NaNo Prep: Your October To-Do List!

Hello, everyone! It’s almost time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). And we are here to support you. Here is your suggested October To-Do List. (And if you’re not participating in NaNo, this list applies for any time you start a novel.) 1. Listen to any podcasts that will spark your creativity. The Moth has great stories, but if you’re looking for something more craft related, try How Story Works. (Listen from the beginning, as it’s like a college course and it’s best to listen in order.) 2. Have no clue what you’re going to write about? Use these tips...

Reentry and Giving Yourself a Break

~ By Melina Kantor We hear it all the time. BICHOK. Want to be a writer? Write.  Writers write every day.  And of course, all of that is true. But I’ve got to confess something. I just finished a first draft of a story. I sat my butt down and put my hands on the keyboard for several hours for 29 days and won NaNoWriMo. For a month, my dogs were neglected. My refrigerator was empty. My nice gel manicure slowly peeled off, leaving me with broken nails. I was exhausted. And people were talking about starting revisions on December...

Writing Sprints Make a Difference

~ By Leigh Duvan When you hear the word Sprint your first reaction might be to think of Olympic Runners or Track & Field Events – you know like the 100-meter dash. Sprinting is associated with “going fast” and the actual verb definition is: run at full speed over a short distance. Today we’re going to take the sprint to another level – a writing level. A few years back when I started writing “for real”, I came across a group of writers who would “sprint” together. The more I learned about writing sprints, the more I fell in love...

NaNoWriMo – Why You Win Even When You Lose

~ By Leigh Duvan There are only a few days left to sign up for NaNoWriMo 2017. You may still be on the fence about NaNo or thinking there’s no way you can win, so why bother even doing it. Today I’m going to tell you in Nike form to JUST DO IT! Sign up! Unless you’re going to be hiding under a rock for the month of November, there’s no reason not to be a participant. I’ll even make it easy for you. Here’s the sign up link: https://nanowrimo.org/ Now, before you think I’m crazy, hear me out....

GMC, Wonder Woman, and Unlocking Your NaNoWriMo Story

Wow, okay. So NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) begins exactly a week from today. Have you figured out your plot? Eh, don’t worry, neither have I. Besides, as they say, “no plot, no problem.” Right? NaNo is the time to write with “literary abandon,” forget the rules, and just write. Right? Well. . . The Problem Personally, I can’t do that. I can not handle not knowing what I’m going to write, and even though I’ve been successfully NaNo’ing since 2007, I have yet to learn how to let loose and “just write.” And if try to do so without...

Writing is Hard. Why Do We Do It?

~ By Mary E. Thompson Eight months ago a friend of mine released her first book. Leading up to the release, she did a countdown to release day on social media, shared it with everyone she knew, and was crazy excited. Three months later, sales were dismal. Recognition wasn’t there. She was discouraged. Another friend took on a second job because her writing income wasn’t what she hoped for. Yet another friend waited months to hear back from a submission only to get rejected. None are new stories. Most authors start out the same way. No one knows who...

Surviving NaNoWriMo When You’re Not Writing

~  By Brenda Margriet Note: On Wednesday, we posted an alternate view of National Novel Writing Month.  I am currently not writing. It doesn’t feel good, but I am trying not to beat myself up about it. So with NaNoWriMo going full swing and many of my online writer friends posting amazing word counts I just want to say: Shut up already! Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh. But for those of us (and I know you’re out there!) who aren’t doing NaNoWriMo for whatever reason, here’s some encouragement on getting through the month and beyond. Live your life Yes,...

Why I’m a Wrimo – My Top 5 Reasons

~ By Melina Kantor Note: On Friday, we’ll be posting another point of view about participating in NaNoWriMo. Everyone has a different process, Only you know what works best for you.  So come back Friday, and see what you think.  Apologies to all of my Facebook friends, friends in general, and everyone who has to put up with me in November. Since 2007, National Novel Writing Month has made the entire month of November the highlight of my entire year. And I let everyone know it. My Facebook cover photo is from the NaNo site, and my profile photo is...

Three Simple Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo

~ By Mary E. Thompson Writing a novel in a month can seem like a daunting task. 50,000 words? I’d like that many zeroes in my bank account just as much as I’d like them in my WIP, but sadly, both have far fewer zeroes. Getting the zeroes in my WIP is much easier than my bank account though, and by the end of November, I’ll have my 50,000 words. I’ve never done it before, but this year, I know I’ll succeed. I can write 50,000 words in a month, I’ve done it before, and with these simple tips,...

Wrimos on a Boat!

~ By Melina Kantor  When it comes to NaNoWriMo, I’m known for being. . . enthusiastic. I start getting excited in October, if not sooner. In November, I walk around with my NaNo tote bag and my NaNo hoodie. Yup. I take it that seriously. The month long noveling frenzy has been a huge part of my life since November 2007, which is when I wrote my very first novel. This year, NaNoWriMo was extra special. It’s my fourth NaNo in Jerusalem, and because of all the participation we had this year, it was the first time the community even...

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