Writing update #10 | finishing my WIP draft + NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag

Well, I have exciting news, everyone. I finished the first draft of the WIP I've been writing since last spring! I now have 84k words of a messy, inconsistent, cringeworthy first draft that needs piles and piles of work before it's even remotely ready to show to another human being...but it's the first step, and … Continue reading Writing update #10 | finishing my WIP draft + NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag

Writing update #9 | I failed Camp NaNoWriMo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Well, the title says it all. In July, I took part in Camp NaNoWriMo, which I talked about more in depth at the beginning of the month. My goal was to write for 35 hours/2100 minutes over the course of the month. I clocked in at 20 hours/1200 minutes. Which means I failed Camp NaNoWriMo. … Continue reading Writing update #9 | I failed Camp NaNoWriMo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Writing update #8 | July Camp NaNoWriMo + starting over…again

Wow, it's been almost three months since my last writing update. Oops. How do I do this again? Despite the fact that I haven't been talking about it, I have actually written a fair amount since April. May was fairly slow, but June went pretty well, and my WIP is sitting at just over 50k … Continue reading Writing update #8 | July Camp NaNoWriMo + starting over…again

Writing update #7 | your WIP in GIFs tag + Camp NaNoWriMo

Welcome back to another writing update! Today I'll be doing the "Your WIP in GIFs" tag, which I was not tagged for by anyone but I stumbled across it and thought it would be fun! And I'll be giving an update on my Camp NaNoWriMo progress! If you want to find out a little more … Continue reading Writing update #7 | your WIP in GIFs tag + Camp NaNoWriMo

Writing update #6 | new WIP + writing goals update

Welcome back to "Margaret rambles about writing and nobody knows what she's talking about"! Last time I gave a writing update, I was finishing off my NaNoWriMo WIP, which I managed to do in January.  After that, I spent February alternating between taking a break and researching for my new WIP, which is what I'm … Continue reading Writing update #6 | new WIP + writing goals update

Writing a book, part 5 | quarterly writing goals & nearing the end of my WIP

Hey, it's been a while! (My other "Writing a book" posts.) I haven't talked about writing on this blog since NaNoWriMo, but I'm back again to talk about more writing stuff! So I basically took most of December off from writing, because between finals and the holidays, I just didn't have time. But I dove … Continue reading Writing a book, part 5 | quarterly writing goals & nearing the end of my WIP

Writing a book, part 4 | I conquered NaNoWriMo!

Have you heard the news?? I wrote over 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November! That's right, I won NaNoWriMo! Not only that, but I hit 50k three days early (which has never happened before) and wrote over 5k more before the end of the month. Plus, I managed to hit my … Continue reading Writing a book, part 4 | I conquered NaNoWriMo!

Writing a book, part 3 | how to finish NaNoWriMo when every word feels like garbage

Are you looking out at the last five days of NaNoWriMo and wondering how you're going to make it to the end? Are you sitting down to write each day and doubting that this garbage is ever going to look like a finished novel? Whether you're on track with your word count or scrambling to … Continue reading Writing a book, part 3 | how to finish NaNoWriMo when every word feels like garbage

Reacting to bad writing advice (aka, fight me Jonathan Franzen)

Have you ever read writing advice so worthy of eye-rolling that you want to give up all hope for the future of writing?This week, an article of writing advice from novelist Jonathan Franzen made the rounds across book Twitter, earning mockery and parodies aplenty. And since my first instinct when an old white man tells … Continue reading Reacting to bad writing advice (aka, fight me Jonathan Franzen)

Writing a book, part 2 | NaNoWriMo motivation and tracking

[writing a book, part 1 is here] Day 12 of NaNoWriMo, and all is (mostly) well. My first week of NaNo felt so easy - I was writing 2-3k words each day and felt excited about everything I was writing. Now, I'm 20k words into this draft and I still feel like I haven't gotten … Continue reading Writing a book, part 2 | NaNoWriMo motivation and tracking