The Most Overlooked Part of NaNoPrep (Which Could Actually Save Your NaNoWriMo)

Katharine Marie:

This is a great thing to remember, even when Nano isn’t in session!

Originally posted on The Sprint Shack:

What’s the most overlooked and under-appreciated part of preparing for NaNoWriMo? Straightening out your plot? Interviewing your characters? Stocking the cupboards with biscuits and several tonnes of tea?

Nope. It’s preparing your writing time for the long 50k slog.

It’s easy to get caught up in novel prep and that’s completely understandable–you’ll be spending 30 days living and breathing your story, after all–but don’t let it eclipse other important aspects of NaNoPrep, like planning out exactly when you’ll be writing this November.

Here are five easy steps to figuring out the ‘when’, the ‘where’ and the ‘how much’ of NaNoWriMo writing time.

How Much Time Do You Need?

How long does it take you, on average, to write 1667 words? Two hours? Three? More? Try a few practice runs in these last few days before November starts to get a feel for how much time you’ll need to dedicate to writing…

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I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

~ Jimmy Dean



In the best interest of this blog, I decided a week ago to join in on the fun of Blogging 201, hosted by The Daily Post. The assignments began on Sunday and the first one had to do with making goals about what I want to accomplish with this blog.  It took some thinking, on my part, but I finally came up with three goals to focus on. By putting them up here for you all to see, its a way of holding myself accountable.

  • Reach 100 followers on both WordPress and Facebook by the end of 2014.
  • By October 31st, have an editorial and social media calender for November/December.
  • Leave at least 1 comment on another blog post every day.

All do-able goals that will contribute to my succeeding as an author and a brand. I’m looking forward to working on them!

NanoWrimo – Roundup of Thoughts

Who’s preparing for November? More specifically, who is getting ready for NanoWrimo?

Love this calender… if I end up doing Nano, this will be my motivation!

Speaking of which, I haven’t decided whether or not I will be doing Nano this year. So far, I’ve won both editions of Camp in 2014, but never participated in November.  *gasp*

50,000 words is a lot of words. A Lot Of Words. Did I mention how many words is in 50,000 words?  Yes.

Anyways, between work, school (final semester!), and other projects, writing that many words in 31 days sounds like a little too much. Who knows, maybe I’ll attempt it and really drive myself crazy!

My blog reader is filling up with posts about Nano, posts about planning, about panicking, and posts with tips and tricks on how to succeed.

Compass Prose wrote a terrific post entitled The Emotions of NanoWrimo. So accurate. If you’ve done Nano, never heard about it, or are still trying to decide whether to participate, go read this post.

From the Mist of the North Woods just started her prep for Nano, and wrote about it. I am now following her blog and will hopefully get to cheer her on!

If you’re planning to participate in Nano, then I deem you crazy. But, I also think you’re awesome. And I’ll be cheering you on.

Zoey Writes is thinking of trying a different kind of NanoWrimo with blogging instead of fiction. Now this I might participate in! :)

If you lack some motivation, head over to Kate M. Colby’s post on motivation for Nano. Great work!

What do you think? Will you be writing like mad in November?  If you’ll be blogging about it, comment and let me follow your adventures!  :)

October Reading List

You can never get me a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

~ C. S. Lewis

I was a little random this month with my reading choices, but ended up with some really good books (I think!). Anyways, I ended up, again, with six novels.

Flying Changes: A Novel  by Sara Gruen

This one is a modern story with horses being a major part of it, which is what made me pick it up in the first place. It is about a 40 year old woman who is attempting to overcome struggles in life, mainly her rebellious teenage daughter. If the equestrian points in it are accurate, then I shouldn’t have a hard time enjoying it!

The Warrior Heir  by Cinda Williams Chima

This book is a recent release that I’ve heard talked about by several bloggers and vloggers and when I found it at the library, I snatched it up! It is the first book in The Heir Chronicles, and is set in a modern world with what seems to be fantasy characters? It is about a young boy who unknowingly is part of a great battle for power, a part that he seemingly has no control over. Looks great!

The Hawk and the Jewel  by Lori Wick

I always like a good romance, and this one seems to be exactly that, but with a twist. The girl has been raised in Arabia and is now being brought back to Victorian England. It is a Christian-based novel, so hopefully it balances with my own beliefs in that regard. The Hawk and the Jewel is the first in the Kensington Chronicles by Lori Wick.

Of Triton  by Anna Banks

I read the first book (Of Poseidon) in The Syrena Legacy back in September and liked it enough to go in search of the second book! It is a continuation of the first one, with Emma being forced to deal with all the changes and issues that she discovered in Of Poseidon.

Kiss  by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

I went in search of a Ted Dekker book after being told about how great and wonderful his stories are. This one seemed the most intriguing, about a young woman who wakes up after what she is told was a terrible accident that was her fault. But she is missing six months of her memory. Mystery and suspense usually aren’t my genre, but here goes!

Poison  by Bridget Zinn

This one was released in March of 2014 and looks like so much fun! A young girl, potions, poisons, and a pig? Hopefully it will be as cute and enjoyable as it seems.


What are you reading this month? It’s getting into fall and winter, the best times to curl up with a good book. Have you read any of the books I listed, or are you planning to?