Becoming a Habitual Writer

Becoming a Habitual Writer

Although the NaNoWriMo challenge is a good start, it doesn’t fully develop a good writing habit. That is, if a writing habit can be considered a “good” habit… I’ll leave it open for interpretation. Research has shown that it takes at least 2 months to develop a habit. So while the event tries to push you to write every day, it only does so for half of the time needed. Let me suggest 3 things to motivate you to becoming a habitual writer.

Tabletop RPG Adventure Writing Dice and Paper

Tabletop RPG Writing – Part 2 – by Joe DeMarco

I stumbled into doing freelance writing from meeting some of the Harsh Realities guys at a gaming convention. I had an interest in doing freelance work and getting published. After a few emails, I was able to start generating content, and now I am one of the lead writers for Elfwood. The following guest post … Continue reading Tabletop RPG Writing – Part 2 – by Joe DeMarco

#NaNoWriMo 2016 Preparations

October (aka #NaNoPrepMo) has arrived! Stores are selling their pumpkin spice and clearance Christmas items, while we writers have #NaNoWriMo on the horizon. Which means we should  dust off the keyboards and practice our finger yoga for the upcoming challenge. That’s right: 50,000 words, 1 month, gallons of coffee. If you have not signed up already, go to nanowrimo.org … Continue reading #NaNoWriMo 2016 Preparations

15 Tips for #NaNoWriMo 2015 (or How I Broke 75k)

  So you’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo and want to breach the 50k mark? Do you have what it takes? I did not my first year. I figured 50k words would be so easy that I could do it by writing an epic poem in 50k words during the month of November; when Thanksgiving and … Continue reading 15 Tips for #NaNoWriMo 2015 (or How I Broke 75k)

Distractions Bugging You? Get Your Organic Spray Here*

Strange noises erupt from the black device convulsing on my desk. I try to ignore my inner voice, but it nags at me. What if it is someone important? I grasp the sleek technology and press a button. In an instant, I am whisked away to a world of knowledge, entertainment, and social media. I … Continue reading Distractions Bugging You? Get Your Organic Spray Here*

“Save the Cat” Beat Sheet

This past month flew by with writing competitions, renaissance festivals, new job opportunities, and packing. If not for an invaluable tool I use on my writing belt, I would have failed to meet the deadline for a writing competition (see: 5 ways to kill that Deadline). The number of outlines available may come close to the … Continue reading “Save the Cat” Beat Sheet

5 Ways to Kill that Deadline

“The bad news is, time flies. The good new is, you're the pilot.” ~Michael Althsuler While attending a writing convention to improve my craft, another author gave some amazing advice. They said we each have the same 24 hours in a day. There is no magical spell that allows writers to have extra time to … Continue reading 5 Ways to Kill that Deadline