Can you believe that we are already a week into NaNoWriMo? The time sure is flying by! How are my fellow participants doing? Are you remembering to take breaks, stay hydrated and see to your other needs? Finding a balance between writing and life can be difficult, but hopefully, you have taken plenty of steps to make sure you are keeping up with everything outside of writing. Now that NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 1 has come to an end and it’s time to do a word count check. Let’s break down the week of writing. NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 1 Day 1 I don’t know about otherRead More →

NaNoWriMo has arrived! A month-long challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Day 1 of NaNoWriMo is the most important and often the most dreaded day of the month. But this does not mean that you are on the verge of failure. A few simple tricks will keep you going strong. The novel that is inside of you wants to come out and NaNoWriMo is your opportunity to do just that. Do not let the pressure of the first of writing stop you from reading your writing goals. Day 1 of NaNoWriMo Though the challenge spans thirty days, by far the hardest dayRead More →

NaNoWriMo is swiftly approaching. What is NaNoWriMo? It’s a 30-day challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. This challenge occurs every November. Writers around the world will be busy typing frantically, bringing their stories to life. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, toss in all of your normal life tasks as well. It sounds difficult, doesn’t it? Balancing NaNoWriMo & life is not impossible. After all, we are capable of so much. You have your NaNoWriMo survival kit ready and you have done what you could to prepare for a month of writing. But the question still remains, how do you balance NaNoWriMoRead More →

NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. That’s right fellow writers, the month of writing is approaching swiftly. Grab those novel ideas, brush off your notebooks, go cry in a corner. Do whatever it is you do to get ready for NaNoWriMo. Going into my eighth year of NaNoWriMo, I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what to expect and what needs to get done ahead of time to be successful. However, as a blogger, I now have to find a way to balance my blogging responsibilities and writing a novel. Sounds hard, doesn’t it? Balancing NaNoWriMo & blogging can be a bitRead More →

NaNoWriMo progress update

November has come and gone and with it the end of NaNoWriMo. This 30-day long writing challenge is something I look forward to each year. Though my NaNoWriMo results vary greatly from year to year, I still enjoy it. If you are curious how the first half of the month went, you can check out my progress report. Day 16 to 20 I can’t exactly recall what happened during these days. However, what I know is that I didn’t get a single word written. It happens sometimes. So my total word count at this point was 8426. Yes, I’m fairly behind at this point, butRead More →

NaNoWriMo progress update

It’s officially the halfway point of NaNoWriMo. I thought it would be fun to give you a little update on how I’m doing. Though I have posted a few minor updates on Twitter, I haven’t gone into too much detail. Thus, I give you my official half-way through NaNoWriMo progress report. Day 1 & 2 I started off strong. Getting ahead on the first day is something that I strive to do each year. Not only does it make me feel great, but it gives me that little cushion for days when the words don’t flow as easily. At the end of day 1, I wasRead More →

NaNoWriMo progress update

‘Twas the night before NaNoWriMo, and all through the house Not a keyboard was clacking, no clicks of a mouse; The notebooks were placed on the table with care, In hopes that stories would soon form there; The writers were tossing and turning in their beds, While visions of plot bunnies danced in their heads.   This is it, the day before NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month starts. For those who may be questioning what NaNoWriMo is, it is a 30-day writing challenge to write 50,000 words over the month of November. This essentially equates to writing an entire novel in one month. For moreRead More →

NaNoWriMo is just two weeks away! Hopefully, by now you have taken the steps necessary to get ready for NaNoWriMo. At the very least, you may have a story idea picked out. Even if you don’t, that’s okay! Half of the fun of NaNoWriMo is that feeling of panic over creating a story and then the joy of when that story appears on the screen. However, knowing your story is only part of being successful at NaNoWriMo. Having participated in NaNoWriMo for seven years, I have learned the importance of having a NaNoWriMo survival kit. But what exactly is a NaNoWriMo survival kit? Why do you need one?Read More →

NaNoWriMo progress update

NaNoWriMo is just over a month away. You know what that means? That’s right, it’s time to panic! What are you going to write about? When will you have time to write? How do words even work anymore? Why do I do this to myself every year? Where did that flash drive full of ideas go? Who will feed me when I am buried deep in my writing? These are just a few of the things to figure out in order to get ready for NaNoWriMo. For those who aren’t aware NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is a writing challenge held every NovemberRead More →