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…

Cheering for NaNoWriMo

Welcome to National Novel Writing Month. For me, it has made all the difference. Without NaNoWriMo, there would be DIVIDED LOYALTIES, no Maureen, no Joe, no Eliza, no man with the gun. I wouldn’t have spent a month deeply engaged in the places the Battle of Antietam touched.I would never have even known about a…

WRITING: ‘Contract offer’

Now I know what it feels like to get a book contract. Heady. A thrill up there with winning the lottery or taking an exciting new job. Scary as any step into the unknown. And it came as I spent a day in bed, sick as a dog. About 3 p.m. I felt well enough…