Day 1 of NaNoWriMo 2015 – over 3,000 words

Today is November 1, 2015 – day one of NaNoWriMo 2015.  In between working on our toy review website, and dealing with three children who are still excited to have me home, I wrote.  I actually took the blank document by the horns and started filling it with words. Today I wrote over 3,000 words towards my 50,000 word goal.  I realize I won’t be able to do this much every day, but when I have the time, I don’t mind getting a bit ahead.  I need to write about 1,667 words every day to make my 50,000 word goal by the end of November. I have to admit – this wasn’t easy today.  I had a ton of scenes in my head, but getting the words out to describe them was difficult.  I’m hoping that practice makes perfect. One day down – 29 more to go!

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The Last Day Before NaNoWriMo 2015

Oh my – time has flown.  Now there is only today, then tomorrow I plunge into the malestrom of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days – #NaNoWriMo2015. I’m feeling OK about my prep – not great, but I’ve spent a lot of time on trains and buses lately going over scenes in my head, trying to figure out the conflicts and motivations of my main characters and a few side character, and even crying over a few of the more emotional scenes I’ve thought up.  Of course, that may have just been fatigue – whoever said business trips were fun has never been on one I think! One thing I’ve discovered – I think I’m actually more of a pantser than a ploter, and that really surprises me!  At work, or whenever I have to write something non-fiction, I outline extensively.  Then I just fill in the blanks […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 1 – 15 days until NaNoWriMo

I officially have 15 days (counting today) to prepare to write a 50,000 word novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. I checked the NaNoWriMo website to see what they recommended I focus on.  They recommend writers focus on three things right now: Check out the NaNo Prep Webinar replay.  The webinar was held live a few days ago, but the replay is up on Spreecast. Start reviewing workbooks to help you get mentally prepared for writing your novel.  NaNoWriMo’s Young Writer’s Program website has three downloads, geared for younger writers, but still really useful. You can download a PDF copy for free, or pay to have a printed one. Commit to your win!!  Commit to finishing your novel in a month.  You can even buy the T-Shirt in advance – that’s confidence! So – today, in between laundry and packing for my trip to London (plane leaves […]

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Taking the NaNoWriMo Plunge in 2015!

Well – it’s official.  I have signed up for the November, 2015 National Novel Writing Month event, aka NaNoWriMo.  During the month of November, I have committed to writing a 50,000 word novel.  Never mind that I haven’t even written a short story, play, or anything longer than an essay since college – I will be writing a novel.  Me – really!  Wish me luck!  

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