NaNoWriMo-Keep On Writing

NaNoWriMo is now in full swing. Are you taking part? If so, how are you doing?

I’ve taken the NaNoWriMo challenge a couple of times and happy to say I reached my goal…well, sort of and here’s a tip for you.

Don’t feel compelled to write all 50,000 words for the same story. One year I wrote a good chunk of three stories in my Western trilogy, Big Sky Cowboys. When I got stuck and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to write next in the storyline, I switched to another book and so on and back and forth.
By the time December 1st rolled around I had almost three stories in various stages of completion. One was almost 100 percent done, one about 75 percent and the other about 25% completed.
No, it’s not technically cheating because the goal is to reach 50,000 words and to teach you about keeping to a writing schedule and hopefully writing every day.

Yes, bottom line is that’s the one and only way you’re ever going to get a book finished and published.
Published writers aren’t any better writers they just stuck with it and crossed the finish line and you can do the same.

I’d love to help you along during this NaNoWriMo so drop me a line or leave a comment with anything you’re struggling with. If it’s a common problem I’ll even write a post about it.

And shameless self promoting plug here…I have a class on the topic over at Skillshare so I hope you’ll check it out.

Happy writing…yes, you can do it!

First Drafts Are No Place for Perfection

NaNoWriMo is fast approaching and many of us will be sitting down to attempt no small feat. We’ll be writing a first draft for a story that will eventually become a perfect manuscript.

And note I’ve placed the word eventually in italics.

First drafts are rough drafts, sometimes very rough drafts. Many of mine have no resemblance to the stories they became. Plots got changed, characters who didn’t have a POV got granted a voice, and locations even changed.

What can stop you from writing and meeting your writing goals is trying to write a perfect first draft. There’s no such thing (well only for the lucky few).

When you tackle NaNoWriMo or sit down to write any day of the year, don’t be a perfectionist, be a writer and accept the only way to get a story written, finished, and maybe even published, is to get those words on the screen or paper.

Don’t worry about finding the perfect names for your characters, coming up with natural sounding dialogue. Don’t obsess over your spelling or grammar.

Write your story and then use your second, third or even fourth draft to make it perfect and ready to submit.

Want to Self Publish or Taking the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

Are you thinking about self publishing your book but not sure where to start or even if it’s for you?

Or are you taking this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge and want to get in tip top writing shape before November 1st rolls around?

I’m teaching a workshop on each topic and they both start on October 1st.

Here are the links if you’d like more info or want to register-

Online Workshops

Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month

Old vintage typewriter, close-up.

Are you taking part in this year’s National Novel Writing Month or just itching to write a novel in just 30 days?

Do you want to learn twenty easy to follow tips to help you reach that goal?

Last week I began teaching on a new to me platform called Skillshare. You have to be a member and once you are you can access all the classes they offer including yours truly’s.

They usually have a deal where you can test drive membership for 99 cents for 3 months so if you’re interested in hearing about those twenty tips, here’s the link-

https://www.skillshare.com/classes/writing/20-Tips-to-help-You-Write-a-Novel-in-30-Days-AKA-How-To-Win-the-NaNoWriMo-Challenge

I’ll be adding lots more classes there in the coming months…and other platforms too so stay tuned.