Travel Writing Strategies: Part One – The Farmer’s Market

You know how much I love travel writing, and lately I’ve been working on two essays from my time in Portugal last January. One is polished and ready to go. Yay! Because I’m on a roll, and taking a mental break from all the debauchery in my novel, I thought I’d spend some time talking about travel writing strategies, and how we don’t have to travel to the end of the world in order to write a great travel essay. Between May and October, my little town hosts a Farmer’s Market every Wednesday, and guess who’s going today. Moi. These pics are from last year. Shhh!

The Mums and The Rooster are headed to my casa for lunch and a little time on a local trail. Afterward, we’ll storm the market. I know, I know, they get a lot of crap as the trendy thing to do, and have been earmarked as Yuppie fun. Forget all that nonsense.

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My 5 Tips To Win NaNoWriMo In The Final Week

Alright fellow NaNoers, which one are you – the tortoise or the hare? We’re staring down the finish line and there’s still plenty of time for you to win NaNoWriMo. The push is on! Remember last week when I gave you my top five tips on how to survive week two? And how I gave them to you after week two was already dead and gone? Yeah, that was super helpful of me, wasn’t it? BUT you’ll have them for next year, right? And check this out, they’re still useful tips no matter where you are in the NaNoverse. Here’s the skinny from last week. I implemented some of those same tips and guess what happened?

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NaNoWriMo: Top 5 Tips To Get Through Week Two

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For the record: This NaNoWriMo thing is a roller coaster. After a little cross-eyed slump from week two, I found my mojo and rustled up some fresh ideas on how to ramp up the tension as I head into the middle of the The Book. I had to get real with myself about how my characters would behave. Not how I would love to see them portrayed on screen, but in real life. Or in fiction life, rather. I had to get out of my thinking rut in order to push forward with all this breakneck drafting.

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