The Final Push! | NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is a 30-day caffeine-fuelled event where writers all over the world endeavour to write 50,000 words of a novel. It sounds terrifying, but it’s also fun – and you can join here!

Despite being the final day of NaNoWriMo 2018, it is never too late.

Aside from this particular NaNoWriMo, I have always won on the final day – aka, the 30th. I routinely write around 10k or even more on the final day in a mad rush to get that “winner’s” badge. If you start out early, remember to take regular breaks, and work however works best for you, it’s not impossible.

However, even if you don’t quite get to 50,000 words (it is a lot of words!) do not despair. As long as you have more words in your current work in progress than you did at the start of the month, you have won NaNoWriMo.

Honestly. A lot of people think that NaNoWriMo is just about hitting that big 5-0k, but it really isn’t. For me, NaNoWriMo is more about the community that surrounds it, and trying something new. If you’ve never written before this November, and you have 500 words, that’s still great! If you’ve been struggling with school, work, or life in general, and you haven’t reached your goal, that’s still fantastic. If nothing in particular has happened and crossing to get the “winner” badge is still too far away to be achievable –guess what. That’s okay, too.

Whilst NaNoWriMo began with trying to write an entire novel in a month, since I started my first in 2012, I have watched it evolve into cheerleading fellow Wrimos on and having fun with writing, creating new characters and worlds which didn’t exist before the month began. Whatever you wrote in November, and whether you’re still going or it’s already nearing the 1st for you, I hope that you’re proud that you even pledged to write something.It’s not an endeavour that everyone turns their hand to, so well done you!

For the last time this year: happy NaNoWriMo!

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Should You Have a Writing Routine? | NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is a 30-day caffeine-fuelled event where writers all over the world endeavour to write 50,000 words of a novel. It sounds terrifying, but it’s also fun – and you can join here!

Most successful writers have some sort of writing routine. Stephen King religiously writes six pages a day; Haruki Murakami rises at 4am and works for five or six hours before running 10k in the afternoon; Ernest Hemingway also wrote at first light every morning; and Ray Bradbury challenged all writers to write one short story every single week.

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Why do you write? A reminder to keep going | NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is a 30-day caffeine-fuelled event where writers all over the world endeavour to write 50,000 words of a novel. It sounds terrifying, but it’s also fun – and you can join here!

why do you write

It’s week three, so if you’re anything like the average NaNo writer, you’re probably starting to lag. The “Week Three Blues” are an actual thing that NaNo veterans understand, so working out how to carry on with your novel is one of the other trying things that NaNoWriMo teaches you.

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” – ‘Why I Write’ by George Orwell

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Help – my plot is off the rails! | NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is a 30-day caffeine-fuelled event where writers all over the world endeavour to write 50,000 words of a novel. It sounds terrifying, but it’s also fun – and you can join here!

Those dreaded first words (1)

You think the book is going okay, but you just can’t keep the plot in a straight line. It started out as a romance… but you think your love interest might be murdered so does that make it a crime novel? Or perhaps you began as a crime novel and it’s turned into a political story about veganism in the modern day.

Well, I thought my novel was going to be a cute romance about two adorable girls in WWII-era London, but I think it’s a cute romance about two adorable girls… with some ghosts thrown into the mix. It kinda shakes up the tone a little. Continue reading “Help – my plot is off the rails! | NaNoWriMo 2018”

NaNoWriMo 2018 | Those Dreaded First Words

NaNoWriMo is a 30-day caffeine-fuelled event where writers all over the world endeavour to write 50,000 words of a novel. It sounds terrifying, but it’s also fun – and you can join here!

Those dreaded first words

It may be the second day of NaNoWriMo 2018, but I know that there are plenty of people all over the world who have yet to put a word on a page. And if that’s you – hello!

Firstly: it’s okay to not have started yet! Some people are super busy, and starting NaNo on a Thursday is a difficult time for some! Don’t worry if you’re seeing your buddies’ counts soar and yours are remaining at 0, or you’re struggling to catch up. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2018 | Those Dreaded First Words”

Preptober #4 | How To Deal With NaNoWriMo Panic

“Preptober” is a term that some writers who partake in November use to describe the month of October, where we’re all deciding what to write and laying out plot, characters, setting etc. In these blog posts, I want to help you along your own Preptober journey! But, before we continue on… what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? To put it simply, it’s a 30-day challenge with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world, where you attempt to write 50,000 words – or the threshold of a novel – in a month. You can find out more on the website.

