Are YOU NaNo-ing? (Some Awesome NaNoWriMo Writing Information)

Are you doing NaNoWriMo, this year?  

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Experiencing A Novel Writing Intensive.

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Me, Robert Dugoni, Pam Johnson (Steven’s assistant & editor) and Steven James

I recently got back from a novel writing intensive with acclaimed authors Steven James and Robert Dugoni. It was amazing. The intensive was held on Whidbey Island in Washington, which was a beautiful place for a writer’s imagination to go wild. Or as Anne of Green Gables would say, “So much scope for the imagination.” I love quoting her. 

© Devin Berglund

© Devin Berglund

I learned so much!

The intensive was definitely intense… but, why would they name it an intensive if it wasn’t going to be intense? [Read more...]

#WritingHarvest Twitter Chat Session Three STARTING At 5 PM (CST)

#WritingHarvest Twitter Chat Session 1 (4)The 3rd #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat
Starts at 5 PM CST!

It will be about writing & finishing your novel.

(All events start at Central Standard Time.)

Our first & second session went amazing-ly well! Come join us for the 3rd and final one.

3. Editing Your Book 5-6 PM (Central)
In this last session of the day, we will cover editing processes and how to make your book shine.

Host: @devinberglund (Have any questions you’d like covered for the #WritingHarvest Tweet Chat? If so, tweet me @devinberglund)

Can’t wait to see you there! :)

Join us on November 22nd at 1 PM (CST) for our next Twitter Chat at the #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat hashtag! :) 

#WritingHarvest Twitter Chat Session Two STARTING At 1 PM (CST)

#WritingHarvest Twitter Chat Session 1 (2)The 2nd #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat
Starts at 1 PM CST!

It will be about writing & finishing your novel.

(All events start at Central Standard Time.)

Our first session went amazing-ly well! Come join us for the 2nd one.

2. Writing & Finishing the book 1-2 PM (Central)
In this session we will cover messy middles, writer’s block, and finishing your novel.

3. Editing Your Book 5-6 PM (Central)
In this last session of the day, we will cover editing processes and how to make your book shine.

Host: @devinberglund (Have any questions you’d like covered for the #WritingHarvest Tweet Chat? If so, tweet me @devinberglund)

Can’t wait to see you there! :)

#WritingHarvest Twitter Chat Session One To START In A Hour

#WritingHarvest Twitter Chat Session 1 (1)Guess what????

The #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat is

IN AN HOUR!!!!

Are you as excited as I am?

In the first session we will chat about starting your novel and everything that goes into beginning a novel.

(All events start at Central Standard Time.)

1. Start Your Novel Planning, brainstorming  10-11 AM (Central)
We will cover the process of planning, brainstorming, and starting your novel.

2. Writing & Finishing the book 1-2 PM (Central)
In this session we will cover messy middles, writer’s block, and finishing your novel.

3. Editing Your Book 5-6 PM (Central)
In this last session of the day, we will cover editing processes and how to make your book shine.

Host: @devinberglund (Have any questions you’d like covered for the #WritingHarvest Tweet Chat? If so, tweet me @devinberglund)

Can’t wait to see you there! :)

A Twitter Chat? What is That?

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Have you ever heard of a Twitter Chat?

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How To Get Inspired To Write From A Camera

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Be sure to join in on the #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat on October 25th. There will be 3 sessions on Novel Writing (planning, finishing, and editing). Get more information here.

Also, love journaling? Check out my post on journaling, over at the Rural Housewives Blog, today.

I had a sharp imagination when I was a child—I believe I still do today. But when I was young, my imagination seemed so much more real.

I remember my siblings and I would stay out in the woods for hours on end, as the evening slowly set in. I’m still greatly inspired by nature, and am always looking for new ways to capture the feeling I get when I’m innature, so I can use it in my writing.

As adults, we live busy lives. But if we are constantly busy, we will miss out on all the story ideas around us. And if we don’t write them down, we do forget them.

Some of us also find ourselves stuck for story ideas because, instead of looking to the world we live in for inspiration, we see the rushed, unromantic lives we’re living.

But it all depends on the point of view. Look at your life through the lens of a camera, and then suddenly things will start to look different.

Have you ever gone on a trip and been amazed by the beauty of your surroundings? Do you wish you still had the sharp imagination you had when you were little? Do you wish there was a way you could keep track of the story ideas you get when you’re on trips, or visiting new places?

Here are a few tips to help you dig deep into that child-like imagination to capture story, character, and setting ideas through photography. [Read more...]

What Not To Do When Editing Your Novel

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Be sure to join in on the #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat on October 25th. There will be 3 sessions on Novel Writing (planning, finishing, and editing). Get more information here.

Editing a novel can be a lot of work.

Many people don’t know how much work really goes into the books on the shelves at bookstores.

People don’t see the thousands of hours spent in a dark room editing, cutting words, rewriting them, doing all that before a deadline, and then doing it all over again.

I thought I’d share with you all some of the things I learned from editing my book The Mason of Hearts this last time. These are the things a writer shouldn’t do while editing their novel. I am going to be fully truthful with you here.

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Are You Currently Writing A Novel?

Have you ever struggled to plan your novel?

Do you ever feel like you won’t be able to finish it?

Struggle with writer’s block?

How about getting stuck in the messy middles?

What if there was a writing workshop, where you could connect with other writers and get answers to your trouble spots and also meet life long writing friends?

Perfect, right? And what if I said it was on Twitter? Awesome, right? You don’t even have to leave the house.

Do you have Twitter? If so, awesome. If not, no worries… you can find out how to sign up here.

You Are Invited: #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat

On October 25th, we will be covering three sessions on writing that novel.

1. Start Your Novel Planning, brainstorming  10-11 AM
We will cover the process of planning, brainstorming, and starting your novel.
2. Writing & Finishing the book 1-2 PM
In this session we will cover messy middles, writer’s block, and finishing your novel.
3. Editing Your Book 5-6 PM
In this last session of the day, we will cover editing processes and how to make your book shine.

Host: @devinberglund (Have any questions you’d like covered for the #WritingHarvest Tweet Chat? If so, tweet me@devinberglund with the #WritingHarvest hashtag and your questions and I will see your questions.

Hope To See You There on October 25th!!!

And if you can’t make it to one, there are two others. You will also be able to follow the chat if you search #WritingHarvest

I am so excited about this. It will be a lot of fun.

Take a break from working on the novel and chill for an hour throughout the day to get helpful information!

How To Prepare For A Novel Writing Intensive

 

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Next week I will be headed to Washington for a Novel Writing Intensive. I am totally excited about this, so I thought I would tell you all what I am planning on packing.

Have you ever gone to a writing retreat or intensive? Have you ever wondered what you should pack? Or do, to prepare for it? If so, read on.

1. Do Your Writing Homework

• Read the speaker’s blogs, books, and more.

• Take notes.

• Implement what you’ve learned into your own writing.

2. The Essentials

• Make sure you book your accommodations and transportation ahead of time.

• Also, print the booking papers ahead of time. (such as: tickets, accommodation bookings, play bookings, ect.) [Read more...]