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    NaNoWriMo 2017 Overview – This Is How It Went

    When it comes to writing challenges like NaNoWriMo, I’m infamous for waiting until the last minute to come up with story ideas and plans.  Last year (I won with 51.8k) I was scrambling five hours before the events officially started in the East Coast, slapping together a story idea based on an oldish character and a book cover. A novel never feels quite right without the book cover.  Then I raced into the first day of NaNoWriMo with no real feel for what I was writing. Well, history likes to repeat itself. I did it again this year.  About a month before I had a vague story idea that I…

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    Another Year, Another NaNoWriMo Hangover

    Before we start I want to say, ‘congratulations’.  You wrote for thirty days, give or take a handful.  You  created a habit. NaNoWriMo is over, the tough part is now keeping the habit. I’m creatively drained. My head pounds a little when I think too hard about plot. My fingers shake when they touch the keys. An aching pain shoots up my wrists. I’ve drunk enough tea this month to fill Boston Harbor. The usual post – NaNo symptoms.

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    What I Learned During Week One of NaNoWriMo

    When I first had the idea to write this post series, it was because I was switching my blog over to a wordpress.com site. As I was switching things over I was rereading all of my blog posts from NaNoWriMo last year. A lot of that time was spent cringing because of all grammar and spelling mistakes I made.  I guess I have to give myself grace though because a lot of the posts were written after midnight in like ten minutes. But the time that wasn’t spent holding back winces, was spent in nostalgia and a little bit of awe at the wisdom my sleep-deprived was able to articulate.

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    Nerves, Blues and Getting Started

    The month before NaNoWriMo is always filled with writers who are doing NaNoWriMo ‘the right way’ (aka those who spend the entire month of October outlining and learning about their characters.) and writers who believe NaNoWriMo is an unforgivable act against God. They run their mouths to anyone who will listen on the internet.  And then there’s those of us who barely declare our novels before the month begins, and we just jump straight into the deep end praying fervently that we won’t drown. We bite our nails as we read their comments on the internet.   Last year, I spent nearly the entire month of October freaking out to…

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    If You Don’t Know What NaNoWriMo Is…

    NaNoWriMo is when a bunch of writers get together on the internet and in real life (sometimes) to write 50k (or more) during the month of November.  That’s the official paraphrased definition of NaNoWriMo. The first question I always get asked is, why? Followed by, are you crazy?   No – well, maybe. NaNoWriMo is about connecting with other writers and pushing ourselves to new heights  we didn’t know we could reach. It’s about having fun harmless competitions over word count and how crappy our writing was that day. It’s about writing complete BS, and complaining about it with a smile on your face, because you freaking put words on paper.  Most importantly…

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    NaNoWriMo – Day Thirty – The End

    It’s the last day of NaNoWriMo. Some of us have finished and are writing on, others are finishing, some have given up and some of us are still plodding on with our stories even though we have no chance of finishing in time. No matter where you are I’d like to offer you a hearty congratulations and good luck with your next steps. Even if you didn’t reach 50,000 you still started something and that is so much more than many people can say for themselves this month.

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    NaNoWriMo – Week Four – Home Stretch

    I don’t have much to say this week as we enter the last three precious days of the month. All of my words have been eaten by NaNoWriMo and it’s beginning to take a bit of a toll on my mind. I’m exhausted. On the plus side, my typing fingers have never been faster and stronger than they have this month and despite the work load I’ve managed to keep my grades in all my classes amongst the A’s. So, what are your word counts like? I know so many of you have already given up to stress and the surmounting pressure of the words you haven’t written. Others of…

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    NaNoWriMo – Week 3 – Keeping Ahead of the Curve

    We’ve entered the final stretch of the NaNoWriMo month, only eight more days left to complete and validate our word counts. So many have already finished, some of us are only a few thousand away and others of us are still stuck in the middle. No matter where you are give yourself a quick pat on the back and a treat.  You’ve made it this far, finish strong no matter the word count you achieve. For each of us the past three weeks have brought troubles, writer’s block and disobedient characters wanting to write their own stories. We have banged our heads on our desks in frustration and threatened to…

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    NaNoWriMo – Week Two – The Halfway Mark

    We are halfway through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a international event whee thousands of writers try to pound out 50,000 words in 30 days. I know, we’re a bit crazy and we’re probably all going to need rehab for the amount of caffeine that we’ve consumed so far. Oops! But we’ve reached the halfway point and we’re all still hanging on despite some setbacks and writer’s block this week. For many of us, if we haven’t already hit some road blocks within the past week we’re about to hit some as we struggle to up the tension in our stories and keep it interesting (*clears throat* If you’re a…

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    NaNoWriMo 2016 – Week One – Summary & Motivation

    Hey Guys! I’m just going to combine the recap for our first week of NaNoWriMo with my day six word count stats (bottom of the post).  Grab a cup of water and hydrate your self as you read, I have a bit to say and I also care for your health. First of all, I believe we all deserve rounds of applause and pats on the back for how far we’ve come, whether that’s 10 words or we’ve already nearly hit the finished line with 50k (I wish). Why?

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