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Are You Ready to Nano? I'm Not!

I have a list of things I need to get done before NaNoWriMo starts.

I need to finish formatting guest blogs (so I can focus on writing during November)Find a couple more people to fill the 2 remaining dates (Ack!)Settle on which story I'd like to write (Nothing like waiting until the last minute- hey, I'm not the only one who does this)Make Coffee/Tea (as long as it's something hot & caffeinated)Choose character POV (Yes, I've been flip-flopping on this)Wrap all fundraising gifts (So many cool things)List and print labels for said giftsGo to the store (last minute stuff)Consider eating... (Yeah, food might be a good idea)Squirt water gun at the woodpecker if he shows upGive writing buddy catnip and giggle while he gets high.Get off blogger and go do something productive... Looks like I'm doing this one first. Happy writing!


If you've participated in Nanowrimo then you've had to explain what it stands for and, most likely, repeat what you've said. Nano-who-be-whaty?

I smile when I get to educate people about NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. (see what I did there?)

I've wondered about that smile. Why smile when talking about Nano?

Joy. Writing is fun. I love making my characters come alive. Watching other people's excitement as they give birth to their story is awesome.

Community. The Wrimos I've met are awesome. My home region of Dayton is full of generous, helpful (and sexy ;) ) people. Whether we are quietly typing or discussing plot holes, I feel a part of something bigger (Y'all are like a second family). Writers, in general, are friendly creative people who I enjoy getting to know.

Satisfaction. There's a sense of achievement when you reach your goal, either the daily word count of 1,667 or 50k for the month. "I think I can" becomes "I did it!"

What ab…

What's Your Nanowrimo Story?

My story started in 2008 when a friend told me about Nanowrimo for the first time. I had just completed my first manuscript in September. I had confidence I could write 50K words in 30 days.
Nano veterans what's your story? Whether you've only participated one year or ten everyone has a story. I'm looking for short but encouraging Nano stories to post during Nanowrimo 2016.
Last year, I posted funny and encouraging memes, tips, word calendars and writing challenges, several grammar, adjective and synonym charts.
This year I'd like to change it up. I want to share other peoples experiences and excitement about Nano. How did you hear about Nano and what has it done for your writing career? I need thirty pithy stories. If interested please shoot me an email at or send nano mail to RochelleBradley (one word). You can also leave contact info in the comments below. Thank you.

National Novel Writing Month 2016

With November being National Novel Writing Month or Nanowrimo, I've been considering what story to write this year. I have several swirling around in my mind. Two in particular I think about when I go to bed at night. I also need to finish the third in the Fortuna Texas series.

I chose The Companion. A few years ago, I had a dream about a woman seeking solace who ends up stuck in a trying situation. 

Here is a short synopsis:
All Vanessa Warshaw wanted was to be alone, instead she ended up shackled to a man for twenty-four hours.

As the oldest, her father constantly paraded men in front of her hoping she'd pick one so he could have a son-in-law to run the family business. Who had time for men when she was married to a multi-million dollar company that depended on her? At least, her identical sister weeded out the bad seeds by sleeping with them. Too bad it turned out to be all of them.

When her father hires a man to seduce her and bring her home, she must rely on a stranger…