Tis The Season

It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not referring to PSL season (or really, pumpkin spice anything and everything season. It’s actually gotten a bit out of control IMO). And no, I’m not referring to the pre-pre-Christmas nonsense (why am I already seeing Christmas things in the stores?).

Tis the NaNoWriMo Prep Season! It’s the season to get ready to write like mad!


October traditionally is NaNoWriMo prep month. For those who are planners, they take the month of October to at least develop an outline, if not more.

Honestly, I really have no idea what planners do other than do some sort of “plan” for their writing. Because I, on the other hand, am a pantster. (A pantster is someone who writes from the seat of their pants starting on November 1).

This is my 8th NaNoWriMo. And I’ve never once planned any of my writing. In fact, some years, I don’t even know what I’m going to be writing. Not an iota of an idea. Instead, my prep consists of getting my writing playlist just right. In fact, I usually have more that one playlist. A classic one, an upbeat one, a sad song one. Basically, enough playlists to fit almost any mood.

That’s one of the great things about NaNo—there’s no one way to write . . . or prep.

The other great thing is you don’t have to write the “next great American novel.” You just write. And your writing can be just for you. For me, writing is therapeutic, cathartic even.

Although I have to honestly admit, I have been “prepping” in a way. I’ve been writing a couple pages every day in my journal. I’m not writing anything that I’ll use in November. But just the act of writing every day is prep. Getting back into the habit of writing a little bit every day.

One thing I haven’t decided is whether I’m going to type (like I did in 2013) or handwrite (like I did last year). There was something very satisfying about using pen and paper last year even though there were days my hand felt like it would fall off. Or at least be permanently crippled like the day I wrote 5,468 words.

That’s a lot of words.

That’s also a lot of counting (which is the big downside to writing by hand).


But I digress.

So, who’s going to grab the writer badge & join me on November 1?

The goal: 50,000 words by November 30 (~1,167 words per day).

Totally doable.

Let’s get writing!

Post-November Updates

Wow. Has this year flown by or what?! Here we are already a week into December and since I was writing furiously last month, I’ve been lax on posting. So let’s catch up on what’s been happening. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo 2017: The Midway Point

Today marks the middle of NaNoWriMo 2017. We have survived the first 15 days. But I still have over 25,000 words to write in the next 15 days to reach 50,000 and the end of NaNoWriMo 2017.

At this point, it’s easy to be fatigued. To wonder how can I possibly survive these next 15 days. To worry that I’ll never reach 50,000 words. To feel that everything I’ve written is just awful.

Is anyone else feeling something like that?

Well, my advice to surviving these next 15 days is to be like Doryjust keep swimming.  Continue reading

NaNoWriMo 2017: The First Week

The first week of NaNoWriMo is mostly fun with a side of anxious. Fresh ideas abound even if you secretly worry about hitting 50,000 words by the end of the month. And with the excitement of getting the words on the page, hitting the 1,667 daily word goal seems fairly easy at this point.

I usually have my best writing days during the first week. Continue reading

Gearing up for NaNoWriMo: Holy Fish Nuggets, it’s November 1st!

For me, fall is all about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), with the prep happening in October (and even earlier for those super planners) and the writing occurring in November.

Yesterday I wrote about the three types of NaNoWriMo writers—planners, pantser, and plantsers. Where planners and plantsers spend the month of October prepping for November. And pantser spend October thinking they have plenty of time before November 1 and then panic on the actual day.

Despite my wishful thinking and good intentions, I remain a pantser.
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Pumpkin Spice, Ghosts, & Novel Writing

It’s that time of year.

No, I’m not talking about PSL* time at Starbucks . . . and every other place that sells coffee or pastries or really any food product that pumpkin flavor can be added. (Really, Trader Joe’s, pumpkin flavored tortilla chips?) The pumpkin spice craze has gone a bit too far IMO, but I digress.

And no, it’s not that fall has arrived. Or that it’s the season of all things paranormal with Halloween right around the corner. Or that it’s the start of the countdown to the Christmas holidays.

Nope. It’s NaNoWriMo Time!  Continue reading