Preptober 2021 | How to brainstorm an idea for your book!

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I once read an article that said if you have to spend X amount of hours on a book, you should include the thinking time within that time. Obviously, there comes a point where you really do have to start writing or else there’s no point saying “I want to write a book,” but I think this is a worthwhile consideration. With my previous novel, I spent hours upon hours brainstorming and thinking and daydreaming without writing a single word – and my novel was definitely stronger for it.

Technically, therefore, I feel that NaNoWriMo has already begun. The moment you commit to writing that book, you are taking part in the event itself. From that very first brainstorm, whether its in the notes app of your phone, scribbled on the back of a napkin, or carefully inked into a brand new notebook, you have taken those first steps to be a writer.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2020 | Hour 10

The original plan (after I discovered there were no mini challenges) was to post every 6 hours (so every 1/4 of the way through) to update you guys.

Unfortunately, as always with me and Dewey’s, plans never really work out.

I have read to page 200, which I’m pretty proud of (214 in fact), even though the original plan was to read 400 today and 400 tomorrow.

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Book Unhaul Questions | getting rid of books | blogmas day 18

Many book lovers I know cling on to books like a dragon clings on to gold coins. And dragons love gold coins. 

BooksAndLala on YouTube started off a Book Unhaul Challenge, but I thought I would continue on with the idea but asking a few more questions. I am going to try and get rid of a whole host of books this month, so these questions will be helpful to both me and (hopefully) you! 

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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!

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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I am a rubbish blogger – and that’s okay!

Something I have learnt over the last few months is that I, truly, am an atrocious blogger.

I make memes that I never carry on with. I announce a new schedule that lasts for maybe a couple of months before I get caught up in my daily life. I enthusiastically request books and blog tours that I think I’ll love and the struggle to get them written on time. 

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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 #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.

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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”