NaNoWriMo officially starts in less than three weeks! I’ll be participating again, this time hopefully finishing up the third and fourth books of The Steam and Steel Chronicles. I feel like I’ve finally got some plot issues tied up in my head, so I can move forward with it. The thing is, when I wrote the first two books last year (for NaNoWriMo), I didn’t really have an overall story arc in mind. I just sort of threw everything in there and waited to see what stuck.

So now I’ve got all these potential plot threads that need to be tied up in the third and fourth books (I’m thinking those will finish the story, though I’m also planning a short story or two that will take place between books one and two). I’m not one to just let things go unanswered, and I want to make sure that things people liked in the first two books are featured again in the third and fourth books, without being shoehorned in. I’ve got them all figured out now, though, so I’m eager to get writing again!

But I wanted to put together a guide for surviving (and even winning) NaNoWriMo. I’m hoping it will be useful whether you’re a NaNo veteran or a first-timer. Read More My Guide to Surviving NaNoWriMo


I was talking to a friend on Facebook the other day and he mentioned something about how I knew all these great resources online for writers. I have a tendency to forget that not every writer out there knows a lot about the resources the internet has to offer them. I work online on a daily basis, constantly looking up new resources for one project or another, and come across new tools all the time.

So I’m going to attempt to put together all the best resources I’ve found useful into a single reference guide for fiction writers. I’ve scoured my Google Bookmarks to come up with this list. If you have other tools you’ve found useful that aren’t included here, please share them in the comments! Read More Online Resources for Fiction Writers


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…

Read More NaNoWriMo Day #29: I WON!


I’m about 2/3 of the way through my NaNoWriMo novel. And I’ve hit the two-thirds slump. This happens to me with virtually every novel I write. I get to this point, and then I get bored with it. I should clarify, that this always happens somewhere between the half-way and two-thirds point, not always at exactly two-thirds. But I always feel like it’s about 2/3 of the way through the story.

Part of this is that it’s about half-way through the middle. I’ve got all the fun beginning stuff done. I’ve been slogging through the middle for awhile now, and I just want to get to the end. But I’m not at the end yet. I’m still working my way up to the climax. I’m always struggling to keep this part interesting, to keep raising the stakes. And I’m always afraid that I’m failing miserably. Read More The Two-Thirds Slump


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.…

Read More NaNoWriMo Day 18!

Craft Fiction

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…

Read More NaNoWriMo Day 10! And an Excerpt!

Fiction Story Excerpts

First of all, let me apologize to anyone who got a warning about malware on this site over the past day or so. My site was hacked a few months ago, and while I thought the problem was entirely fixed, there was still one file that, while dormant, hadn’t been fixed. Somehow Google picked up on that file and flagged the site. It’s all fixed now and hopefully it won’t happen again. Thanks to my husband, Mike Moffit, for taking the time to fix it today so I could focus on work and NaNoWriMo!

So here we are on day 3 of NaNoWriMo. I’m currently sitting at around 2200 words. The first day, I wrote nothing. November 1st was the day from hell around here, so it wasn’t surprising that NaNo got sidetracked. Yesterday I finally settled on an idea and started writing, managing about 300 words. Today I finally hit my daily word count goal, plus an extra 100+ words to help catch up on the two days I missed (I have to write about 115 extra words per day to make up for the two days when I basically wrote nothing). Read More NaNoWriMo Day 3



This happens to me every year. I get close to the start of NaNoWriMo and start to doubt my idea. Despite the fact I’ve done loads of planning and have my idea all sketched out, I start to wonder if it’s the right idea for NaNo. What if I lose momentum on it? What if it bores me? What if it sucks?

Okay, that last one doesn’t usually bother me. There are two reasons for this: I’ve been writing for a long time and while not everything I write is good, I’ve gotten better about not writing stuff that sucks. The other reason is that it’s NaNoWriMo; it’s completely okay if it sucks. Read More NaNoWriMo Countdown: Crisis of Confidence