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And the Winners are…

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November is officially done and over with. December is here. Do I hear Saint Nick? Is that the sound of wrapping paper I hear?

How did you do? Did you pass that 50,000 word count like a pro or did you cross that finish line by the nose? Even if you didn’t hit that required word goal having written anything is an accomplishment all on its own. Words don’t write themselves. Stories don’t tell themselves. Ok maybe that last one does, but it needs you, the writer, to share it with the rest of us.

So, if you hit that dreaded 50,000th word go get those well deserved banners, print out that award, and grin like the awesome badass that you are. You wrote 50,000 words!

If you fell short, don’t sweat it. Your story is still there, listen to it and write the rest. Use the hype, the tips, and the tools you gathered during NaNoWriMo and power on through.

In whatever category you fall into, November was hectic to say the least. What still awaits you might have you wanting to hibernate for the rest of the year, heck maybe even well into next year. Where are my warm blankets?

What exactly awaits you?

  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Book Cover hunting (or designing if you also enjoy that part of the creative process)
  • Formatting
  • Submitting
  • Uploading (if you go the self publishing route)
  • Marketing & Promoting
  • Author Platform (hopefully you started this before November)

The list goes on. Working on a novel doesn’t end when you’ve written it.

Catch a snooze, a well overdue long nap and hop right back to it. You worked hard, now share that hard work with us. I want to read your story, so let me. 🙂

And here is my total word count: 50734

Do I hate every word I wrote? Maybe? But I will tell you this, I dislike them less than the words I still need to write. 🙂

Thanks for taking this challenge with me, for making this journey momentous. This was my first year finishing NaNoWriMo and I look forward to sharing the next one with you. But don’t disappear just yet, there is much more to come. I will be tackling the to-do list above and plan to hold a very nice surprise here soon as another way to say thanks.

So don’t go away or you’ll miss out. And why not share your final word count with us?

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The Gears are in Full Swing (10,000 words and counting)

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Picture courtesy of ImageAfter.com

Yesterday was the 10,000 word mark. Did you pass with words to spare? Did you barely skid through? Or are you pushing that one more sprint to catch up? Whichever one you are, it is a great feat in itself to still be in the race. Congratulations!

For those of us pushing through here is another pep talk by the author of Divergent, Veronica Roth. Get inspired, get hyped, get writing.

And for those ahead of the race there isn’t time to slow down, keep at it. This Saturday is the Double Up nightmare. Yes, that is right. This Saturday is a mini challenge in itself where you push yourself to write twice as much. Instead of the daily 1667 shoot for 3334 words. Are you ready?

Plus, to top it off there is another mini event taking place today, Virtual Write In. Video will go live at 1pm PST. Don’t worry if you can’t take part right off the bat. You can always access the video later on and give it a go.

This post seems to have a little bit of everything. Talk about multitasking and turning up the heat, but that’s ok because November is a month to challenge yourself beyond your limits, to discover the greatness ready to come out, and to share that story you’ve been waiting all year to tell.

So, hit up those places that give you that extra push you need, bust out those tools that make keeping track of your writing easier, watch videos that inspire, and don’t forget to read. Just because NaNoWriMo is an event on writing, all writers should read almost as much as they write. The best tool you have are the books you love to read.

Here is what I am reading right now:

nightmareasylum SciFiFantasy

And here is my word count for the past few days:

November 4th: 1395

November 5th: 1286

Yesterday: 1736

Today: 462

Total: 10782

For those following my promo launch for A Prince From Another World, it has been altered to allow me time to write and keep my health from diminishing further. I wasn’t feel very well the past few days, thus the reason for the lack of posts and lower word counts. Plus my sanity could use some break as well. Instead of a five day promo launch I have decided to make a six day launch where every Sunday and Monday I post a promo blog. The promo launch will be extended to the 17th. So expect two promo posts on the 9th and 10th followed by the last two on the 16th and 17th.

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to share your word count progress and any neat blogs or books you read during this long month of November.

It’s Official, We’re Crazy! (NANOWRIMO Hype)

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Wow! Day four already and look I even downloaded the banner. Yeah, I say it’s official.