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You check the calendar and panic a little when you realise there’s four days to go! Four days?! How did the month go by so fast?!

You pick up your NaNo notebook, and frantically start scribbling. Your plot is so weak! Your characters are 2D and horrendously flawed! You don’t even know which country this book is meant to be set in! What even are words again?? Continue reading “Preptober #4 | How To Deal With NaNoWriMo Panic”

Preptober #3 | Making Your Novel a Virtual Reality

“Preptober” is a term that some writers who partake in November use to describe the month of October, where we’re all deciding what to write and laying out plot, characters, setting etc. In these blog posts, I want to help you along your own Preptober journey! But, before we continue on… what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? To put it simply, it’s a 30-day challenge with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world, where you attempt to write 50,000 words – or the threshold of a novel – in a month. You can find out more on the website.

preptober 3

If you haven’t made your NaNoWriMo novel on the website by now, you should probably jump on that bandwagon ready for the 1st November so you can start verifying your word count straight away.

“But wait!” you cry. “I haven’t… actually… got a plot. Or a title. Or anything to put on the website… And… I’m kinda panicking about making it an Actual Real Thing in the world!”

No worries, fellow writer! I have some tips to help you. Continue reading “Preptober #3 | Making Your Novel a Virtual Reality”

Preptober #2 | My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit & Necessary Tools Of The Trade

“Preptober” is a term that some writers who partake in November use to describe the month of October, where we’re all deciding what to write and laying out plot, characters, setting etc. In these blog posts, I want to help you along your own Preptober journey! But, before we continue on… what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? To put it simply, it’s a 30-day challenge with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world, where you attempt to write 50,000 words – or the threshold of a novel – in a month. You can find out more on the website.

preptober 2

People who don’t write probably think a few things about writers: we live off coffee (accurate), we wear sweatpants all day (on occasion I do write in jeans, but that’s rare), and we need “certain, non-descript things” in order to write a novel, like lucky gloves or a blood sacrifice. Um… what?

Here’s the blatant truth: you need three things to write a novel. One, is something to write on. This can be a laptop, a piece of paper, a notebook, a wall if you’re really living on the edge. Two, is something to write with. This can be your fingers, your voice if you’re using a Dictaphone or voice reader, a pen, a Sharpie, a pencil, or a knife if, for some bizarre reason, you’re engraving your novel into a tree trunk. Third, is your brain. Your story ideas have to come from somewhere, right? Continue reading “Preptober #2 | My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit & Necessary Tools Of The Trade”

Preptober #1 | How To Get Started With Your NaNo Project

“Preptober” is a term that some writers who partake in November use to describe the month of October, where we’re all deciding what to write and laying out plot, characters, setting etc. In these blog posts, I want to help you along your own Preptober journey! But, before we continue on… what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? To put it simply, it’s a 30-day challenge with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world, where you attempt to write 50,000 words – or the threshold of a novel – in a month. You can find out more on the website.

preptober 1

I would say that, at this point, I am a NaNoWriMo veteran. This year will be my 6th year attempting NaNoWriMo, which is so exciting and scary!

As of now, I have a few ideas milling about my head. One of them, that I’m actually leaning towards, is simply this: “a contemporary romance”.

Yup, that’s it.

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Just 21 Writing Prompts

table_accessories_old_notebook_pen_80714_5300x3524I feel like this time of the year is when people start dropping behind on their New Years’ Resolutions. (I certainly have.)

A lot of people, me included, made resolutions/goals to write more this year. Luckily for some, you might be doing a great job at sticking to that. Sadly, not everybody is. Therefore, I have created a list of 21 writing prompts for you to use at your leisure. Feel free to link me to anything to write based from these in the comments, and I’ll be happy to read it. 🙂

PS If write anything to do with these prompts, the pieces will be published on my other blog. Feel free to check it out! ❤  Continue reading “Just 21 Writing Prompts”