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NaNoWriMo – How to Wrap Up Your Novel: Advice From Anansi Authors November 28 2014

Our authors know the insane pressure felt by everyone scrambling to finish NaNoWriMo this weekend, they’ve all been there themselves with their own works! Here is some advice from the trenches on deadlines, winding down, and the end of your novel:   SHANE BOOK How do you deal with the pressure to complete your writing … Read More

NaNoWriMo – A Ridiculously Inspiring Week 4 Playlist November 24 2014

It’s week four WriMos! You have broken 40,000 words and it is all smooth sailing from here. Remember the effortlessness of week one when you had all the energy of a youthful young prodigy in the prime of his or her creativity explosion? Well get ready to feel that way again because there are only … Read More

NaNoWriMo – The Traveling Shovel of Death and Other Cheap Tricks for Accumulating Words November 21 2014

We’ve been swept up by holiday madness here at the Anansi office (check out our rad festive sales on the homepage) but we haven’t forgotten you WriMos! As promised earlier in the week, here are some NaNo hacks for when you want to add words rapidly to your WIP. Some are fairly tame for when … Read More

#NaNoProblems November 14 2014

You’ve got #NaNoProblems this November, and we’ve got solutions: Problem: Your MC seems dull and lifeless, and you are much more interested in the subplot of a minor character. Solution: Demote your main character and shift the focus to the plot you are finding interesting. A lot of the fun of NaNoWriMo is discovering the … Read More

NaNoWriMo – Making Your Way Through the Muddy Middle November 12 2014

Week two is all about grappling with the muddy middle. You have writer’s block, you are losing enthusiasm, and you are contemplating drastic literary actions like assassinating your cast of main characters and replacing them with nearsighted dinosaurs that work in a cabaret club. You are not alone! All writers grapple with the same challenges … Read More

NaNoWriMo – Hosting a Write-in November 11 2014

Every year during NaNoWriMo I inevitably hit the week two speed bump. The novelty is beginning to wear off, I still have no plot, and contrary to what Chris Baty assured me of when we started this crazy adventure, it’s beginning to become a problem: my main characters are flat and uninteresting, and most of … Read More

Time Management for WriMo’s November 05 2014

Just like how some of us are naturally morning people and can bounce right into the day’s action and some of us don’t really come fully awake until the sun has gone down and find ourselves exceedingly productive while the rest of the world is asleep, so too are writers. I am a nocturnal writer, … Read More

NaNoWriMo – Welcome to Week 1 November 03 2014

If you haven’t even touched your novel yet, don’t panic! Welcome to week one. As an eight-year veteran of this insane writing challenge I can tell you there always comes a moment when I want to give up immediately, and it almost always happens in the first week. The problem lies in the fear of … Read More

NaNoWriMo – Plotting vs. Pantsing October 31 2014

Plotting vs. Pantsing You will hear these two terms thrown around NaNoWriMo possibly more than any actual writing takes place. The great plotting vs. pantsing debate has been raging since there have been stories. If you want to participate in November’s festivities but don’t know how to even go about trying to write a novel … Read More

NaNoWriMo – How to Survive the Month October 30 2014

The Agreement Yeah, we’re going to need you to sign this form. While this seems like a trivial exercise, remember that you are signing a contract with yourself to allow your creativity to flow unhindered for the month of November. You are allowed to produce bad writing, flat characters, uninspired dialogue and any number of … Read More

November is National Novel Writing Month – Take the Challenge! October 29 2014

November is a month of many events: Guy Fawkes Day, Remembrance Day, a month of moustaches grown aplenty. But no other event is more exciting for those of us up to our elbows in books and pens than National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This November, House of Anansi is taking the plunge and challenging ourselves … Read More