What is NANOWRIMO? It is surprising that there are still quite a few people who don’t know what all the hype is about or what the heck NANOWRIMO is. Now before you say it’s because not everyone writes or likes to share their progress in their endeavors, let me tell you that my entire writing club other than the instructor, had no clue. Even those who were published authors didn’t know that November was National Novel Writing Month. And today I posted my participation. The response I received: What is that?

Where am I going with this? Now my writing club knows about NANOWRIMO and they are hyped to take part.

So, check out the NANOWRIMO website, download a banner or heck download them all, and share the crazy. Why not share the coffee, chocolate and sugar rush craze that will ensue for the next 26 days? You know you want to. 🙂

Now go write, write, and write some more.

By this day you should have reached the 5,000 mark or be close behind. Wait, what?!  Before you pull an hour rush like I did last night to meet that word count, take the time to really organize your mind. What exactly are you writing? Writing for the sake of writing won’t be enough for this event. You don’t want to finish and end up tossing half of what you spent the last 30 days writing because it wasn’t useful.

This event is not only suppose to help you get past that dread of never finishing something but its suppose to train you into believing that you CAN write a novel in 30 days. And it doesn’t have to be a draft you want to burn, hide, or toss into the river. Who says it can’t be a good, decent, and solid first draft? Quite a few well known authors bust out a book every month, some in shorter time.

Here are two books to help you rope in those words you really need and ignore those that you don’t.

WriteRight

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Make Every Word Count by Gary Provost sums it up very well. Make every word count!

And talking about word count here is mine….

Yesterday: 1803

Today: 444 (It seems it is going to be another last hour dash.)

So far: 6347

Pep Talks (Because you know you want to talk instead of write)

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Day Two of NANOWRIMO

The writing challenge is in full swing or at least should be. But what should one do if it isn’t?

One of the things I missed out on those two years I tried writing a novel in 30 days and failed was taking advantage of all the positive support and resources out there. Like I said before and will probably say 28 more times, there is a vast amount of information for your brain to soak up. There are books on how to do just about anything related to writing and otherwise, blogs and journals (if you still use livejournal), websites, and careers centered on helping writers write.

Our two previous blogs talked about getting a head start and brainstorming. We also dabbed in the topic of finding inspiration to write. But what if after all that writing is still coming at painful chunks, each more painful than the last?

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Pep Talks is one of those lovely resources we can fall back on. If you signed up for NANOWRIMO you might have already received your first one from Chuck Wendig, writer of The Kick-Ass Writer and 250 Things You Should Know About Writing. If you haven’t or didn’t get around to reading it yet go read it now. What are you waiting for? You’ll laugh and want to write Donuts in an empty field when your done reading it. And who knows maybe you will want to keep writing and knock off some of those words you need for today’s word count.

Or maybe you will want to write your own pep talk.

Maybe you’ll make a list of all the great things you can accomplish by treading through the thick mud and refusing to stop so early in the game.

After all:

  1. There are only 29 more days left, 28 if you managed to write today.
  2. You are less than a month away from having a finished novel to stuff in your drawer and never look at again. Or maybe you could try and share it with others and actually publish it.
  3. Think of all the characters you could kill off, marry, or toss in the meat grinder before you write HFA or HFN.
  4. What about world building? How could one say no to the opportunity to create the next world kids and people will be dreaming about?
  5. Or how about all the weird names you can give your characters? You know the world needs another Charlie and Rapunzel to drive us madly in love or insane, which ever fits your genre.

Or maybe you could skip the list and check out writing communities and writing support groups to see how others are overcoming each challenge NANOWRIMO throws at them.

The goals, dreams, desires are endless and so is wanting to hang up the towel and hit the sack. But remember you can still do those last two so why not wait till the end that way you get to really enjoy that overdue sleep while holding your novel in your hands?

Pep talk over. What? That was pep talk? Well it was my own twisted version of it. See how sneaky I was and slipped it by you. 🙂

And now for the results.

Word Count for today: 1578

Day Before: 2139 (1692 at the time of first blog post)

Total so far: 3717

I was able to write a little more yesterday and boost my word count past 2,000 for day one. That is a great accomplishment for me. 🙂 Hope you found this blog entertaining and motivating. Have a few other pep talks, motivational speeches you love, share them with us and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for day two of my promo launch and day three of NANOWRIMO.