NaNoWriMo 2014

~ By Melina Kantor (aka Melissa) Hi Everyone! For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo, I hope you’ve had a great first week. For those who have no clue what I’m talking about, check it out: http://nanowrimo.org Throughout the month, we’ll have several guest posts about the month long writing frenzy, but I’m here to remind you about some of the the many resources, on this blog and beyond, that will help you get through the month. I’m sure this list is just the tip of the iceberg, so if you have more links, please share. 1. Over the years,...

Writing in a Foreign Country

~ By Melina Kantor There was a time, not so long ago, when November meant I had three major events to look forward to. There was the balloon inflation the night before Thanksgiving, when everyone in my neighborhood would congregate by the Museum of Natural History to watch the preparation for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I lived a few blocks away, so I used to invite friends over for dessert afterwards. I’d have giant pots of fancy hot chocolate and apple cider on the stove. The night was often more magical than the parade itself. The next morning, I’d...

NaNoWriMo Week 3

~ By Melina Kantor Hello Wrimos! Welcome to Week 3. Congratulations on being halfway to the finish line! In two weeks, life can go back to normal. Er, relatively normal. Here’s your weekly dose of tips and inspiration. If you need more, click here for past NaNo posts. It’s a shame we can’t send you coffee and chocolate. We would if we could! First, here are some words of wisdom from Ira Glass, host of This American Life: Second, here are some tips from NaNo veteran Elle Filz: 1) Have an idea of what you want to do going...

NaNoWriMo Week 2

~ By Melina Kantor Dear Wrimos, As promised last week, we’re back with more NaNoWriMo fun and inspiration. First of all, welcome to Week 2. I hate to bring it up, but in case you haven’t heard, Week 2 is the most infamous time period of November. It is, for some reason, by far the hardest. But fear not. It gets easier! (By the way, if you haven’t already, check your NaNoMail for pep talks and read them! You’ll need them this week, trust me.) Here are a few treats to get you through. 1. This Saturday, there’s a...

Happy NaNoWriMo!

~ By Melina Kantor Hi Everyone! As of midnight last night, it is officially my favorite time of year. Yes, that’s right. It’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), aka time to write 50,000 words in just thirty days. And drink a ton of coffee. And let your house get dirty. And meet fabulous people at write-ins. But I digress. I started writing as soon as the clock struck twelve, and in a few minutes, I’ll get back to it. But first. . . Not sure what NaNoWriMo is? Then I strongly suggest that you find out by visiting their...

Ten Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo

~ By Shelly Bell Last November, I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days or 1,667 per day. For many, this may sound daunting, especially for those who are at the beginning of their writing career and for those who’ve had a difficult time completing a book. But I highly recommend it. Here are some tips for “winning” this year’s Nano Advanced plotting: Even if you’re a panster, become a plotter for NaNoWriMo. In October, start thinking about the project, characters, setting, and main...

Me a Wrimo? – A Newbie’s Perspective on NanoWriMo

~ By Leigh Duvan 5 months ago I decided to pursue writing fiction on a professional level to fulfill a lifelong dream. My genre: Contemporary Romance. I found my way to our RWA chapter after a 15 year break from membership and a first writing attempt. My career took over and my love or writing continued with minor professional pursuit. I write blog posts and business articles related to my “non writing” profession on a regular basis. The writing process doesn’t always come easy to me yet it doesn’t scare me either. I have a lot to learn about process...

Live From a Write-In!

~ By Melina Kantor On Sunday, I went to a fabulous NaNoWriMo write-in, and, just for fun, asked fellow Wrimos to share some of their thoughts about NaNoWriMo.    * * * I want to see if I’m capable of writing 50,000 words. And even if I’m not, whatever I write this month is more than I would write otherwise. ~ Anonymous   Write-ins are good for commiserating and getting support, egging each other on, and doing sprints. They can be helpful to push people to reach their goals. Write-ins in New York are full of awesome people. It’s...

This Week in Chick Lit

~ By Melina Kantor       Well, dear Chick Lit Fans, what can I say. This hasn’t exactly been a drama free week. Have you heard the complaints about a certain author’s lack of complaints? Yes, I’m talking about Jennifer Weiner. Check this out: Yeah. . . (Thank you to lovely chapter member Kwana Jackson for the video.) Also, there’s a really interesting post on Heroes and Heartbreakers about world building in contemporary romance. Yes, we chick lit / contemporary romance writers have worlds to build too! Lastly, anyone out there doing NaNoWriMo? If so, I’ll leave you with...

Friday NaNo Countdown!

Hello Chick Lit Fans! It’s almost November. Just a few days left until NaNoWriMo! Who’s in? Remember, if you’re participating, we’ll be here cheering you on. Also, stay tuned. We’ve got an incredible lineup of guest bloggers for the next month. Make sure you come back on Monday for a very special interview you won’t want to miss. Write on! 🙂

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