Welp, it happened. This year, I did not win NaNoWriMo. I'm not upset. Well maybe I'm a bit disappointed. But since I've learned from this failure I taking it in stride. Two years ago, when I won NaNoWriMo, I had planned my days. I set up word count rewards to keep me motivated. I even planned out my menu every week. At the time, I had the mindset that I needed to plan for success. Fast forward to this year. I have been writing and working on my novels and other stories. For s
Camp NaNoWriMo went well. In some aspects it was wonderful. First the good news. I finished the first draft for Destiny Taken! I'm so happy. This is a huge accomplishment for me. Now the editing/rewriting begins. So that was the good news. What was the bad news, if there is any? The not so good news is that I didn't hit my writing time goal. I blame that on the fact that I finished my novel and didn't know how to begin editing. I spent the remaining time reading up on editing
***Is it bad that I am recycling a post that I started prior to the April Camp NaNoWriMo event that I ended up not doing? Oh well...here it goes...*** This year, I am better situated for April errrr July's CampNaNoWriMo :-) In April, I had a word count goal. This time around I'm concentrating on how many minutes I write per day. In the last few weeks I've started writing more often. My goal for July is to up the frequency and consistency of my writing. If I want to get all of
Today, I realize I come close to living a double life. By day, I'm an attorney at a non-profit organization fighting for people's rights. At night, I am a writer trying to bust out my first sci-fi romance series. This is freaking exhausting. At work, I put my all into my job. So ny the time I get home I'm tired. But, I bust open my laptop respond to messages and do a few writerly things. Some nights that means adding to a first draft, some nights it's outlining, editing, worl
What inspires me? That is a tough question. What inspires me changes based on the situation. What inspires my books can be anything from a dream (that happens a lot) to a moment in time. Sometimes inspiration is like someone whispering the words to me. Buuuuut that sounds a little crazy so I'll say that some ideas just come to me. My current work in process, Destiny Taken, came to me when I walked outside my apartment and looked up at the sky. There were a bunch of crows flyi
Last year, I learned a lot about the writing process. I made some choices that didn't work out and made some crazy estimates. Then the year ended with some major life changes that required me to put my writing on hold. Now I'm back wiser (I hope) and energized.
As the title says this post is about my writing goals for 2018. Here they are: Destiny Taken: Publish Fall 2018. When I began 2017 I had no idea what it took for a new writer to publish a book. I naively
I've decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. Rather than doing the suggested 50,000 word goal; I decided to double the goal and write 100,000 words. That was going to be daunting enough. I prepared my calendar and attempted to account for the month ahead. Then a couple of unforeseen occurrences piled up just before November 1st. I needed to attend a funeral in the first week of NaNoWriMo. Then, I got a new job. You say great, right? Yes, it is wonderful and I'
It's October and that means time to prepare for NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is stands for Nationan Novel Writing Month. Every November people around the globe attempt to draft a novel in 30 days. The fine people who run NaNoWriMo have suggest that 50,000 should be the goal for the month. Last year, I participated and met that goal!! I was so proud of myself. I had written 50,000 words in one month. At the time, it was more words than I had written for any story idea! The only issue