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Undertaking the task of writing a 50,000--word novel during the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can make even the most seasoned writer nervous. By learning about techniques and resources that can help you prepare for NaNoWriMo, you'll be ahead of the game before you even begin your novel, and will have a greater chance at winning the NaNoWriMo competition.
November Here are a few things I'm implementing during this month of writing. I have found it to be invaluable.
1. Tell your friends and family that you will be participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Explain how the contest works to anyone who is not familiar with it. It's crucial to your success to have a support system of people who understand what you are trying to accomplish and can offer encouragement.
2. Analyze your current free-time schedule and determine if there are any activities you can cut back on, or temporarily eliminate while you are participating in NaNoWriMo. This will give you additional dedicated writing periods that you can utilize during the writing competition.
3. Block out daily writing time on a calendar for each day during the month you are participating in NaNoWriMo. Take into consideration that there may be certain days of the week that can yield more designated writing time than others and adjust your writing schedule accordingly.
4.Distribute copies of your writing schedule to family and friends, so they are aware of when you will be unavailable. Once people know more about your writing schedule during NaNoWriMo, they will be more respectful of your designated writing time.
5. Set aside time for brainstorming ideas about the novel you intend to write and record them using a notebook. Generate concepts surrounding your novel's plot, main characters and setting. Having a general blueprint for your novel will keep you on track during your writing.
6. Sign up or log in at the official NaNoWriMo website. The site will keep track of your word count progress during the NaNoWriMo writing competition and connect you with other writers in your region, so you can give and get more moral support from fellow writers while you are participating in NaNoWriMo. For all of you who may be participating in NaNo, and have signed up for the site feel free to add me as your writing buddy there: I'm Lonewolfmcq
Be sure to include some social time in your schedule during NaNoWriMo so close friends and family don't feel neglected. This will also provide motivation for you to complete your writing for the week so you can fully enjoy being away from your computer.
Don't try to do it all. Trying to keep up your normal schedule in addition to participating in NaNoWriMo can cause burnout.
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During the month of October, I had the honor and privilege to prep for NaNoWriMo with:
It was here that I was able to generate a better idea of what I was going to do for my NaNo Novel. It is also here that I gained much support from fellow writers and a very helpful event overall.
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I'm also participating in a WDC event called the NaNoWriMo Write - A- Thon as a member of Team Blue. I believe it's closed for writers, but there is always room for sponsors here:
Good luck to all of you writing this month.
Excerpt of Chocolate Stains:
Inga, 35, down-to-earth elementary school teacher, mother of two sons aged 13 and 2, has only just gotten over first covering up and then spilling a life-changing secret and started over with her ex-husband when the appearance of someone from her past turns her life upside down once more.
Lynn, 34, journalist, girl next door and celebrated bestseller author who has recently married her Prince Charming, is confronted with a mistake that might give her more to write about, but also endangers everything she has built up in the last couple of years.
Aurora, 35, sexy lingerie model and head-turning man eater, is trying to come to terms with some unexpected realizations about herself and a poorly healed heartbreak of two years ago when a new troubling discovery, on top of having to face her past, makes her question everything.
Their friendship has survived a lot in the past, so as long as they have each other, they will solve their problems - or will they?
Excerpt of Carpe Diem, a Romance in Cyber Space:
Usually Janie looked forward to each and every one of BlueAngel's emails. But not this one. This one caused a wave of nausea that was building up in her stomach in one massive knot. Her hands were shaking, and she hadn't even opened it yet!
She laughed at herself. This is ridiculous, she thought. I'm a grown woman. I shouldn't be reacting this way.
Nonetheless there it was, like a beacon flashing neon letters at her from her inbox, the letters proclaiming a simple subject line: Time to meet? Her mouse hovered over the link to the message when she drew her hand away from it and jolted up from the chair.
Excerpt of Touched By Love:
Surprising how wonderful the world seems,
After a night spent in your arms,
Not as elusive now my secret dreams,
I'm under the spell of your charms.
As if through rose-tinted glasses I see,
The sunshine behind drops of rain,
The greyest of skies still look blue to me,
My heart feels light and free from pain.
Excerpt of Slow Dance On The Inside:
Lynn slipped her hand into Jason's and he smiled sleepily, his eyes still shut tight. She stared at him long and hard as he dug his face into his pillow and didn't let go of her hand. Lynn breathed lightly, afraid that she'd wake him. She took in how good it felt, just to have him hold her. Then, suddenly, she let go. Telling herself she was too aware of the feeling for her own good. He didn't seem to notice and Lynn huffed angrily before throwing off the covers and getting out of the bed.
Sitting down minutes later with a fresh cup of coffee in her hand overlooking the city streets, she spotted a young couple holding hands. The girl was leaning on the boy's shoulder as they laughed. Lynn forced herself to look away.
Excerpt of A Heart's Home:
It was January. That period after Christmas and New Year's when the excitement of the season begins to slowly ebb away and the temperatures bring you back to reality with a bitterly cold wind at your back.
That particular night I was nursing a sprained ankle, having twisted it earlier that day during a nasty incident in the dairy barn with a very obstinate pregnant heifer named Princess Margaret. Apparently the vet, Dr. Jon had applied a bit too much pressure when he checked for her baby's heartbeat. She'd scuttled away from him in the straw, then turned and gave me a kick in the upper thigh that left me sprawled out in the straw by the feed bin with my left ankle twisted slightly under me and a string of unholy curses flying from my lips.
Dr. Jon helped me to the house with Mark's assistance and left me in Mary's capable hands while they finished checking the pregnant heifers. After Mary had me comfortably settled on one of the sofas in the family room with my ankle on ice, I suddenly realized that it was my Dad's birthday. So Mary brought me the cordless phone.
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