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...

NaNoWriMo: An ML’s Perspective [REPOST]

~ By Erin O’Brien A note from Melissa / Melina:  I first met Erin during my first NaNoWriMo in 2007. Until I moved to Jerusalem in 2012, she was my ML (Municipal Liaison). I was very lucky to have her encouragement and the write-ins were fantastic.  I’m an ML now, for the first time, and in my application I mentioned that she was a great role model.  So, I thought I’d repost some of her wonderful advice for those of us facing the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.  The moral of the story? Write in packs!  When...

NaNoWriMo Interview With Lani Diane / Lucy March [REPOST]

Hello Readers, It’s Melissa / Melina here. With NaNoWriMo approaching, I thought it would be fun to repost this interview with Lani Diane Rich. I also want to mention that Lani has created a wonderful community of writers at Storywonk. If you’re looking for a group to get you through NaNo, head on over there and check it out! (You may notice the references to chick lit. That’s because this was first posted back when we were the “chick lit” chapter.) ~ Interview By Melina Kantor It’s an absolute honor to have Lani Diane Rich (aka Lucy March) as a guest today! In addition to being the...

NaNoWriMo Prep and Tools

Happy almost NaNoWriMo from your friendly neighborhood blog! Last week, we posted a bit of an intro to NaNo with some inspiration. As promised, we’re back with a list of resources and tools to help you get ready for the huge month. Of course, this list is only the tip of the iceberg and not everything on this list will work for everyone. So please, leave a comment and let us know what works for you. Enjoy the rest of your October and get as much sleep as you can! 🙂 Suggested October To-Do List: 1. Listen to podcasts....

NaNoWriMo Countdown!

Happy October, Everyone! It’s less than a month until National Novel Writing Month! Is that good news? Bad news? Scary news? All of the above? Don’t worry. We’ve got your back. To kick off NaNo season, here are just a few posts about the month long exercise in caffeine and insanity. Not sure what NaNoWriMo is? The first post is an explanation. Want more? Here’s the entire archive. If you haven’t done NaNo before, what are you waiting for? Sign up now! If you’d like to write a post about NaNo, whether you’ve experienced it or not, be in...

NaNoWriMo Virgin No More

~ By Lynne Silver The morning of November 1, (I believe it was a Saturday), I woke up and signed up for National Novel Writing Month. I’d heard of it and watched lots of my friends participate before, but I had never done anything more than watch. I’d made excuses; it wasn’t my kind of thing, I already wrote a lot each month, I was under contract (okay, that last one is pretty valid). But I realize now that my excuses for not trying NaNo had simply been excuses built out of fear. Fear that I wouldn’t—couldn’t—succeed. After all,...

Nanowrimo – The Home Stretch

~ By Lindsay Emory Congratulations! You decided to write 50,000 words in a month! Wow! That decision alone is a tremendous step forward in your writing career. For that, I give you all my kids’ leftover Halloween candy (which isn’t much after three weeks of Nanowrimo, but, it’s the thought that counts). But now you’ve hit a wall. Maybe you’re behind your goals. You’re wondering, how the heck do I finish this? Or do I just give up? I’m here to impart some Ancient Writer Secrets, the tricks and gimmicks and positive affirmations to get you back on track, rounding the...

Surviving NaNoWriMo

~ By Abigail Owen Ah, NaNoWriMo! That month when loony writers attempt to complete a 50,000 word novel, beginning to end in just 30 days. What makes this endeavor even crazier is the fact that the Thanksgiving holiday strikes right when you’re in the homestretch. This is my second year of participating in NaNoWriMo. So clearly I’m a fan of crazy. Last year I came very close to giving up on my goal. We went on a cruise mid-month and then traveled for the holiday. 4 days before the end of the month I still had 100 pages to...

NaNo: Do I dare?

~ By Heather Miles It’s November! Writers all over the country, and the world, for that matter, know that we are upon the month where writers push their limits. It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Few people actually complete the 50,000 words that are considered a winning word count, but sign up with the best of intentions. I would imagine everyone starts with great gusto only to fizzle out in the end. This is my first year to participate in NaNo. I’ve buddied up, kept up and updated my word count daily. I’ve actually gone to one write-in in...

Nanowhat?: My Adventures with NaNoWriMo

~ By Tanya Agler When I first heard about NaNoWriMo in late October 2012, I thought Mork from Ork was making a comeback. What was NaNoWriMo and why did it matter? I sat in bed reading their website and details behind National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, for short). My heart started thumping as I read about the challenge they extended: write 50,000 words of a book in one month. My mind raced as I considered accepting this challenge. I had been writing a work of nonfiction, but I wanted to return to the world of fiction. My wonderful husband...

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