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?

It’s the last Sunday of the month, which means that it’s time for one of our chapter PAN members (PAN stands for Published Authors Network, a professional designation within RWA open to members who reach a certain level of sales) to visit the blog to share some of their wisdom and expertise. This month, Mary E. Thompson is here to inspire us with some thoughts on why we write. Which for those of you who are striving to write 50,000 words this month, may feel like an extremely timely question.  Take it away, Mary! ~ By Mary E. Thompson Eight...

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...

The 5 Stages of NaNoWriMo

~ By Abigail Owen I have found in my NaNowWriMo experience that, much like the stages of grief, there are 5 stages of writing a book in one month. In fact, similar to grief, you may even cycle through these a few times by the end. Let’s review– Stage 1 – Enthusiasm Writing a book in one month sounds so exciting…before you get started. Even if you’ve done this before, you enter into the endeavor with a certain amount of optimism and even enthusiasm. I mean, how cool is it that in just 30 short days you will have a...

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