Monday, November 25, 2019

NaNoWriMo Monday - Don't Give Up! (I won't!)

Happy Monday Everyone – Yes I am WAY Behind

This month is National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo! While NaNoWriMo is not for everyone, the novel-writing challenge is a terrific time to get organized and do some serious puking.  

This past week was challenging to say the least. While I accomplished a whole bunch of awesome stuff my NaNoWriMo challenge was not included in the mix.  I wrote thousands of words in my head, but none of them reached the laptop.  I am not giving up.  I still have 5 days to complete my goal-- yes, this amounts to 10K a day give or take but I can do it. 

Determination is key and so is making every moment count. This mean scheduling and making it happen.  Truth is, folks, life happens. Babies are born, children get sick, and unexpected need this now projects arise however, if you are committed to your goal whatever it may be you will make it work.

Ways to catch up –

Sprints – Set your clock for 10, 20 or 30 minutes and dump, write like the wind

Utilize all tools – dictate into our phone in the car, in the middle of the night, while you are waiting in line –people may think you have lost your marbles but who cares?

Old fashioned- Write on a napkin, write on your hand, write on the back of a place mat, carry a notebook in your pocket or purse.


Stay focused and determined and you will prevail.
Remember, NaNoWriMo is not just about the word count is about testing your limits and seeing what you can accomplish. Learn from the experience.          

If you chose to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to send me a buddy request. I would love to see how you are progressing and be your cheerleader! Here is my information. I will be updating my progress every Monday!

Hope to see you there and good luck, Warriors!

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Monday, November 18, 2019

NaNoWriMo Monday - The Keys to Success ~ Outline, Write, Edit, Repeat ~ November 18th 2019 (WC 9593)

This month is National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo! While NaNoWriMo is not for everyone, the novel-writing challenge is a terrific time to get organized and do some serious puking.   When I say puking, I mean words, plot, and character exploration.  The whole point of NaNoWriMo is to stop the excuses and write. Even if you don’t have the plot or characters figured out just yet, go ahead and start writing.  As the brilliant Margaret Atwood said, ~ the best way to learn how to write fiction is to write fiction. ~ Truer words have never spoken.

I am participating in NaNoWriMo this year. My current project is entitled Stupid Car, and I’m at 9,593 words (as of 11/18/19).  According to the NaNoWriMo site, I will be finished on Jan 31st, 2020! Yes, I’m a little behind, but I plan on making up the difference and hitting my 50K goal on November 30th as planned. 
UPDATE - The plan is to push out 10K a day and finish this book. There is honestly so much going on right now personally, and professionally I need to get it done. There are many advantages to typing The End or in some cases, To Be Continued…  One of them being, you can move on to the next project. 

Author Bob Mayer has a great system in place for moving through his projects. He is Outlining Book A, Writing Book B, and editing Book C-- all at the same time. He times them together so when one moves forward, they all move forward. This takes discipline, balance, and scheduling.  He is my personal writing icon as he, in my opinion, has a great working system I would love to emulate.  In the spirit of Bob’s system, I am writing Stupid Car, editing the Prophet and the Snow Angel, and, I am outlining Finders 2.

I have the plan, now I just need the drive and the discipline to make it happen. What is going on in your world? Have you met the 50K goal yet?  What happens once you cross the finish line?  If you would like to learn more about  Bob Mayer, check out his books, one, in particular, is  The Novel Writers Toolkit – From Idea to Best Seller.                                                                                                                                          
If you choose to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to send me a buddy request. I would love to see how you are progressing and be your cheerleader! Here is my information. I will be updating my progress every Monday!

Hope to see you there and good luck, Warriors!

I love to hear your feedback! Leave a comment and let me know what you think and if the post was helpful! If you want more information, or assistance shoot me an email at writingwarriorsunited@gmail.com or ping me on Twitter @AmyJRomine.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

NaNoWriMo Monday!

This month is National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo! While NaNoWriMo is not for everyone, the novel-writing challenge is a terrific time to get organized and do some serious puking.   When I say puking, I mean words, plot, and character exploration.  The whole point of NaNoWriMo is to stop the excuses and write. Even if you don’t have the plot or characters figured out just yet, go ahead and start writing.  As the brilliant Margaret Atwood said, ~  the best way to learn how to write fiction is to write fiction. ~ Truer words have never spoken.

I am participating in NaNoWriMo this year. My current project is entitled Stupid Car, and I’m at 6,608 words (as of 11/11/19).  According to the NaNoWriMo site, I will be finished on Jan 22nd, 2020! Yes, I’m a little behind, but I plan on making up the difference and hitting my 50K goal on November 30th as planned. 

Of course, I may need to cancel Thanksgiving, but hey, it is just-food. The kids won’t care. (NOT!) Which brings me to my next point. There are two schools of thought when it comes to this event. Yes, it forces participants to hold themselves accountable and publicly expose their awesomeness or lacking. The NaNoWriMo Challenge can be cathartic and eye-opening.  Writers tend to get on board, get in their word counts, or give up. The other line of thought is every month should be treated like NaNoWriMo, and only amateurs participate. Not true (case in point).

My opinion, as irrelevant as it may be, is we all need a mix of both-- a swirling latte double-shot of both ideas. NaNoWriMo can be a jumpstart to a new project, the umph we need to go headlong, push through the defense and head for the endzone. No matter what. To prove to ourselves, we can do it. What we do with that information is the important part. Something I always tell my kids is I can only ask them to do their best. Whatever happens, whatever grade they get, whatever goal they do or do not meet, it is a learning experience, and to grow, we need to take the knowledge, put it in our pocket, adjust and move forward.
One of the wonderful things about NaNoWriMo is the tools available on the site. Like tracking when you are most productive. When are you at your writing best or worst? Do you write better freehand or on your laptop? Can you rearrange your schedule to push out those extra thousand or even two-thousand words a day if you need to?

All that said, I’m in it for the experience and the personal challenge? Can I do it? I wrote a 10K novel in a weekend. Certainly, I can push out a 50K novel in a month. Right?

If you choose to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to send me a buddy request. I would love to see how you are progressing and be your cheerleader! Here is my information. I will be updating my progress every Monday!


Hope to see you there and good luck, Warriors!





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