Writers, Start Your NaNoWriMo Engines

Coaching Tips and Guides

Starting November 1st writers across the globe will be hunkering down at their laptops, desktops, paper, what-have-you, and crafting a brand-new story for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). We get thirty days to write 50,000 words. A writing frenzy that will require loads of caffeine, inspiration, and perseverance.

Ever tried NaNoWriMo but abandoned your story either midway or at the end of the challenge? Then NaNoWriMo Prep is for you! I teach pre-NaNo strategies to help writers prepare for their 50,000-word creation so that they stay on track all thirty days.

I’m offering a NaNoWriMo challenge to any of my members in my Facebook hive #TeamWriter, and you can join too if this sounds like something you want to try.

Read THIS POST to find out how you can get in on the fun!

Have a writerly day!

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How to Discover your Protagonist’s Story Goal

Approaches to Storycraft

Your protagonist needs to have a story goal. This is above and beyond an urge or desire or hope.  A story goal is concrete, and it requires steps that will lead the character into the story’s conflict. Learn five steps you can take to figure out your protagonist’s story goal.

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How to Juggle “All the Things” and Keep on Writing

Publishing and Marketing

Today on the blog I’m hosting Patty H. Scott, author of Slow Down, Mama — Intentional Living in a Hurried World.

Have you found yourself regularly saying there isn’t enough time in the day? Is your life flying by while you are missing out on what matters most? In Slow Down, Mama, Patty H. Scott provides empowering insights to help you live with deep meaning and direction. You will learn what is at the root of your busyness, how to move past your personal pitfalls and identify your truest purposes, and how to develop and solidify life-giving habits.

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Who is the Best Character to tell the Story?

Approaches to Storycraft

Point of view (POV) is a course in itself. Seriously. There are so many facets to think about with point of view – and many of them must be decided before you even begin to write your book.

Telling your story from the WRONG POV is very easy to do.

Imagine writing an entire manuscript in the wrong POV? All your scenes, all your
narrative, everything that happens won’t work. Your story will lack tension and conflict. The POV character’s goals or motivations will be weak or uninteresting. Your story’s pace will be sluggish and unfocused. The setting, description, and inner story will all be affected because the wrong character is giving us the
information–likely information that your reader doesn’t need or care about.

How do we get started on figuring out the best POV for our stories?

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Two Tricks to Unblock Writer’s Block

Approaches to Storycraft

Hey there, Writers!

Popping in with a mini-post on WRITER’S BLOCK for y’all! This is one of my lessons from my FREE writing course How to Fill Your Creative Well. I’m sharing with you because it’s valuable advice for any writer at any part of the journey that they can use anytime!

Read on —-


Writer’s block happens when your creative well is not full enough of ideas, creative energy, or inspiration.

The worst response a writer can have is to worry about this obstacle. Don’t fret over what to write next, or how to write what you want to write, or start thinking you’re a terrible writer.

Instead, try one of these two tricks:

1. Spend your day learning something new. 

2. Spend your day enjoying an old favorite pastime.

If you choose # 1, learning something new, you are filling your creative well with adventure and discovery, you’re solving a mystery, answering a question, crafting a new character or setting or conflict.

If you opt for # 2, enjoying an old favorite pastime, then you are filling your creative well with comfort + familiarity. You are connecting to your conscience, your heart, and your soul. You are taking time away from the pressures of performing and reminding yourself of those things in your life that genuinely move and enchant you. Going back to your roots, where the love of writing first took seed.


For more ideas on how to bust through writer’s block or other tips to help you on your writing journey, check out my FREE writing course –> How to Fill Your Creative Well.

Have a writerly day!