A NaNoWriMo win

November 30 is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s the last day of National Novel Writing Month and for the past four years, I’ve completed a first draft, 50,000 words. I’ve “lost” a couple of years, too. But I was naive then, unaware of the massive amount of focus it takes to…

Halfway through NaNoWriMo

Halfway through NaNoWriMo and I’m slipping behind. Bad. With half a month to go it seemed like a good time to get a new strategy in place. So today I’ve marked my computer with my new daily goal. 2,200 words. Every day for the rest of the month. I’m cooking for Thanksgiving so I’ll be…

Reading the RITA winners, Part 1

What makes a book worthy of the Romance Writers of America’s annual RITA award? I wanted to know from a reader’s perspective. So armed with the cover of the September RWA magazine, Romance Writers Report, I started looking for them, the best of all the novels submitted to the annual contest. There are 13, everything…