nanowrimo

What NaNoWriMo Means to Me as a Professional Writer

When I first took the NaNoWriMo challenge back in 2005 I was worried. Worried I didn’t have the right (or is it write?) stuff to succeed. I had just spent seven years completing my first novel. How could I possibly write another (albeit shorter) novel in just thirty days? I did my research – I read everything I could about NaNo – including strategies on how to win. I also saw a lot of the Poo Pooing some of the professional authors of the day were doing. “Only junk can be written so quickly.” “It is a waste of time.” “Just a bunch of wannabes pretending to be real writers.” Those were only a few of the negative comments I […]

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Change of Heart – NaNoWriMo

I wasn’t planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year. I kept reminding myself that I have too many other demands on my time. Then, on Sunday, I started anyway. Who needs a life anyhow, right? 🙂 Seriously though, one of my projects on the go is the second book in the Scouts of the Apocalypse trilogy. I actually tested the story out on my Scouts already so it was time to write it. I really want it out in early 2016 so it made sense to get that added kick in the pants NaNoWriMo offers. As you can see by my attached screenshot, Sunday was a good writing day. I plan to have many more of those. So, if you are […]

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NaNoWriMo 2015

If you’ve ever wanted to challenge yourself in your writing, I highly encourage you to try NaNoWriMo this year. In a nutshell, NaNoWriMo is a self-challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Sounds impossible? It really isn’t. Especially because their is a wonderful website (http://nanowrimo.org/) that helps you track your words, connects you to other writers taking the challenge AND provides emails of encouragement the entire month. I have actually won NaNo five times (or is it six) since I started doing it. In fact, two of my NaNo novels have gone on to be published. Alas, I won’t be officially participating this year. A crazy schedule has seen to it that I simply cannot dedicate myself […]

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