Nanowrimo – National November Writing Month

It's that time of year again - National November Writing Month a/k/a Nanowrimo.  Every year, crazy people all over the world sign up on a website and vow to write 50,000 words in the 30 day period from November 1st to November 30th.  People either do it on their own or meet up in groups at write-ins held in cafes, libraries, private homes, etc.   The object of the event is for authors to...

A Woman in Search of a Genre

 I recently attended the San Francisco Writers Conference and one of the things I learned was that, in order to effectively pitch a novel to an agent or an editor, a writer must be able to specifically identify the genre of the book as well as the demographics of the audience who will want to purchase it. It is not enough to say: "I'm writing fiction and the book will appeal to everyone." ...