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Reflections from a NaNoWriMo veteran

So I’ve done NaNoWriMo since 2008, and I’ve won every year. Hilariously, my cumulative word-count from 10 years is 503,605, meaning I’ve won by an average of 360 words each year – if that isn’t precision, I don’t know what is. I thought newer NaNoers might find it interesting to hear my reflections

On sustaining tension in writing

If you have spent any time talking to me about writing, original fiction on the internet or slash, then I have probably mentioned Captive Prince. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that the author C. S. Pacat had done a lengthy guest post… on tension. As a

On secondary characters

Ah, the secondary character. Interesting creatures. As writers, we either love them more than we should, or throw them in to push the story forward. As readers, we either… love them more than we should, or find them annoying detours on the path to characters we care about more. This

NaNoWriMo: a Retrospective Part V

So, last time on NaNoWriMo: a Retrospective, I split my time between a silly romance, and a gritty hist fant. 2013 – Philomena Or, an Unexpected Story

A Primer on Politics for Writers: the Board (Pt 2)

Last time: we talked about the game, and about the systems and social structures that underlie your country’s politics. This time! We’ll look at diplomacy and trade, war, and the murky world at the borders of your country.

NaNoWriMo: a retrospective, part IV

Previously on “NaNoWriMo: A Retrospective”: I discover that being literary is not really my forté. 2012 – Tantantara! Tzing! Boom! Or, when I jumped the shark.

NaNoWriMo: a retrospective, part III

Previously on “NaNoWriMo: A Retrospective”: I spend two very satisfying years writing excessively serious low fantasy and killing all my characters. 2011 – Steadfast Or, how I wrote myself into a corner by trying to be “literary”.

NaNoWriMo: a retrospective, part II

Previously on “NaNoWriMo: A Retrospective”: attempting to cut corners doesn’t really pay off. 2009 and 2010 – Halfblood Pts I and II Or, writing your darlings.

NaNoWriMo: a retrospective, part I

NaNoWriMo. 30 days of novelling madness. NaNoWriMo and I have been going out for five years – this is me! I’d been writing for a while – dabbling in original fiction, followed by a reasonably prolific fanfiction career. I was drifting out of fandom and wanting to go back to

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