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NaNoWriMo Success Tip # 3: Some Days You Need a Pep Talk

In the boggy barren tundra of NaNo’s Week 2, you will need a pep talk. You will need encouragement. You will need people to help lift you out of the despair of your giant plot holes. Trust me on this one. Here are three ways to get your NaNo mojo back. Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Success Tip # 2: Focus On Your One-Inch Picture Frame

One of the most stellar bits of writing advice I’ve ever read was dispensed by Anne Lamott, the author of writing classic, Bird by Bird. Not only does Lamott give you “permission to write crap,” she also gives great brainstorming advice … Continue reading

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Day 1 of NaNoWriMo: Are You Writing With Abandon?

Last weekend I attended the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference in Los Angeles. It was stupendous (and about 20 other sublime adjectives), chock-full of great people and inspiration. There was a NaNoWriMo pep rally with Grant Faulker…and a bunch of aspiring … Continue reading

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What Is UP at More Cowbell?

The short answer to the title question is: not as much lately. Y’all have been a bit neglected of late. I’ve had two hilarious Undie Chronicles on deck for three weeks now, with not so much time to write them because … Continue reading

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How Many Years Does It Take to “Break Out?”

In 2002 Donald Maass published Writing the Breakout Novel, a book now famous throughout the writing land. I sat in the fifth row, through his all-day workshop in Orange County in 2004, thinking: “This guy scares the bejeezus out of me. I’ll never … Continue reading

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Little Darlings Anonymous — 12 Steps to Recovery

A Techie Tuesday gift to all my writing friends. . . Hello. My name is Piper Bayard, and I’m a Little Darling Addict. Hi, Piper. Welcome. Thank you. I’d like to say I’m happy to be here today, but that … Continue reading

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Humongous Dreams and the Wilds of Colorado

If y’all see me hanging out chatting ANYWHERE online for the next five days, I give you leave to shake your finger at me. I will be “immersing” with Margie Lawson, which is like getting the Keanu Reeves “Matrix upload” … Continue reading

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Do You Define Your Writing Process? Maybe You Should.

Whether you’re a writer, blogger or a businessperson, it’s important to define the writing process that works for you so you can be faster and more effective at it. Are you someone who likes to gather tons of research and … Continue reading

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Some Days You Just Want To Hang Out in Your PJs

Earlier this week, I posted about those days when you just want to swear.  I also have days when I just want to hang out in my pajamas…or when I just want to write..or learn. This Friday and Saturday, you can … Continue reading

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5 Blogs That Knocked My Socks Off

In my quest to craft a viable freelance writing niche, I signed up for Media Bistro a few weeks back and, since the stomach flu decimated my house right after that, I didn’t check the results. Wowzers! I signed up to receive … Continue reading

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