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Long term writing updates

I was looking through some old blogposts, on a different site so don’t go looking for them here, that were writing related updates.  I thought it could be amusing/interesting to revisit these old updates and see what became of these stories.  And then I decided to do the same to one from here from last […]

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Why I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo this year

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 15, 2015 in NaNoWriMo, Writing process |

I’ve done it three times and won twice.  I enjoyed it, for the most part, but I honestly feel like I’ve outgrown it.  For me, getting x number of words per month is no longer a challenge, it’s a goal.  And that x isn’t 50,000.  I can do 50,000 a month.  Winning NaNoWriMo twice proves […]

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Why I failed Nanowrimo, and how I’ll be doing things going forward

Posted by Shannon Haddock on November 30, 2014 in Jake's Last Mission, NaNoWriMo, Writing process |

I failed at Nanowrimo this year, but I’m okay with this. There are reasons I could have failed that I wouldn’t be okay with, things that would boil down to just laziness, but that wasn’t the case this time.  True, there may have been a day or two in there where I played around on […]

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NaNoWriMo progress and WIP update, November edition

Posted by Shannon Haddock on November 8, 2014 in NaNoWriMo, No More Lies, Writing process |

NaNoWriMo for me this year is more about developing a regular writing routine that about reaching 50k words.  That said, I’ve not been doing remarkably well at achieving either goal due to starting the month with a nasty cold that turned into a minor sinus infection.  Fuck you, germs. I’ve gotten 9885 words, a third […]

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Characters, how to make them, and how not to

Posted by Shannon Haddock on October 26, 2014 in Jake's Last Mission, NaNoWriMo, Rants, Writing process |

This is one of those posts that’s probably not going to be very interesting to non-authors.  Sorry about that. What’s your character’s favorite color?  His favorite song?  His favorite piece of clothing?  Describe his first kiss. Describe his first sexual experience.  Who is his hero? These questions look familiar to any other authors reading this?  […]

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I may never be a best-seller, and I don’t care

Posted by Shannon Haddock on October 21, 2014 in NaNoWriMo, Writing process |

My next payment from Amazon will be only 71 cents.  That’s all it is most months. Now, there have been times when I’ve cried over this, times when I wondered what I could be doing to make my fiction more visible, because clearly people’d be buying it if they knew it existed.  But, tonight that’s […]

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NaNoWriMo and me

Posted by Shannon Haddock on October 15, 2014 in NaNoWriMo, Uncategorized, Writing process |

That time of year is nearly upon us again when writers all over the world abandon family, friends, pets, and good sense and attempt to commit to paper (or screen more commonly, I assume) 50,000 words in thirty days.  This will be my third NaNoWriMo. I can’t recall when I first heard of NaNoWriMo.  I […]

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Not every story needs to be a novel

Posted by Shannon Haddock on October 7, 2014 in NaNoWriMo, No More Lies, Rants, Writing process |

Today’s post starts a series that’s aimed at NaNoWriMoers, but should contain advice useful to all authors.  Non-authory content will still be posted roughly once a week though, including a new feature starting later this week! Today I’m going to talk about story length.  Now, this is a kind of odd thing for me to […]

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