What makes P.D. Workman's books so good

What makes P.D. Workman’s books so good

I have a few criteria for reading a book. Everyone has their own reasoning for picking a book out, whether it is the storyline or the characters. Let's work with those two points ...
Nanowrimo starts tomorrow!

Nanowrimo starts tomorrow!

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I participate in Nanowrimo each year. National Novel Writing Month begins tomorrow, and I am all set to go. Here's my project profile:
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One way to avoid burnout and improve your writing productivity

One way to avoid burnout and improve your writing productivity

My “When Do you Find Time to Write” article has been a very popular post among writers.
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What do you do when you're not writing?

What do you do when you’re not writing?

If you've been following me for a while, you've probably noticed that I am not always working on the first draft of a new book. Generally, I spend a few weeks writing a new book and then take a few weeks off before writing the next one. What happens after the first draft? What am I doing in the intervening weeks when it looks like there is no activity?
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Countdown to Camp Nanowrimo!

Countdown to Camp Nanowrimo!

Just five more hours until Camp Nanowrimo kicks off here! I have my outline, my beats, my character sketches, my working title and cover. I'm raring to go! ...
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The eternal question — plot or not?

It seems like every writer's forum eventually ends up with an animated discussion of whether it is better to plot your novels or write by the seat of your pants. (Are you a plotter or a pantser?)
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Writing for Camp Nanowrimo

Writing for Camp Nanowrimo

As usual, I have joined up with Camp Nanowrimo, a July event run by the Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) guys. That's my cover concept mock-up to the left. I have done both April and July camps the last couple of years, as well as the big event, Nanowrimo in November. The usual goal is to write a 50,000 word novel draft in a month. I usually go for around 100,000, since that's the length of most of my novels. Nano provides some great support and excitement around novel-writing, and I love a reason to set aside one month to make writing a higher priority and to get a new work drafted.
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Preparing for Camp NaNo

Preparing for Camp NaNo

Well, it is that time of year again! Yes, I know, I just finished running my own personal little NaNo in February (along with a few friends who joined me), but the real Camp NaNo runs in April, and I am getting ramped up for my next book. I have set up a private cabin for Camp NaNo this year so that I can invite friends to my cabin. Who wants to join me?
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Sticky Note Christmas Tree - UX Team

Writer’s 12 Days of Christmas

[reblogged from last year]
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The Other “P.D.” #pdjames

Nov 25, 2014 Sadly, the news broke this morning that P.D. James has passed away. So I thought I would re-blog my previous post on her, with a couple of additions.
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Packing for Camp NaNo

Packing for Camp NaNo

Oh the crazy weeks before Camp NaNo! Trying to clear the decks before the writing starts:
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CampNano Draft #1 complete at 94,733 words

CampNano Draft #1 complete at 94,733 words

The headline and the graphic say it all! I just finished draft one of my new novel, tentatively titled "Once Bitten, Not Shy". It came in at 94,733 words, but that could change a bit during the revision process. The ending had me choking up, but I don't want to say too much and give anything away. No spoilers here!
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Camp NaNo begins! and a Teaser from the Book Thief

Camp NaNo begins! and a Teaser from the Book Thief

(Scroll down for Teaser Tuesday)
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Trailer for "Looking Over Your Shoulder"

Trailer for “Looking Over Your Shoulder”

Book trailers are the bit thing in marketing novels these days, so I finally decided to take a run at creating one for "Looking Over Your Shoulder". I don't think it's too bad for an amateur!
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NaNoWriMo Milestone

NaNoWriMo Milestone

As you can see from my counter over at the right, I have reached 50,000 words.  So I have officially "won" NaNo this year.  But, my goal is 100,000 words or the end of the book, so I am actually only halfway there.  "By-Pass" is coming along nicely, but there is still some good stuff to work through ...
10 Steps to NaNoWriMo; Tips, Tricks, and Resources

10 Steps to NaNoWriMo; Tips, Tricks, and Resources

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is only a week away.  For the uninitiated, this is a worldwide event in which thousands of people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.  Some of us have bigger goals (for example, I aim for 100,000 words during the month – eliminating writing on Sunday, that’s roughly 4,000 words per day), but to “win”, you must write 50,000.  It is supposed to be new work, not a revision or a continuation of a work in progress, and it is supposed to be a novel.  But of course, there are rebels who choose other goals instead ...
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