In November, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). Begun in 1999, NaNoWriMo affectionately called NaNo by those in the know, now happens every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That breaks down to 1,667 words per day. If you achieve this goal, you win. It’s that simple.… Continue reading WHAT I LEARNED FROM WINNING NANO

Success in 2019!

Happy Almost New Year’s Eve Everyone! Children's author Julie Hedlund (http://www.juliehedlund.com/12days) challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year's resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity - what DIDN'T get done or… Continue reading Success in 2019!

TO RETREAT OR NOT TO RETREAT In November, I attended my first writing retreat. Weekend on the Water Retreat on Bainbridge Island was offered through the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The retreat was held at Islandwood, an immense, wooded park equipped with cabins, an education building, a dining hall, and several cabins.… Continue reading