NANO You, NANO Me, 1 Month in Counting!

In just a few short weeks it will be the start of National Novel Writing Month (NANO).  Are you ready? I’m there.  I am going to finish my 1st draft this year, this November; the gauntlet is thrown (hopefully it won’t boomerang back at my head!).  This is my first go at NANO and I’m totally pumped.

Many people say that they want to write, but really the satisfaction is to those who finish.  You may have heard of the novel made into a movie, ‘Water for Elephants’ by Sara Gruen – yep NANO.

Alrighty then, what do you need to do, to get your writing on?  And why am I already talking about this in October? Well, for me, I’m getting my butt in gear to mentally prep and plot.  My goal is butt in chair, write and finish this stinking 1st draft that haunts me – recent deadline passed, argh!  I might write before the actual start, hooray me if I get a little ahead, as that doesn’t happen too often.

NANO (www.nanowrimo.org) starts November 1-30 and the challenge is to write your novel and/or complete 50,000 words.  The best part it’s free!  You create an account and connect with a community of like-minded individuals who are working on their stories that have been in progress or those first timers who are taking a dip in the pool to flex their writing muscles.  It’s a great opportunity to meet others and connect.

It’s a built-in deadline and contest for all ages globally, with the prize of self-satisfaction of completing your novel.  It started in 1999 and last year there where over 340,000 participants and over 38,000 winners (i.e., completing the word count goal)! Lots of success to be found, many of these novels found publishers and have been self-published.

Comment below – Will you be joining NANO this year? Have you participated in NANO before, if so what’s your experience? Will you complete your writing goals this year?  I sure hope so, I love to read and it would be a shame not to have your story out there because you didn’t finish it.

In the words of Wayne Gretzky “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

If you enjoyed this blog, please like and share below! Walk the talk, or write as it were.  I’ll see you at NANO 🙂

A Bad Fu€king Word Called Laziness

It’s been awhile since I wrote blog.  I guess you could say I’ve been a little busy with the summer.  Although when a I had a few minutes to get on it, I embodied this catchy tune…

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This has me pondering the term lazy.  Was I really being lazy this summer by not running myself ragged? By taking my moments of relaxation where I could get it?

beats-meYeah, I didn’t really see anything wrong with it.  I mean a person can spend all their time and be just where they were before without any upside.

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There is a lot of TV shows out there that I needed to catch up on – DVR & Netflix, miracle or devil?  New movies to be seen, and we all know summer block busters are an important piece of our US economy and I needed to play my part in helping out.

Then the wake up call…

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Like all wake up calls, it freaking hurt! I’m not kidden, sore muscles for days, literally. All because I hired a trainer to get my fat butt moving, but thats another story…

Okay so now I’m moving and grooving.  My book deadline, what happened to that? Oh right, I took my summer break so it’s time to get my arse in gear. (Yes, love that scottish accent now say it again, arse *shivers up my spine)

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I’m revving up getting back into the saddle by writing my blog and attacking my book that has been ignored for way too long. I felt justified reading this summer in place of my writing because you can’t be a good writer if your not a reader!  If you disagree with that statement, your just lying to yourself, seriously.

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So it’s debatable if my definition of being lazy was truly being lazy, or just a pause in gearing up for my knock it out of the park, last half of the year.  However, I did notice all the bloggers tend to slow it down a little for summer too so I would say I’m in the club.  The best advice comes from a fish…

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Are you all ready to kick it in gear? What are you going to do to keep swimming and stay motivated?

Love to hear from you in the comments below – cuz hell, sometimes I need the advice too!! 🙂