Tag: NaNoWriMo

3 Important Tools To Help You Through NaNoWriMo

3 Important Tools To Help You Through NaNoWriMo

Posted November 17, 2021 in Writing // 0 Comments

NaNoWriMo is such an exciting initiative. There’s something magical to joining a community of writers all working simultaneously to accomplish the same goals and build stories. Writing is very much a “solo hobby”, so it’s nice to feel part of a community, even if just for one month. That said, NaNoWriMo can also be extremely stressful. Writing 1,667 words/day is no small task. Many writers have other obligations, like their day jobs. For others, the sheer required numbers to write a 50k novel in a month is overwhelming. This event is extremely fun, but it has its downsides too. Today, […]

Word Counts & Writing & How That Can Be a Toxic Relationship for a First Draft

Word Counts & Writing & How That Can Be a Toxic Relationship for a First Draft

Posted May 19, 2021 in Writing // 4 Comments

For as much as I love NaNoWriMo as a writing event and motivator, it has created a few bad habits in me.  The worst of these is my obsession over word counts.  NaNoWriMo encourages writers to scribe a 50k work novel over the course of a month.  It’s a very achievable goal, and even though in recent years the program has become more flexible and allows participants to create their own goals with different objectives outside word count… word count still gets stuck in my head. The industry I work in obsesses over numbers.  Quality is important, but you are […]

10 YA Authors Who Have Participated in NaNoWriMo (See? It’s Cool!)

10 YA Authors Who Have Participated in NaNoWriMo (See? It’s Cool!)

Posted October 12, 2020 in Writing // 2 Comments

I am a big, big fan of NaNoWriMo. You may have noticed this from years of posts about it, plus the fact that I proudly display my winner’s badges on my sidebar.  I think that NaNoWriMo is a great community writing event for all ages.  Is it perfect?  Of course not – some people positively hate it.  Plus, the content one puts out during NaNoWriMo will be, by nature, subpar at best.  But that’s not the point.  The point is we are writing and we are writing together. Love, love, love it.  You will see nothing but adoration for the event on […]

NaNo Announcement: A Star Danced

NaNo Announcement: A Star Danced

Posted October 28, 2018 in Writing // 4 Comments

Hello everyone! Just a quick little afternoon post here to announce I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo this November! I’ve been nagging a girl at work who has been struggling to work on her novel to try it out, and she decided she would.  Also, she’s jumped on the Dabble bandwagon and loves it, so YAY.  When I asked her if any writerly friends are also doing with her, she said she didn’t really have any 🙁 so I decided join in and I’m excited.  Her novel sounds amazing, by the way.  I’d definitely read it.  I have low key begged her […]

Five Things I Learned From Camp NaNo 2018

Five Things I Learned From Camp NaNo 2018

Posted August 1, 2018 in My Stories, Writing // 11 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve done it.  On Sunday, July 29th I validated my Camp NaNoWriMo novel.  Even my word processor – Dabble – was excited for me.  I got confetti fireworks and everything. As I’m writing this post on the 29th – mere seconds after validating – it feels… wrong.  I hate looking at this beautiful, delightful winner’s screen and feeling like I cheated.  Because, in a way, I have. For me, part of what makes NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo is finishing the novel.  And I haven’t.  I’m nowhere near.  This is one of the reasons why I tend to drift towards Camp […]