: I finished my novel outline!

    The “final” stats are: