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New Website, Blog and Gearing Up For NaNoWriMo

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Hey everyone!
I have a new website. You have visit it by clicking the link www.RochelleBradley.com. It has all my author information like...soon to be released books. Yes, that's a thing. It will be happening this year. Stay tuned for the preorder.

My new blog can be found here BLOG. National Novel Writing Month is coming in November. This year I will be posting daily visual writing prompts along with encouraging words. Hope you'll join Wrimos world wide as we write fifty thousand words in thirty days. You'll find the details on the Nanowrimo site. Check my blog daily during the month of November to help you get word count.

Thanks for checking in. Happy Writing!
Rochelle Bradley

Congratulations Dayton Ohio Wrimos!

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Dayton out wrote the Cincinnati region in our first ever regional word war. Congratulations are in order to both groups for writing over 16 million words combined. That is an incredible feat!

Dayton also out donated the Cincy group by $55.00. Great competition between the neighboring regions. Dayton is looking forward to some kind of ode, poem or other creative work dedicated to Tippy the three legged cat (Dayton's lovable mascot). Happy writing Cincinnati and congrats again to Dayton!

NaNoWriMo Is Over: Finish That Novel!

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Some people will breathe easier and some will go through withdraw. My after-Nano plans are simple: finish The Companion. I'm about 75%-80% done. I should be able to accomplish this in a relatively short time now that my characters are speaking to me.

This story is based on a dream I had years ago. I actually wrote an outline (of the dream), character list and four chapters of the story. Even with this preparation and thinking about the dream weekly, when I sat to write I didn't feel it.
I believed my characters were being stubborn. I didn't feel the chemistry between them. The switch from third to first perspective threw me, computer problems frustrated me, family and ML duties pulled my focus away. I shouldn't have blamed my characters they'd been speaking to me from the beginning. Vanessa Warsaw tells us: 

I had to get away. So I left. I quit my job and ran away from my family. I loved the job but my family…

This is how she started her story and everything is how …

Jumping In With Both Feet Without Really Looking: Just Like My First Quilt

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In 2002 my maternal grandmother passed away suddenly and as the only woman in my family without a sewing machine, it was decided that I should have hers. I had never really used a sewing machine but accepted it as a material connection to a woman I admire and miss daily. A few days after receiving the machine I just up and decided to make a signature quilt for my mom’s upcoming 50th birthday. Did I mention that I had never so much as threaded a sewing machine, had no idea how to make a quilt, and her birthday was less than six months away? Yeah, that’s how I do. There is something about crafty things – I jump in with both feet without really looking. It’s also how I have amassed a large collection of hobbies and crafts!
And that is how I’ve come to NaNoWriMo.
I have no plan, except I will write 1667 words per day for the month of November, am committed to attending at least one write-in per week (Please say hi if you see me at one!), and will do most of my writing under the watchful ey…

NaNoWriMo - It's My Thing!

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In mid October, fellow ML Styrch and I gave a Nanoprep mini-seminar for the Antioch Writer's Workshop. The week leading up to it, I became nervous. I hadn't stood in front of a group and made a speech since speech class in college- and that was about bra types (fun class and I got an A). The night before the seminar I verbalized these concerns to my husband. "Why are you worried? This is your thing." That simple statement bolstered my confidence.

He's right. NaNoWriMo is my thing.

My NaNoWriMo story began in 2008 when I was first introduced to it by a friend. I love the challenge of nano. The first few years I remained isolated and didn't attend any functions. Oh, how that has changed. Now I plan the write-ins and parties. This will be my ninth year participating and my second year as a municipal liaison. I've also participated in several camps.

Through NaNo, I've defined my genre. Alone, I couldn't decide if my stories were chic-lit or paranorma…

Failing NaNo Isn’t the End

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I’ve known about NaNoWriMo for awhile now. Maybe ten years. Maybe less. I signed up for an account six years ago, but I never participated until last year. I thought maybe I was finally ready. I’ve written two novels. I have a collection of short stories I’ve written. I know what it takes to complete a novel and I wanted to finish my current WIP, so I thought NaNoWriMo would be the perfect opportunity to do so.
I started out strong. But I failed. I failed hard.
I don’t remember how many words I ended up with last year. All I know is that failing NaNo stung a lot more than I thought it would.
And yeah. You’re going to feel bummed if you do fail. But you’re starting a novel. Do you know how many people want to be an author? Some statistics say up to 90% of Americans want to write a novel. But how many actually do? And you, fellow WriMo, are one of the few who did pick up a pen (or open up a word processor) and you started writing.
Failing NaNoWriMo shouldn’t discourage you. It should em…

The Awesome-ist Trip You’ll Ever Take (because making up words is okay during NaNo)

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Official NaNo name/region: bhoney, Dayton Title of 2016 NaNo project and genre: Breakout, YA horror How many years have you participated? I have done NaNo 5 times and Camp NaNo 8 times. How did you find out about writing for NaNo? I’d heard other writers talking about NaNo, but didn’t really know what it was. I finally decided to look it up and see what all the fuss was about and knew I had to give it a try. Of course, that was like 2 days before NaNo started so I didn’t have much time to prepare, but I decided just to dive in and hope for the best! LOL
I get asked a lot what advice I would give aspiring writers. My biggest advice is to find out what method works for you, whether you’re a plotter (someone who outlines and plans it all out before starting) or a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of their pants and discovers what’s going to happen as it goes) or a mixture of the two. Either way, I find the most motivating thing for actually finishing a project—whether it’s flash fictio…