Taking a quick break from my Rules of Writing series to comment on an article on The Guardian’s website that appeared this morning (and that I found through the Absolute Write forums). The article, Are Stieg Larsson and Dan Brown a match for literary fiction?, written by Edward Docx, kinda pissed me off to put it bluntly. The basic premise of the article is that genre fiction, no matter how “good” it is, will still never be as good as “good” literary fiction. I can hear the hair on the backs of the necks of genre writers everywhere standing up on end from all the way over here in Vermont.  Read More Genre vs. Literary Fiction: A Rebuttal

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So, here it is on day #29 of NaNoWriMo and I just hit 50k words. It’s not all on the novel I originally started, though. I finished that at about…

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Here we are at day 18 of National Novel Writing Month and I’m proud to say that I’m still on track to reach 50k words by the end of November.…

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Let me just say that I’m really, really psyched about NaNoWriMo this year. It’s ten days in (1/3 of the way), and so far everything is going brilliantly. Despite a…

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I sort of jumped the gun on that T-10 days post, posting it a few hours early (when it was technically still T-11 days). Now we’re back on schedule.

Let’s talk about characters. As a one-time NaNo winner and one-time NaNo loser, I think what sets winning manuscripts apart is the strength of the characters. At least it does for me.

Good characters will carry the story. They’ll come to life and tell you what should happen next. Sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re crazy, but in either case, they keep the story moving. Momentum is absolutely vital when it comes to NaNo. Without it, you will fail. If you do somehow manage to keep going and “win”, you’ll find that what you’ve written is so flat that it isn’t worth revising.

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I can’t believe it’s already almost November. (Where did summer go? And is Christmas really just over two months away? AH!) And of course, November means National Novel Writing Month,…

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So, the 3-Day Novel Contest was a complete failure for me. Mainly because I just didn’t bother putting much effort into it. Holiday weekends are just not the best time…

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