NaNoWriMo Update #1

Welcome. I hope everyone is doing well this week? It is a beautiful day today. The wind is blowing a cool breeze making it comfortable to be outside to enjoy the fresh air; this is one reason I love this time of year.

In case you didn’t know, the month of November is National Novel Writing Month. A contest to see if a novelist can write 50,000 in one month, which equals out to a whole 12,500 words a week. Now some may think no problem.

Let me tell you. It is far from easy. I am a panster when it comes to writing. To pull off the 50,000 words in NaNoWriMo, even I have to do some planning to have a guideline from beginning to end. Now, that is not to say it won’t differ from the plan.

So far, this year has not gone to plan. I am currently behind 5,000 words this week. I thought I had done enough planning in October. However, I am finding out this is not the case.

What does this mean?

Well, for one thing, there will be a lot of notes in my manuscript for me to do some research once I have gotten my 50,000 words down.

Giving Thanks!

I want to give a shout out to Bethany Atazadeh for her video “12 Tools for Writing a Novel in Word & Formatting 101: How To Format Your Novel For Self-Publishing” It has helped me with the formatting of my novel and how to put notes in my document, which is a lot easier than writing them down on paper then having to figure out where they go in my manuscript. Plus, the tools that are in Word to format your whole document without having to highlight everything. Talk about saving a lot of time.

As a new author, I make it a priority to learn as much as possible to better my craft. Even when I become a seasoned writer, I will continue to learn. One can never know enough, for the mind is always hungry.

Ok, I little warning I will do my best to keep up with the daily posts. However, I will not make any guarantees. I know I have missed one day already. As this month progress, I am sure there will be more.

Please, be safe as you go about your daily lives as the Corona Virus ramps up again. Remember to wear your mask (I know they can be suffocating), wash your hands frequently, and be mindful of distancing when you are away from home.

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Indie Author’s Day

Today we are celebrating Indie-Author day.

As an Indie-Author it can be hard to have a successful career especially when they are brand new. It is a lot to learn the ropes, which is hard enough then to add marketing on top of it well it can feel as if you are drowning in a bottomless pool.

So, I hope you will take some time today to support Indie-Author’s like me. Currently, I have one book published Dragon Fusion. Next, year Dragon Squad will be launched.

Each year, libraries and organizations around the world welcome local indie authors, writers, and their communties in f or a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels, and so much more.

Please, check out My Books the eBook is only $3.99, the eBook is $14.99 and you can even get a Signed-Author Copy, which makes a great Christmas Gift.

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Final Preptober – Are You Ready?

Welcome! It’s a rainy day, which always puts me in a lazy mood, with only two days left to finalize your preparations.

What does this mean?

Means I need to get into gear. I still have a lot of research to get done.

How about you?

Yes, my layout is, for the most part, filled in. Which is a good thing that way, as I write, I’ll know the track for my storyline to take to get to the destination I have in mind.

If you haven’t started? Well, now the time. You want to be as prepared as possible to be able to write 50,000 words within a month.

One thing you will need to do is plan out a calendar for the month. Mark off the days you won’t be writing. Due to family time and holidays.

Next, you will want to figure out the number of words you will want to per day to make your goal.

Winning NaNoWriMo is possible. It’s not easy. It will require a lot of commitment, but you can do it.

No matter if you write your outline on index cards or in a notebook. You want to leave room for ideas and notes as you move forward. Plus, the more research you can accomplish before you start, the more time it leaves you to write.

Don’t worry about having it perfect. You can change, add, or delete things in the editing process. The main goal is to get the story told. If you get from the beginning to the end with only 50,000 words, you can always add more after the fact.

It can be a fun challenge. Good luck. I hope you make your goal.

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Are You Prepared For NaNoWriMo?

Oh no! There are only two weeks left to prepare for NaNoWriMo. Don’t sweat yet. It can be a challenge to write 50,000 words.

Yes, I won my first NaNoWriMo last year. Now, I remember I was so scared that I wrote all day long for two days straight. I finished the rough draft of my book. Plus, I had won NaNoWriMo.

Believe me when I say, I was so burnt out I didn’t write again until the next year. So, I don’t recommend doing it that way. Yes, I was excited to win. But, my writing suffered because I had even written a blog post.

When it comes to writing my books, I am a panster. The only real planning I do is I will think of ideas for each chapter as to how I want the story to develop.

Usually, I start with twelve chapters to do the layout: three scenes, four chapters per sense. The beginning of the story. Next is the point of no return/the suck it up deal with it process. Whether you have to learn something new or fear, you have to conquer to make it happen. Then the last stage is the climax of the story.

As I think of each idea, I put one per chapter. Then I develop the scene around that specific idea. If by chance, I make a chapter two long, then I will break it into two chapters.

Now, this may not work for you. Everyone is different. I have tried to make an extended, drawn-out plan. However, I ended up changing the story went in a totally different direction. Of course, it was a better idea. But then I thought of all the time I wasted by doing all the planning. So, I know for me, it is best to create an idea for each chapter.

Are you brave enough to take on this challenge? If so, I wish you well. The key is to decide what days you are going to write. Then, figure out how many words you need to do each of those days to reach your goal.

I hope to hear your story of how your NaNoWriMo went. Happy waiting.

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