Tagged: November 2014 – NaNoWriMo

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I Wrote a Book. Now What?

I wrote a book this month. Actually, I typed out 50,000 words about the dysfunctional life of an advice columnist, and it’s bad. The plot doesn’t make much sense. The main characters are uninteresting. Sometimes they’re likable, sometimes not, and half of the time I can’t even remember what names I had given them. The writing is messy and with it comes cheesy dialogue, boring descriptives,...

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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

In the winter of 1966, two 19 year old boys set off on a road trip across the southern United States. Lost, uninterested in school, and hoping to “find their place in the world and in the sun”, they took a leave of absence from their respective universities, bought a red and white Chevy for $100, and started driving. They made their way...

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The Daily Routines of Aspiring Novelists

One warm summer evening, some years ago, I sat sipping cocktails with friends when we got to talking about our next billion dollar idea. The conversation was thoughtful and passionate. The ideas were flying. Apps. Games. Mobile. Social. Disruptive technologies that redefine life as we know it. We were onto something. And then, out of the blue, this: “Hey do you think...

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How To Write A Novel: A Rookie Guide

Welcome to National November Write a Novel Month (more commonly known as NaNoWriMo). It’s an annual writing project where participants are challenged to complete a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Thousands of people do it every year – and I am it’s newest participant. Oh, where to start. How about with the fact that I don’t know how to write...