NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part One)

To reach the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) goal of 50,000 words, the organization suggests writing 1,667 words a day. Writing 1,667 isn’t tough; it only involves about an hour or two of time to write that much. Despite the ease of that daily word count, however, I find myself struggling with the challenge. My problem with keeping up with the NaNoWriMo challenge is not the word count itself, but that 30 days is not a realistic time period for that goal. Simply put, I do not have time to write every day…and so I fall behind. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part One)”

Tips for a Happy NaNoWriMo

You’ve decided to participate in Nano. Great! What’s the first step, you ask? Sign up online here. No, really, I’ll wait. Now that you’ve done that, I’m sure you’re asking why. Because the people who signed up on the website will be a big part of your cheering section. Once, or twice a week, a different published author will post a pep talk, all of which are stored in the archive: Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, Diana Gabaldon, James Patterson, and Maggie Steifvater, to name just a few. If you have friends who are also participating in Nano, you can Friend them on the webpage, and cheer them on, challenge them to writing sprints (set a time to write and see who writes the most during the time allotted). The local group also hosts Write-Ins during NaNo (and throughout the year), and are very welcoming. And, if you are so inclined they have t-shirts, postcards, coffee mugs, and other assorted items to show the world that you write.

Advice for Beginning Writers

So, you have a great idea, and now you want to put it on paper. What’s next? NaNoWriMo. November is National Novel Writing Month, the month when everywhere around the nation aspiring authors try to put their great idea to paper. Thirty days, 50,000 words, and a nation of writers cheering you on, giving you good advice, and sometimes sitting near you trying to get their own 50,000 words down on paper. My first piece of advice to you is: don’t worry if it is any good or even grammatical. That’s what editing is for. Just put it on paper. You can edit garbage, you can’t edit nothing.

The Chesapeake Public Library is hosting Write-ins around the city during the month of November. We offer support, we offer encouragement, and we offer a quiet room where you can get away from the stress of life and just work on getting those 50,000 words written. Want to try? Our write in schedule is:
GR Saturday 11/4 3-4:45
CC Monday 11/6 6:00– 8:00
CL Tuesday 11/7 6:00-7:30
RM Wed. 11/8 6:00-7:30
GR Thursday 11/9 6-7:45
SN Monday 11/13 6-7:30
CL Tuesday 11/14 6-7:30
IR Wednesday 11/15 6-7:30
GR Thursday 11/16 6-7:45
CC Sat. 11/18 10:00-2:00
GR Sunday 11/19 3-4:45
CL Tuesday 11/21 6-7:30
CL Tuesday 11/28 6-7:30
RM Wed. 11/29 5:30-7:30

Leave a comment if you’re planning to participate. Good Luck and Happy Writing!

Read Local 3: Coming Soon

Attention all future bestsellers. Come scope out new reads, score writing tips and network with our region’s local writing talent. Published authors will be on hand to discuss their work and writing process, sell and autograph books, and speak with any budding author who needs that spark of confidence.

When: Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Where: Chesapeake Central Library  |   298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Information: Call 757.410.7147 for additional details or directions.

Preparing for NaNoWriMo

It’s October, and that means my zero prep work for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is feeling some pressure. For years I’ve desired to write a book. I don’t necessarily want to do it to publish; I just want to say I wrote a book! I finally think I am ready to take the plunge. Go big or go home, right? If I am going to try NaNoWriMo, however, I’m the type of person who needs to prep first.

That brings me to now. It’s October, and though I’ve set my mind to writing 50,000 words next month, I’ve done nothing to make that a reasonable goal. I have a basic/brief plot idea; I came up with it when assigned to write the first chapter of a book in a university creative writing class. Since then I’ve written a few more brief scenes, and pondered some character names, but that is it. Continue reading “Preparing for NaNoWriMo”