Category: NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Alternatives

NaNoWriMo Alternatives

I’ve been participating in National Novel Writing Month since 2014, and I think the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days is a great tool to get people writing and foster community among writers and just overall encourage authors. Lately, however, the NaNoWriMo organization has been making a lot of decisions based on politics, and they’re decisions that I personally think are detrimental to the encouragement of community that is central to what NaNoWriMo has to offer. You’re welcome to agree or disagree with me on that, and through this post I do not mean to advocate for leaving the NaNoWriMo organization or suggest that it’s the best option—I haven’t even decided for myself yet whether I’m staying or leaving. This is simply intended to be a gathering of resources in case anyone has seen NaNoWriMo’s recent changes as deal-breakers, or to provide additional resources for those who are sticking around but maybe want additional tools. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Alternatives”

Preptober Prompts Announcement!

Preptober Prompts Announcement!

Two years ago I started an event called Preptober Prompts to get people excited and thinking about their NaNoWriMo novels for the month of October (also known, in writer circles, as Preptober). And we’re approaching that time of year again!

Here’s how the event works. The prompts are centered around a theme (“change,” this year), and each week features a different category of prompts: worldbuilding prompts, character prompts, plot prompts, and flash fiction prompts. In addition, each week is hosted by a different blogger. I’m super happy to announce this year’s co-hosts! Continue reading “Preptober Prompts Announcement!”

Know the Novel Part 3 – It Is Written

Know the Novel Part 3 – It Is Written

Hi. I’m not dead. I’m sorry for (once again) falling off the face of the earth; I should be around much more consistently as we head into the new year and I get back on top of… all the things. For now, here’s a link-up to conclude my series on Calligraphy Guild. (If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you can find them at those links there.)

1. Firstly, how did writing this novel go all around?

Pretty well! I was able to get down the basics of the characters and their relationships, the bare bones of the plot are there, there are some cool descriptions I can build off of… Overall, it’s Continue reading “Know the Novel Part 3 – It Is Written”

NaNoWriMo Week 3 Check-In

NaNoWriMo Week 3 Check-In

Yes, this is late. Life has been craaaaazy, and I’ve burnt out a little. :P But better late than never, right?

Can you believe there’s less than a week left in November? Anyone else feel like the month just flew by?

Current total word count: 30,693 (why yes, Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Week 3 Check-In”