& Now I Want A Cookie

I have uploaded a cover – b/c the NaNo statistics show that uploading a cover makes you 66% more likely to finish your novel, and so my abysmal word count is now subsequently forced to rise, right?

Admit it - now you're craving a cookie

Admit it – now you’re craving a cookie

Oh, also – my cover isn’t really very related to the novel, just to the scene I just wrote.

Oh, also – that’s not really my title.

Um, yeah.

The Blank Paper is Winning

fuck the paper

Day 12 of NaNo, and I have an embarrassingly small # of words. Which is actually fine – I’m really busy, and if I failed my tax quiz so that I could achieve a specific, round # of words by the end of the month, that would be horrible (and I would lose the job offer I recently accepted and would have to spend another winter in Michigan, which would probably literally kill me, to be honest).

Still, I hate to fail, even at arbitrary tasks that I have assigned to myself.

I really want to get to a point where I can at least see where this story is going. I kind of know where I want it to go, but it’s also taking me to unexpected places – which is awesome, because that’s exactly what you want it to do, both for you and your reader.

Anyway, I’m going to keep working. There were also a few days when I didn’t write anything, which for some reason, has failed to increase my word count (sarcasm intended). BUT I am writing more than I would otherwise, which is good. Because school is very busy, and I could literally divide all of my time between school, work, and housework – but that would make me a very dull girl. And we all know what happened to Jack (unless you both read the book & watched the Kubrick movie, in which case, what happened to Jack is very debatable).

How is everyone else’s project going?

NaNoWriMo: A Day Late & Low Word Count In

So, I didn’t write anything yesterday. But that’s okay. If I can “win” NaNo, that’s awesome, and I will probably add a bullet point to my resume, but I am really striving to find balance every day, so I’m not going to beat myself up if a “win” doesn’t occur. I’m winning by writing. (Also, I need to make time for my kid and my grad school reading/schoolwork/etc.)


Anyway, let’s talk writing.

One of the big things I always struggle with, is what to name my characters. I now realize that there is an entire NaNo forum dedicated to what to name things, but, in addition to that resource, I generally find myself using baby name sites. A resource I have used this year is the 25 best-loved baby names. This site is particularly helpful, because I knew that I wanted some popular names for a couple of my characters, due to the nature of those characters.

I hope everyone else’s first 2 days of NaNo went relatively well! Please, share your favorite writing resource in the comments below:

Please to comment below.

Please to comment below.


A novel is nothing without conflict.

ef4e4a916adadc65030ecea34441c199So if you’re getting bored or lost during NaNo, perhaps think about what conflict your novel is currently centered around. Maybe it’s the wrong one. Maybe it’s not in there yet.

& I feel it is often said to kill off a character, if you’re stuck, although I don’t know if that advice is good or bad.

Share your favorite conflict story in the comments! Let’s get motivated.

Setting Yourself Up to Win: Notebook in October, Novel in November?

london - notebook

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have no clue what I plan to write about in November. There are always ideas swirling in my head, but I probably don’t have the time to outline before November 1st, so I plan to kind of fly by the seat of my pants.

fly by seat of pants

I feel that the best way for me to approach November might be to observe the world around me, jot down thoughts in my notebook, and when November hits, figure out what coalesces in my mind, based on what has tickled my fancy during October.

How about you guys? How are you preparing for the month of little sleep & bleeding creativity out onto a Word document?


THIS is why you’re contemplating participating in NaNoWriMo:


Even contemplating participating in the insanity that involves writing 1,667 words every day immediately after you’re done being scared by Halloween, and thus, in the midst of the holiday season, is a big task.

Writing a novel is a lot of work. It is not advisable to sugar coat the endeavor; you sit in a chair, with your real-life experiences and/or your imagination, and try not to focus on the blinking cursor (b/c that shit can be mesmerizing, which probably won’t help with the dilemma of writer’s block). Writing is work, and only the most persistent finish their works, and if they want, get published.

But if you’re contemplating participating in National Novel Writing Month, you should probably do it. Take the jump, giving yourself the chance of a great reward by leaping into a large risk. If you’re thinking of writing 1,667 words or more every day in November, there is a story inside of you that you want to get out. And if you don’t do it in November, when will you do it?

I think I’m going to try to post something writing related and/or inspirational throughout October, to help remind myself why I want to participate in NaNoWriMo, to stoke myself up for the process (b/c you’re more likely to achieve your goals if those goals are materialized in your mind), and to provide a place to turn to when I begin to feel lost in November.

Writing novels is hard, but we can do this. In the spirit of pending commiseration, what is your favorite piece of writing advice?

NaNo, Write Mo’

In the midst of my master’s program, which is challenging and wonderful, but which I need to balance a bit more. For the next few weeks, I’m going to be focusing my energy on working exercise into my life.

In November, the plan is to work writing in. I’ve been writing a little bit now, but I want to make sure that I don’t let business classes overtake my life, and so I have committed to NaNoWriMo to help me remain committed to keeping a little bit of literary style in my life, which helps keep me balanced.

So, for those who are WriMo’ing this No, feel free to friend me; my name is WritingMom2013. I will certainly need some encouragement, and am happy to return the favor.

Friend Me!

Friend Me!