Last week, I wrote a post with tips for clearing more time for novel writing. This post is the counterbalance to that one — these are the things I recommend you DO continue to make time for, even in the midst of your novel-writing frenzy. You’ll be glad for the investment once the madness is over in December.…Continue
Added by Lacey Louwagie on November 10, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Well, I am up to my eyeballs in NaNoWriMo and it's only day 3. After a productive write-in on Saturday, a somewhat grueling coffee-shop stint on Sunday, and an early morning of writing the bare minimum today, I gave my "So, You Want to Write a Novel (in a month)?" presentation for the second time tonight. A couple weeks ago I shared some tips for …Continue
I've done "actual Nano" four times, in which you write a 50,000 word draft in 30 days, and won it twice. (Of course, "winning" means that you've got 50,000 words on the page; for me it has never generated a complete story arc of a…Continue
Added by Rachel E. Pollock on March 1, 2015 at 9:34am — No Comments
I had a very thoughtful post about NaNoWriMo planned out in my head, but right now my brain is just too exhausted after a long day of work to produce it. Oh, and did I mention that poor head was also responsible for writing over 50,000 words last month, the last of which were squeezed out in the in-laws' spare bedroom, my husband's aunt's basement, and at a coffee shop en route from Rapid City to Sioux Falls, SD? Welcome to the world, NaNo Novel Number…Continue
Added by Lacey Louwagie on December 1, 2014 at 8:15pm — No Comments
Here it is, the last week of NaNoWriMo! Somehow this month that seems both far too long and far too short always comes to an end. My novel has about 8,000 words to go and the main dilemma is resolved. I may end up having to write some filler scenes if I get to the end before hitting 50,000. But I love knowing that I’m so close! By the time I turn in…Continue
Added by Lacey Louwagie on November 24, 2014 at 8:33pm — No Comments
Here I am on Week 3, and I have fallen behind -- it's always my goal to attempt to keep up with my regular writing commitments (journaling, blogging, reviews) while I'm doing NaNoWriMo, but if I have to choose, I choose my novel. November only comes once a year, after all.
This has been a rough week -- I've been swamped with freelance work and stealing 45 minutes a day to novel anyway. That's why my usual Monday blog post is appearing on ...…Continue
Added by Lacey Louwagie on November 20, 2014 at 8:23pm — No Comments
Time to crack open those writing how-to books.
Time to locate all those scraps of paper or random files off your C-drive containing random snip-its of plot ideas, storylines, dialogue, working titles, and character traits.
Time when writers gather…Continue
1) If you don’t toot your own horn, you shouldn’t expect anyone to do it for you.
2) I won’t have to do my forfeit and contribute to…
It's almost NaNoWriMo time, folks.
I've done NaNoWriMo before. It's intense--by design. 50,000 words in a single month. For perspective, it took me about two years to write the 70,000 words of my novel in progress. To make it to the finish line, you've got to crank it out at a pace of 1666 words a day.
You've got to write for speed. You've got to write like you're racing. You've got to be a hare.…Continue
Added by Emily Wenstrom on October 30, 2013 at 8:21am — No Comments
So like every writer, ideas pop into my head at any given moment. I have been driving my car, a thought pops in my head and bam I am scrambling for a pen to jot it down. Ideas also pop in when I am in the throes of writing others novels and doing my homework.
Thus, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) is almost upon me and I find myself reviewing sticky notes, Word document blurbs, Evernote, and random scribbling searching for the best of the best.
I spent Sunday afternoon…Continue
Added by PM Kester on October 14, 2013 at 5:45am — No Comments
To be honest, I really have not watched American Idol in a long time.
Last night, I was doing homework and flipping channels and decided to stop. I am sort of familiar with the girls in the top five so I figured I would see who was voted off. I am so happy I tuned in. Last night Fantasia sang a song that showed me with passion and artistry is all about. Is you have not seen it, please watch this…
Added by PM Kester on April 19, 2013 at 6:26am — No Comments
In June of 2012 I wrote a book that was very close to my heart.
It was a story that was outlined the previous year and worked on via Nanowrimo 2011 but the story had been brewing for many years. I knew these characters. They spoke to me and I spoke to them. When I finished the book I was ecstatic and began the process of revisions and letting others read it.
And then I discovered it was a typical first book. Full of mistakes and the story just needed…Continue
Added by PM Kester on April 2, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments
That's rich like a good coffee, sumptuous chocolate or the deepest red of a velvety rose, not rich as in financially overflowing (although that one would be good too). How do you achieve and maintain the quality within your writing?Continue
My hand hurts but I am happy for the pain.
I cannot stop writing and this is good. The one thing that I appreciate about Nanowrimo is that it reawakens the drive to write in a lot of writers. Sometimes we can get caught up in agent rejection, manuscript rejection or just our own personal issues - and we forget our craft. Nanowrimo reawakens it. Our task is to simply, keep up the momentum and finish what we started.
I have like three projects that I have…Continue
Added by PM Kester on December 9, 2012 at 8:48pm — No Comments
I finished and won with around 65K in my word count. There were good days with high word counts and words pouring out of me like skittle rainbows. There were bad days with blurred vision, arm cramps, and my brain on the fritz.
In the end, I finished and I am happy with what I accomplished - but I'm not done.
My story is was not wrapped up. I am still revising it. I am still on my writing grind. But I feel I am in a better place. I now have a writing…Continue
Added by PM Kester on December 3, 2012 at 8:25am — No Comments
As the quest for 50K comes to an end, the big question is: “Are you a winner?”
Technically, I could have validated my novel days ago. I actually hit 60K this weekend but my novel is far from finished. Sure, I started this revision journey thinking, I would be this awesome chick that revised her novel in 30 days but that’s not going to happen.
I’m okay with this. I predict that I will probably finish a week into December, but then again maybe I will not. I am so enamored…Continue
Added by PM Kester on November 27, 2012 at 7:40am — No Comments
I am half-way through revisions on a book that has changed me as a writer.
This book, my first completed novel, truly showed me that I have "the goods." Through writing this work, I proved to myself that I could craft ideas and experiences, put them on paper, and create something that I could be proud of.
This week, I have approached my manuscript with a longing. Whenever I put it away at night, I dream about it. Whenever I return home, I can't wait to turn…Continue
There are many mornings, especially this week, that I question why I am still doing this. There are so many other things I could be doing (learning to sew, prepping for Thanksgiving, watching a Dr. Who marathon). Why am I trying to finish a 50K novel in 30 days?
Then I look at my words. They are all beautifully printed on the page (thanks to Staples). I won at CampNaNoWriMo this summer and am using this month to add another 50k to my novel. My novel. That is the most…
Added by PM Kester on November 16, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I am trying to put myself in position to truly be a professional writer.
I am trying to diligently blog, connect with other writers, and get my name out more in the writing community. Writing everyday is such a great release to me and I am a little anxious right now that I have not found the time to whittle away at my NanoRevMo project.
I am working on my own personal webpage - something I thought I would never do. I got the idea from networking with some great people…Continue
Added by PM Kester on November 14, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments
It's going better than I expected.
Isn't that a horrible expression - almost like you expected a writer's zombie apocolypse (no coffee or chocolate and the deadline is like 10 minutes ago).
I began super excited to participate in Nano but alas, as what usually happens each year - life began to happen. I think I get spoiled. People leave me alone for the first week. The kids are actually sweet. No one is calling or banging on the door. I get so much done! …Continue
Added by PM Kester on November 12, 2012 at 6:39pm — No Comments