Category: Writing

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Hindsight Rather Than Foresight

Final word count:  50,203 Words this week:  3,181 Average words per day:  1,591 Slow and steady once again “wins” the race. I broke my three-year-long “losing” streak (although any year during which my word count is greater than 0 cannot truly be considered a “loss”). During the first two weeks, it looked...

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Week Four

Current word count:  47,022 Words this week:  15,752 Average words per day:  2,247 This week’s word count ended exactly where I needed it to in order to ensure a reasonable chance at “winning” this year. The Virtual Write-In helped a lot and accomplished its goal for me: putting my word count “above...

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Week Three

Current word count:  31,290 Words this week:  11,605 Average words per day:  1,658 This week’s word count is not quite where I would want it to be (I usually set a goal of 1,800 words/day, just to make sure to have a buffer for less productive days), but I will definitely take...

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Week Two

Current word count:  19,685 Words this week:  12,529 Average words per day:  1,790 This is way better progress than I had at this point last year. Again, I am pleased and surprised by this word count, as I am rapidly approached what I expected to be my word count for the entire...

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Week One

Current word count:  7,156 Words this week:  7,156 Average words per day:  1,022 This is far better progress than I had at this point last year. In fact, I am rather pleased and surprised by this word count, considering all of the other demands on my time this week. The story is...

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Keeping in Character

Yes, it’s already NaNoWriMo time again … Until early yesterday, I barely had a clue what this year’s novel might be. Then I remembered a story that has been occasionally, albeit persistently, all year. After the absence of a few years, I am returning to the space opera universe...

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Four — The Paths to Publishing

The publishing market continues to evolve with new technology, new business models, and an ever-changing ecosystem of publishers, booksellers, and distributors. Professional writers looking to profit from their work have more choices than ever. How do you choose between pursuing an indie career or a traditional one? What are...

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Three — Which Road to Publication?

The road to publication has splintered into many twisty paths. Options have never been greater for aspiring authors, but navigating the choices has never been murkier. Where do you start? Indie, traditional publishers or small presses? What about Amazon and Kindle Unlimited? A panel of authors from indie to...

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Three — Lady Dings the Prudes

Celibacy and Asexuality in Spider Robinson’s Callahan and Stardancer Books Sexual diversity is one of the strengths of Spider Robinson’s works. His characters engage in a variety of types of romantic relationships and sexual encounters, particularly at Lady Sally’s Place. At one point, Lady Sally indicates that celibacy is...

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Two — Imposter Syndrome: You DO Deserve To Be Here

Imposter syndrome can often feel like being a side character in a horror movie: you know the monster is gonna get you, but you don’t know when. Many authors–from just starting out to long-time pros–experience imposter syndrome, especially people who are marginalized. We wonder if we “really” belong; we...