31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 1

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 1 Day 1: Why do you want to write 50k words in 30 days? Writing habits. First things first: what’s driving you to want to participate in NaNoWriMo? Do you want to get started on that novel you keep thinking about? Do you want to develop a daily writing practice? Improve your craft? Beat your friends to the finish line? What’s the ultimate goal for the draft you’re going to produce? Is it something you want to eventually polish and send out to the Big Five? Self-publish? If you define for yourself exactly what you want out of this shindig, you can be...

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo If you’ve been here before, you’ve likely seen my 30 Days of Gamemastering Challenge. Another topic/event near and dear to my heart, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, deserved to get some novel writing prompts of its own. NaNo is a wild ride in which you try to write daily and complete a fifty-thousand word “novel” during the month of November. Some of you who have done NaNo before also know that October is considered by some to be “National Novel Prep Month,” or NaNoPrepMo. The idea behind NaNoPrepMo is that...

Interview on Luna Station Quarterly

Interview on Luna Station Quarterly Jessica Powell (@jehzavere on Twitter) has interviewed me for her latest column on Luna Station Quarterly! She asks me about my experience as a woman gamemaster, what advice I have for women looking to get a job in the gaming industry, how to become a gamemaster yourself if you come from more of a writing background, and much more! Here’s a quick excerpt from the interview: 3. What advice do you have for women who want to get a job in the gaming industry? What education and skills will they need? Jobs in gaming industry encompass a tremendous number of possible...

February RPG Blog Carnival: How and Where I Write and/or Game Prep

February RPG Blog Carnival: How and Where I Write and/or Game Prep Leicester’s Ramble is hosting February’s RPG Blog Carnival, and this month’s topic is “How and Where You Write and/or Game Prep.” Given my current projects–two RPG campaigns and one unfinished novel–I figured I had plenty to write about for this one. Where I Write/Prep Game My boyfriend and I thought it was worth the extra $100 plus a month to get a two bedroom apartment. The second bedroom serves as our office with both our desks, computers, printers, bookshelves, etc., as well as the game closet and a futon for reading or...

10 Lessons Learned from NaNoWriMo 2013

10 Lessons Learned from NaNoWriMo 2013 Fiddleback requested some advice for people attempting NaNoWriMo, and I’m happy to oblige him. Without further ado, here’s what worked for me to finish 43k words in 21 days last year (and I would’ve won, too, if it hadn’t been for a week-long visit to NY to visit family for Thanksgiving). Luckily, we’ve got five weekends this year to kick some ass, so let’s do this! Lesson #1: Coffee in the AM, Beer in the PM I like to have something to sip on when I’m writing. In the morning, caffeine helps me feel energized and creative to...

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