Disguise the Enemy and Reverse a Decision

In the novel I set aside before embarking on this NaNoWriMo adventure, my main character has a mentor who is actually his lost father’s enemy. I was thinking my NaNo novel didn’t have a disguised enemy, but as Nonny and her best friend Vince drift in...

Hide or Find the Truth, or Give Up!

For those of you just peeking in here for the first time, I’ve spent many more years teaching than I have writing (at least professionally). Because of my years of teaching writing to writers of all ages, I have a lot of tricks for keeping the writing moving,...

A NaNoNuj Poem

Found this waiting for me on Facebook today from Debbie Austin… I couldn’t help but notice No NaNoNuj this week. How ever will I NaNo, My characters’ lives tweak, Without your wise suggestions And witty repartee, That dose of inspiration, That...

See it Coming

Deception. It’s so fun to sneak it into a story, isn’t it? See it Coming can be one of those treats that triggers a surpriseā€“or not. Give your readers a taste of what’s going to happen, then pull the rug out from under them. Or give us a hint that...

A NaNoWriMo Trio

Day 13, and I’m only a full day behind in the word count. My goal is to be back on track by the 15th. 25000 words. This morning I wake up thinking not just of my story, but also of a class I want to teach this winter. A novel group for intergenerational writers...

Begin Again

It’s Day 11 of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, and my word count is below where I’m supposed to be. I started out flying ahead of the daily goal because I knew I had a few days where I wouldn’t be able to write much. Today’s another...