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Cheats & Eats 4 NaNoWriMo

Is it cheating if you planned it ahead of time?


I guess its all in how you look at it, really. Not really.

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If planning ahead means I’ve saved myself time, energy and gave myself an extended writing period then…

Hell yeah!

Call me a cheater!

*slaps forehead

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I cannot express enough how planning ahead and scheduling your success can mean for your writing goals! I know…

  • It’s tedious!
  • It’s time consuming!
  • It sounds too hard!
  • There’s no time!
  • Where do I even start?!

I can make these excuses just as much as the next guy. But, you know what? At the end of the day, we all have twenty-four hours and how we use it is ultimately up to us. If you don’t have time, you simply didn’t make it a priority.


I know, I know. This is too harsh. But, I’m hard on you because I care!

This preptober week,  I show you how I get organized at my desk for  NaNoWriMo!

**just in case you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is**

NaNoWriMo is an online writing challenge inviting you to write 50k in 30 days and it happens in the month of November. Holy smokes, that’s just around the corner! I know, so we gotta get prepared and get ready NOW! 

I believe snacks and meal planning are a vital component to keeping your writing goals on track. Why. Uh, because we need nourishment to keep our energy up, silly, and in doing so, we can KEEP plugging away toward that 50k! And we need to find ways to limit our interruptions. I find that I will either forget to eat or pop up and head to the kitchen so much, my distraction level is so high and, ultimately…  no words make it to the page!


I know, right!

So, take a peek inside my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit for some ideas of your own!

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Meal Planning Checklist


 ~~~~~Food Items~~~~~


Quest Bars:

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Rx Bars:
Bumblebee Tuna Packs:
Starkist Tuna Packs:
Crock Pot Recipe Book:
The Happy Healthy Plant Based Eating Guide:

 ~~~~~Non Food Items~~~~~

These items, I imagine you can grab anywhere or you already have on hand:

Pens, Markers, Highlighters
Sticky Pads
Google Calendar
Storyboard for your novel (If you have one)

If you want to see how I plan my dinners for the month, how I stay hydrated, or just want to see me babble on about Preptober… Check out this week’s episode on YouTube!

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Also… I will leave you with one last thought. Oh no. Oh yes. I heard this the other day and it has just “stuck.” I hope it resonates with you the way it has with me!

Interruption is the thief of creativity.

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Preptober Pumpkin-head



Hello writer friends and family!

This week we venture into preparing for our next hay-maze adventure…

PREPTOBER! PREPtober… preptober.

was that supposed to be an “echoing” example?

assorted_frosted_orange_and_harvest_white_artificial_pumpkins_medium.jpgYes. So, please re-read that so that we are on the same page, thank you… With a thespian-backed dialect if possible.


Did you re-read it?


Read it!

With the joy of the stage in your heart!


Okay, perfect!

*slaps forehead

It is October and it is time to get ready for NaNoWriMo 2019! *insert catchy music here and cheering ~ The online writer’s Unknown.jpegretreat for authors of any expertise to get working on those books! If you are a wannabe writer; this is wonderful to get you mapping out ideas, learning how to format and really just sit your cute bottoms down and start writing! If you’re an expert; then this is a great challenge for you to try to write your next bestseller in 30days! The average word count goal for this 30 day writing challenge is generally 50k words; however, if you find that your total word count for your book will be more or less, then that is fine too.

Go to, sign up and add me as a friend. We can author together! Share our ups and downs throughout our writing journey for this challenge! Dig into their online resources as well! So much to learn and soak up!


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But, before you run off to carve pumpkins together in celebration, check out this week’s accompanying video on my youtube channel.  (Don’t forget to subscribe and hit the notification bell) This week I show you how I get ready to write my next book. How I organize my month and writing efforts. I feel that setting myself up with a plan helps me step closer to the ultimate goal. Finishing the first draft of the next book!

IMG_2999As I mention in the video, I am preptober-ing for a non-fiction book I am working on. I am so excited about this endeavor and it is a topic I have been feverishly notating for much longer than a year and have realized for all my years on this earth. I’ve wanted to take on the self-help world for some time and taking on this challenge has been so inspiring for me because I know I will be helping so many with this next release!

And it’s been a learning annex too! A what? Formatting is different. How so? Angles. Like geometry? Personal discovery and experiences. Oh, please no. Keep those to yourself. Hush.

All new influences compared to writing fiction. Don’t get me wrong. I have many more stories in me and more fiction to come; but, taking a break from it to write this is going to be super!


What are you working on right now? What makes your heart sing? What stories do have welling up inside of you? Get one of those great stories out in NaNoWriMo this year!

I can’t wait to see you there!

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People, Plots & Planners

Without organization…


I truly admire those who can wander around through life without plans, schedules, organizers, alerts, banners, and alarms to get them through the day. Now don’t get me wrong. My Sundays are pretty unplanned.

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However; I must confess, I’ve LITERALLY scheduled burrito Sundays, movie binging, and couch potato-ing into my google calendar. For Sundays.

So… you’re still scheduled.

Uhmmm…. yeah. Ya got me.


It’s possible I do have a problem. You do. Because yes, that may still be in the realm of being scheduled. I guess. *shrugs and shuffles feet against the floor


Right. Anyway, moving on to my currently “scheduled” post…


Have you heard of bullet journaling? It’s an overview of your month, followed by a tracker for your daily tasks you want done, followed by a list of other things you may want to do; but may or may not have time to get to. Which, you can push to the next month God-willing. This may sound complicated. But I promise it’s not.

I’ve come up with a simplistic version that has proven to work well for me. I don’t spend too much time creating the BUJO (short acronym thats super cute for bullet journal!), I keep it’s design simple, page count to a few pages (never more than FOUR), and I color code each task and check mark for easy eye-catching satisfaction!

200.gifSo, grab your markers, crayons, and stickers!

Mine are all items I already have on-hand. I don’t buy anything new except maybe the stickers. Which, if you know my obsession with Dollar Tree, you’ll completely understand… I find all my cute stickers and die-cut designs from, YEP. You guessed it!


*insert bells and whistles here. **with streamers, sound makers and celebratory cheers

If I can get it at Dollar Tree, I do. She totally does.

I do not feel the need to hit the stationary store or the big box retailers of

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office confectionary to over spend. NO THANKS. Additionally, with the over saturation of “how much can we buy” instead of saving what we have and using a limited financially ambitious creative resource to accomplish the same thing someone else wasted their money on…. Why would you want to over pay?!

Seriously. Anyone?

Of course not!

So, here we go! Let’s plan. Let’s get organized. Let’s save moula. Let’s BUJO.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial on planning your own bullet journal to plot your month.

Speaking of plotting. I’ve barely mentioned it. But, I imagine that with

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planning comes plotting and therefore; plotting is planning…? Or planning is a plot?

What the hell are you saying?

Who knows.

And so, the plot thickens.