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    Beyond Nano

    To Nanowrimo and beyond! I am thankful for Nanowrimo. Nano teaches us to persevere, to commune with other writers, to push past “block,” to sit down and write, to finish. It is a yearly reminder to pursue our creative goals. I believe that the most important trait we learn from National Novel Writing Month is consistency.  Consistency is what takes writing far beyond a hobby. It is possible to put your work out into the world, to have it published, and even to get paid for it. The good news is that there is more than one avenue for your […]

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    It’s All Coming Together

    Like a tapestry, each word you weave creates a picture, a work of art. By itself “the” means nothing. “And” is pretty worthless unless there’s a word before and after it. Every thread is brought together to tell the story only you can tell. At this point in the month, your novel is starting to come together. You’ve fallen in love with your characters, or become thoroughly creeped out by them depending on what kind of story you’re telling. Either way, they’re real to you, and their journeys matter.  THEIR JOURNEYS MATTER. Your characters are begging to know what happens […]

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    Hump Day Herald

    The official newspaper of SacNaNo. Published every Wednesday. For Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Pep Talk Time For those of you on track to make your 50K: CONGRATULATIONS!And for those of you a bit behind: YOU CAN DO IT!And for those of you who are pretty sure you won’t catch up, here’s what my co-ML Paul posted on the MLs’ group on Facebook today: Joanna Penn, one of the most successful indie authors of the last decade, has never won NaNoWriMo. She’s never even made it past 22,000 words. But every novel she’s “lost” NaNo with has been published and made […]

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    Head Over Heels: Writing Young Adult Fiction

    By Jamie Thornton I write young adult (YA) fiction in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. While the intended audience is teenagers, some of my biggest fans are grownups from their thirties to their eighties. You see this phenomenon with hugely popular book series too, like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. How can you, as a writer, meet the reader expectations for both young readers and older fans? YA fiction requires that your protagonist has to be a teenager, but it’s more complex than that. The reader expectation is that your protagonist must experience many “firsts” throughout the course of […]

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    The Muddy Middle

    We are the Nanos you’re looking for. We may be tired and a little broken down, but we still work. We still write. Or do we? If you’re anything like me, you’re in the middle of the NANO19 marathon sweating like a pig. You’re reaching for an empty water bottle, or bottle of creativity, if you’ll join me on this metaphor. I’m looking forward, as I always do while stuck smack dab in the center of a big project, and wondering how I’ll ever make it to the end. That is what Nanowrimo is all about: finishing.  But I want […]

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    20BooksTo50K Conference, Day 3

    I don’t have a lot of time before my next session starts, but Wednesday’s sessions were fantastic. The day started with an early morning session on how fiction authors can create other streams of income. One author discussed how they created swag (like T-shirts and military-style patches) from their sci-fi series. Another discussed how they used Kickstarter to fund production of their audiobook. Another discussed how the subject of a nonfiction book can be turned into paid trainings online. I then met with some industry representatives from Draft2Digital, Kobo, and BargainBooksy to discuss how I can gain visibility for my […]

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    Hump Day Herald, November 14

    The official newspaper of SacNaNo. Published every Wednesday. For Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Published a day late because of course. Write-in Wroundup No numbers to report this week. Q: Why? A: We are now holding write-ins faster than I can count. Wars are occurring on Discord on a moment’s notice. It’s a wordspate of Biblical proportions. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! Coming events: Fri 11/15, 6:30 to 9:30 PM: Rancho Cordova Write-In, Starbucks at 1971 Zinfandel Dr, Rancho Cordova. Sat 11/16, 2:00-4:00 PM: LEARNING SESSION AND WRITE-IN. Southgate Library, 6132 66th Ave, Sacramento. For this write-in, fantasy […]

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    20BooksTo50K Conference, day 2

    Tuesday was the first real day of the conference, and it was packed. One of the best things about this conference is that you can go to a crowded breakfast place and say “is this seat taken?” then sit and talk with a bunch of other introverts about writing process. For both breakfast and lunch, I sat with people who make a living from selling their books. The woman I talked to at lunch was homeless when she started writing her paranormal romances four years ago. She just paid off her house and she’s going shopping for a Tesla next […]

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    Short Fiction: Resources for Getting Published

    Getting your short fiction published is as difficult as it is exhilarating. You’ll get rejections but you’ll also get acceptances and eventually even money for your stories! The trick is to research the markets very carefully, follow all the guidelines of each different publisher when submitting to them, and write the best story you can. There is a lot more I can (and have) said on this but the intent of this post is to provide you with resources to access markets as well as some websites with great advice. I also recommend getting involved in online writing groups through […]

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