I had a long but very scenic (translation: fall-foliage-filled) drive to Fredericksburg, Va., for the Virginia Romance Writers annual critique day. I received some great feedback on a couple projects from my fellow writers and got a sneak peek into their current WIPs. 🙂 This week I also started an outline for one of my novellas (Oak-Bound), thanks in part to advice on “crushing creative ADD” over at Mythic Scribes (see this week’s mash-up) and wrote another scene in my newest WIP.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of my fellow Virginia romance writers, I’m seriously considering plunging into this year’s round of NaNoWriMo. I haven’t written as much as I’ve wanted to this year, and I’d really like to dash off a draft of a novella before year’s end. Since this is the first year in a while that I haven’t been teaching in the fall semester, I’d like to try finishing one of my two novella projects. I also discovered this fantastic post by James Scott Bell about the novella structure. Previously, I’ve had trouble finding much beyond word counts and vague notions about what a novella should be, but Bell’s post really lays out the specifics. Anyone else out there a novella writer? What’s your favorite aspect of writing novella-length works? The most challenging?

Is anyone else planning on participating in NaNoWriMo?

Finally, This Week’s Mash-Up of Awesomeness:

Author Elizabeth Marx, in a guest post at Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf, reveals her writing space and offers a dose of inspiration.
Autumn is the witching season, so be sure to check out the “Witches and Witchcraft” Reading Challenge and “There Are Witches in the Air” October giveaway and post series over at Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf.
From traditionally published to indie author, Orna Ross discusses the author’s role in her work’s creative direction at The Creative Penn blog.
Get your muse to focus using these 10 Easy Steps to Crush Creative ADD, over at Mythic Scribes.
Brynna Curry’s interview with author Rosanna Leo covers everything from writer’s block to hometowns.
Check out Belinda Pollard’s  tutorial on how to create videos for your author blog.
I got teary-eyed reading this post on Female Heroines and Real Compassion by Regan Black.

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