Nancy: On the Care and Feeding of Writers

Nancy's official NaNoWriMo (and life) avatar.

Nancy’s official NaNoWriMo (and life) avatar.

This past week, some of us prepped for NaNoWriMo 2015. Others started looking toward the impending end of the year and taking stock of manuscripts not yet completed and writing blocks not yet overcome. And far too many of us started beating ourselves up about our writing shortcomings. So today I thought I’d spend some time reminding you, dear readers who are also (sometimes fragile) writers, that you are awesome and amazing, and gosh-darn it, people like you (and your writing)! I’ve gathered some cliches, put a writerly spin on them, and shared them in the hopes you’ll take comfort in them and return to your writing with renewed joy, or at least remember to cut yourself a little slack.

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making story plans. And when life happens, it interrupts those story plans. Sometimes it’s fair, valid, and necessary for creative types to step away from their creative endeavors to take take of sick parents, young children, or friends or partners in need. But other times… Continue reading

Nancy: NaNoWriMo: A Multi-Purpose Writing Tool

NaNoIt’s that time of year again. In the northern hemisphere, the air has turned crisp. Leaves are changing colors. Children are choosing Halloween costumes. And writers across the globe are stocking up on coffee, hoarding chocolate, and doing finger stretches in anticipation of National Novel Writing Month.

Here at 8LW, Michille has shared her plans for her own run at NaNoWriMo gold (finishing 50k words of original fiction in the month of November), Elizabeth has been getting us into shape with writing sprints, and several of the ladies are contemplating whether they’ll join the party.

Until this past week, I was undecided about my own NaNoWriMo plans. Continue reading