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NANOWRIMO Begins in Two Days

NANOWRIMO Begins in Two Days



National Novel Writing Month begins on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 and runs through the end of the month. In case this is your first introduction to #NANOWRIMO, the goal is to write 50,000 words during the month. If you’re a math whiz, you’ll know that this equates to 1,666 words per day. Or, very long weekends!

Although I’ve written 30 books, all of them are non-fiction. However, I did my best to prepare by taking two online courses: J.F. Penn’s How to Write a Novel and Sara Rosett’s How to Outline a Cozy Mystery. I considered doing a time travel novel as that’s more where my heart is, but for now I’m going to try my hand at the cozy.

Honestly, though. I get so hung up in worrying about plotting that I make myself nuts. Right now I think the best thing I can do is just start writing and see where the stories leads. I guess that makes me a pantser, not a plotter. Ok.

I’m going to do my best to check in here every Friday with a word count and comment on the process. I invite you to join me. Let’s see what we can create.


Now’s Your Chance to Write a Novel

Now’s Your Chance to Write a Novel

Write a novel todayI write non-fiction books and articles. But do I want to write a novel (or more than one)?  Yes!

I’ve been following Joanna Penn for a long time (never miss her podcasts) and was thrilled when she released her brand new course How to Write a Novel. I’ve signed up for the course and am almost finished with Module 1 (of 5) and actually feel pretty confident that I can do this.

If you’ve been looking for that “PERFECT” course for novel writing, this is it. I’ve read a ton of books about writing but honestly, getting the info from someone like Joanna who has written so many books is so much better. That’s because I KNOW for certain, she knows what she’s talking about. If you want to write a novel too, I encourage you to go take the class. Let’s compare notes and cheer one another on.

#NaNoWriMo or #NancyNoNo?

#NaNoWriMo or #NancyNoNo?

I’ve been reading lots of posts this past week about gearing up for #nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). In case you’re never heard of it, #nanowrimo challenges writers to put their butt in a chair and write a 50,000 word novel over the course of 30 days. That’s about 1666 words a day, just in case you were wondering.

(A few of the articles:)

Nano Writing Tips
12 Thoughts about NaNoWriMo
Are You Ready for NaNoWriMo Madness?

The question I keep asking is: Do I really have time to do this? I’ve gone back and forth a dozen times and still haven’t made a commitment in my own head.

Right now I’m working on a Kindle book that I want to get off my desk in the next few weeks, and I’m doing close to 20 hours of consulting work for Client V. So, how do people who work a 9-5 job schedule this?

I’m trying to figure out if I can do #nanowrimo before I start my client work cause I know if I wait til nighttime I’ll be knackered. And, if I do it first thing, will I then be so into the novel that my client work goes to hell?

Ok you #nanowrimo peeps – leave a comment and let me know how you did it.