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!

News From Susan


I thought it was about time I posted something on the site and it’s going to be a little of this and a little of that.

Coaching and Mentoring Service
First piece of business, my coaching and mentoring service is now up and running. If you’re struggling to get started on writing a novel or have one that keeps getting rejected, I’d love to help you get back on track. I offer critiques on synopsis, partial and full manuscripts, even short stories and articles if you’re a non-fiction writer. I also offer one on one coaching and mentoring via Skype or e-mail. You can reach me at susanpalm2010@gmail.com.

Newsletter
I also have a newsletter that you can sign up for on the landing page of the site. Each month you’ll find tips on writing, my teaching schedule, and discounts/specials for my critiquing service.

New Gig
I have a new gig over at Coffeetime Romance. www.coffeetimeromance.com. It’s called The Writer’s Room and on the first Friday of each month I’ll be posting an article about some aspect of writing.

Skillshare
Not really writing related but I created two new classes over at Skillshare. One focuses on public relations…many of you know I worked in PR and was publicist before I became a writer.
The other class of focuses on time management and productivity.
Here are links to both of them…and I will be creating more writing classes there very soon!
http://skl.sh/2eVnsMV
http://skl.sh/2xYuvfc

Great Site for Authors
Many years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing mystery/suspense author Hank Phillippi Ryan and I love receiving her newsletter with all her latest news. I was happy to see she and some other authors have created a site with lots of great information for authors so be sure to check it out-
https://careerauthors.com/

And finally…
One of my students is part of a critique group which is for published women writers and they’re currently looking for new members so if you’re published and been looking to get some feedback on your work, check out this link and contact Joyce.
http://joycefinn.com/html/wac.html

Happy writing.

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.