This year, I decided to truly dedicate myself to writing. It’s something I want to change from a hobby to a full-time career. This is where the year of writing comes into play. Not only does this mean I am spending a significant amount of time writing, but I am also doing what I can to improve my writing. This includes reading many writing craft books and articles. Because this is a year-long project, I decided to share quarterly updates on my progress. So without further ado, here is my year of writing: update 1 covering January to March. Year of writing: update 1 JanuaryRead More →

The second week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. Writing is a passion that I am working hard to turn into an actual career. That is why I have made this my year of writing. I’m putting more effort than normal into my writing. Part of that is participating in writing challenges, such as Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo. Writing on a deadline seems to work best for me, as it adds pressure to sit down and get the words written. Now that another week of writing has gone by it’s time for the April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo week 2 update. Let’s see howRead More →

Did you know that April is Camp NaNoWriMo month? This bi-yearly month-long writing challenge occurs in April and July. Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own word count goal. You can write as many words as you want. For this time around, I decided to stick with the classic word count of 50,000 words. Like many participants, I like to spend a month or two beforehand getting ready to write. This involves picking a story, making sure any necessary prep is done and of course getting my NaNoWriMo survival kit ready. As with many of my previous attempts, I will be documenting my weeklyRead More →

Writing has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I would continuously craft stories, sharing them with anyone who would read or listen to them. As the years went by, I wrote less, mostly due to school workload, but I never lost my love of writing. My adult years haven’t seen a lot of writing. True, I participate in NaNoWriMo every year and work on this blog, and all of that technically counts as writing. However, I want to put even more focus on my writing. That is why I am making 2021 theRead More →

As the cold Northern winds blow ushering in the winter months, it’s important to make sure you have what is needed to get through this cold time of the year. Having lived in Northern Ontario for more than a dozen years, I have several winter essentials. Some items help me combat the cold when I need to leave the house, while others are simply to keep cabin fever at bay. Ensuring that I have these and other items is an important part of getting ready for winter. This post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one ofRead More →

With the arrival of December, writers around the world can let out a collective sigh of relief that they survived another NaNoWriMo. Whether you managed to hit that 50000 word count goal or came up shy, go ahead and give yourself a round of applause. Writing a novel in a single month is no easy task and even failures can teach you something about your writing. Now that the challenge is over it’s time to share my NaNoWriMo 2020 final update. This will cover the last three days of writing and how I felt my overall experience went. Curious about how the previous weeks went?Read More →

The fourth week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. This last week truly flew by in no time and I can see the finish line of this writing challenge not far away. Though I have already hit the 50000-word mark to secure my win, that doesn’t mean that I am done writing. There is still a ton of work to do on this novel, including a major revamp of the outline, which in turn will force me to rewrite several chapters, scrap some others and add plenty of new ones. I’m up for the challenge, even though I know a lot of that workRead More →

The third week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. I don’t know about you, but this month, and thus this challenge, seem to be absolutely flying by. This week brings us beyond the half-way point in the quest to write 50000 words in 30 days. At this point in the challenge, if you are sticking to hitting the minimum words needed each day, you will be sitting at 33340 words written so far. For non-writers, this can seem like an insane amount of writing. Honestly, even writers can struggle with it. However, the big pull of NaNoWriMo is pushing yourself to truly write asRead More →

The second week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. This 30-day long writing challenge is an excellent way for writers to focus on getting their stories down. A tight deadline is just what a lot of us writers need to truly transform that idea we have floating around into a rough draft that will hopefully one day turn into a fully polished novel. By the end of the second week, the word count of your novel should be at 21671 words. If you are behind, don’t worry. Just keep writing and you will get there. If you are ahead, that’s fantastic! This NaNoWriMo 2020Read More →

November is the month of NaNoWriMo, a month-long challenge to write 50000 words in 30 days. This is a challenge that I and many other writers look forward to. Writing such a large number of words in a single month may sound like a daunting task but if you get prepared for it ahead of time, it can go quite smoothly. If you are looking for more information about NaNoWriMo order want to sign up, be sure to visit the official site. This NaNoWriMo 2020 week 1 update will show how well I have done in the first week of writing. NaNoWriMo 2020 week 1Read More →