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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 🙃.

    The Hanged Man

    The Hanged (Wo)Man is the card of

    Travel Delays

    Business Delays

    Project Dissatisfaction 

    As a querying writer going on two weeks’ worth of vacation in November while simultaneously participating in Nanowrimo, I find this card downright offensive at first glance.

    It attempts to hit the pause button on everything I’m doing (travelling, querying, and writing), and it’s happening during the Mercury Retrograde. In Scorpio season. Before Thanksgiving.

    Heaven, help me.

    But, that’s on first glance. The thing to remember about The Hanged Man is that the person on the card seems unbothered. They’ve acknowledged and accepted the slowdown, and they’re going with the flow. It’s been a busy year, and I’ve felt pretty non-stop since July. Perhaps The Hanged Man is trying to force me to slow down and relax (typical Virgo, having to be forced to slow down 🙄).

    So, it’s time to take things slower.

    But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve pre-prepared for this nano-on-the-road season by creating an outline and doing backstory research beforehand. And, there are still additional things I can do to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible even as I wind down for the month:

    • Double check my hotel and flight details.
    • Print off my outline in case my electronics fail.
    • In that same vein, I should probably pack a notebook and pen.
    • Turn any flight delays into writing time.
    • Build in a word count buffer by writing as much as I can before takeoff.

    Wish me luck, and a happy November/nano season to all!

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    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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    Nanowrimo Orlando

    Hello! It’s only October, but Nanowrimo season will be here before you know it (in four weeks, actually. Yikes/yay!) In preparation for Nanowrimo, I had the pleasure of giving a workshop on developing your main character. I promised the folks in attendance that I’d post the PowerPoint, so here’s me making good on that promise.

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    Novel Writing Workshop: 4 Ways to Get Story Ideas

    Getting ahead of myself.

    Howdy! In my last post, I promised to discuss the process of writing a query letter and synopsis. Well, I realize I may have been getting a bit ahead of myself.

    Before we can even think of writing a query or synopsis, we have to write a novel, and I’ve yet to cover that on this site. Because it’s a long process, I’ve decided to break it into mini novel writing workshops.