How to Write Your NaNo Novel Like a Banned Book

How to Write Your NaNo Novel Like a


OMG, there’s 41 Days until NaNoWriMo 2017! Plus it’s banned books week. In honor of both here are two fundamental tips on how to write your NaNo novel like a banned book. Because let’s face it, a banned book is fun to read. And as Tobias Wolff once said:


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Happy Banned Books Week


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If you’re a book lover you might’ve already known about this wonderful, wonderful holiday. Which should be made into a federal one so we can get the week off to read as many banned books as want.  Hey, one can dream.

But for one whole week, it is a week of celebration of books. Books that have made a difference in the lives of the reading community. Of books which opened up different worlds and viewpoints. Of books which taught us tolerance, equality, to love and empathize. Of books that gave us readers the greatest adventure of our lives with every turn of the page.

Still, as it’s been every year, books are banned and or challenged for removal from our libraries. And every year the American Library Association receive and track reports of them. Thus using this annual event to showcase on how such censorship can do more harm than good.

Take a look at which books were banned/challenged the most in 2015. And the reasons why:

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IWSG Day & Writing in the Right Genre

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It’s the third day of the month and you know what that means. It’s IWSG day again! And on this illustrious day us writers share our woes and triumphs. As well as encourage our fellow writers on our writing endeavors. As always, thank you Alex Cavanaugh for creating this writing community haven!

To find out more about the group and/or maybe even sign-up, click on the badge above.  And don’t forget to check out the co-hosts for September:  C. Lee McKenzie,Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG.

So, what’s going on with me in this month? Well, something’s been on my mind since August and the Wattys. And it’s about genre, specifically what is the right genre to write in. Continue reading

Happy Banned Books Week!


Happy Banned Books Week!

So yeah, the books I ordered from Amazon came this past Tuesday. And you can’t believe how excited I was to see the tiny brown box with “Amazon Prime” tape all around it, on my porch.

Beautiful sight isn’t it?

amazon box at the door

Of course it was so beautiful that I just had to take a few more pictures: Continue reading