Friday, October 30, 2015

NaNoWriMo Calendars

With National Novel Writing Month just hours away I wanted to get the calendars out so you'd know what was out there available to you. If you search google for "NaNoWriMo calendar" you should find all sorts of them. Here are a couple.

This Doctor Who shows daily word count amounts if you write 1,667 words a day.
This fall themed calendar has daily word count also but it has writing encouragement and prompts as well. Day 1: Get off to a good start by doubling your word count today. Day 23: Plant the knife that will be used to kill that guy later. Day 13: TGIF Catch up or get ahead!
You can also insert word count widgets into blogs, webpages etc. directly form the NaNo site. Check out:
Happy writing! See you in November!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

10 Things NaNoWriMo Taught Me

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and for the past seven years I have undertaken a personal challenge; writing 50k words in 30 days. I have met and won this challenge every time (sometimes by the skin of my teeth). I learned about Nano fall 2008 from a friend (right after hurricane Ick, I mean, Ike)Seven of my ten novels have sprung from the hectic month of November; they include contemporary western romance, an epic fantasy, the paranormal and thriller genres. Throughout the years, my nano experience has grown. Here are some tidbits of wisdom:
  1. Plan Ahead: Make a detailed (or not so detailed) outline before starting Nano. I pulled a few pictures off the internet for character references and I've only written two sentences of my story. No outline, just a general plot in my head: girl meets guy, crap happens, they fall for each other, more crap, then HEA (that romance writer talk for: happily ever after). Buy coffee, wine and/or other snacks and drinks. Clear your calendar...Except for write-ins, of course.
  2. Coffee: It helps to set aside time each day to write. Even a paragraph or two is better than nothing. Last year I spent nearly every November weekday morning (before work) in My Favorite Muffin getting a caffeine fix. The employees got to know me by name and asked how the story was coming.
  3. One Good Day: In order to make the 50k by November 30th you need to average 1,667 words a day. I was behind from the beginning. All it took was one really good writing day to make up the difference and keep me motivated to finish strong. That day was November 17th; I was able to write over 5k that day.
  4. Writing Buddy Connections: Last year I connected with fellow Writers and we converged on Boston Stoker and Panera and hung out in Dorothy Lane Market (Springboro) on the loft. Okay, I admit, at the first "write in" I actually talked way more than I wrote but it was great to meet fellow writers and throw ideas out there. This year we've already had one night of prep. Veteran Wrimos helped to answer questions. We discussed scenarios and plot, genres and names. Overall, a great time to get to know other writers before Nano starts.
  5. Supportive Family: My family is the best! When it comes to Novemeber they know (after seven years) all my spare time is spent sequestered away trying to make the daily goal. And they still love me!
  6. Don't Drop the Netbook! Always a plus. But if you are like me and trip over chords that pull lightweight items off tables make sure you...
  7. Back Up All Work (preferably before dropping the netbook): Two years ago I was twenty days in when disaster struck. I thought the netbook was toast and all that time spent birthing the novel was in vain. You tend to think the worst when the screen is cracked, things are rattling around inside and the thing won't reboot. The netbook survived (the battery needed to be snapped back in. Go figure. BTW I did a happy dance.) Anyhoo, that was the long way of saying: back up your work. Save it somewhere.
  8. Switch Perspectives: Sometimes while writing, things don't flow so well from brain to keyboard. Switching perspectives, whether your character's or your friends', helps to keep ideas fresh.
  9. Don't give up: 50k words in 30 days is high pressure and a challenge but it is doable. A little here and a little there really does add up. Never give up!
  10. Keep Writing: After November every year a group of us continue to meet for "write ins". Sometimes I don't feel like writing after 30 days of "literary abandon" but the story usually isn't complete and needs finishing.
November 2015 is only days away. Join me and the world wide movement of writers known as NaNoWriMo. It's a fun way to get the stories out of your head and meet others doing the same.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Here's to You!

November is almost here. Are you ready? Have you plotted and planned or are you just winging it? I have a basic outline with specific scenes but I'm open to my characters taking over from time to time. I look forward to meeting new writers and seeing what both veteran and newbie Wrimos are writing.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Here's the countdown to start writing. Count Down

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Daily Snippets

I'll writing daily encouraging snippets during November. I hope you'll stop by and be inspired and, maybe, laugh.

November is National Novel Writing Month and if you've always wanted to get that story out of your head I dare you to join writers from across the globe as we buckle down and write. Check it out at It's a challenging, but doable, goal.

If you're already apart of Nanowrimo add me as a buddy: RochelleBradley (one word). I'd love to connect.

Check back regularly for humorous, sometimes genre specific, motivation.