Posts Tagged ‘National Novel Writing Month’

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Up close and personal

Writing – and especially being read is sometimes more intimate than sex.
There. I’ve said it. You can frown at it, wonder about it, even think: “What the hell are you writing, Zane?” or for maybe even: “How bad is your sex-life?!”, but for most writers this is true. I think. I haven’t actually asked most of them, but I’ve heard different writers say this over the last few years, and to me it has always been true, ever since I started writing fiction at 9 years old.   [More...]

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Reckless Abandon

There is  nothing as dangerous as a little knowledge. The saying goes something like that. It is late and my brain is marinating in Glenfiddich 18 y/o, so I don’t know who actually said it and what the quote was.

It does apply to the NaNoWriMo though. For me at least. Last year I managed to write as one should at the NaNoWriMo. With reckless abandon. Like crazy. Verbal diarrhea. I pumped out words by the scores. pouring them into my keyboard until the keys glowed red-hot and smoke wafted from the mechanisms.   [More...]

NaNoWriMo 2013 – But where to find the time…

Someone asked me this question:

Dear Zane. I’m participating in the NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. It’s so hard to find the time to write, especially when you have little children and a job. How do you do it?

It is a question that pops up every NaNoWriMo. Every writer has a period in his life when he asks himself this question: where do I find the time. Especially when you have a day job, whether that is your child(ren) or a job, or both.

The answer is simple. It can be hard. Especially for new NaNoWriMo’s. Last year I managed to rush through those 50.000 words by spending all my off-work time on writing. I hardly cooked, I neglected my child and spouse. I finished early, but it just wasn’t worth it. Last year I had a story I desperately wanted to tell. It was an accumulation of about 14 years not-writing. A dam broke at the start of November and I had to ride the flood wave in order to stay on top of it.   [More...]

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