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The Schoolyard Tag Game: Author Edition

Unknown-1.pngWe are well into the second week – uh, more like nearing the end of it, dear – of NanoWriMo. Scratch that. Yeah, It’s pretty much over. For those of you who don’t know what NanoWriMo is, which is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month where us writers emerge to challenge ourselves to write 50,000 words in just 30 days. Uh, you can’t be serious. Totally serious. That’s right, a novel in a month! Yikes!

As you write, you earn virtual badges. Badges for coffee. Oo. Badges for procrastination. Ooo! Badges for keeping track of your writing on a daily basis. Ooowee! Badges for writing streaks. Badges for well, whatever. You “Win” the challenge at the end of the month by accomplishing the challenge of getting a 50k manuscript… first draft of course. You don’t actually “Win” anything; although, I’d beg to differ as accomplishing the daunting task of writing a book is hugely satisfying… and if it can be accomplished within a month? Well, heck, sign me up!

This will be my first year as a participant and as far as my progress is going,

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you could say that I’m a bit behind. A bit? Okay, you got me. Actually, as I write this post, I am about 7k words behind. Ugh. It makes the task seem a bit more daunting but it is what it is. As long as I sit down and write something – ANYTHING – I seem to make at least an inchworm’s amount of progress and I guess that’s okay. No, it’s kind of pathetic. Hush, I know. It’s bad. Really bad. But I still plan on cruising along to the finish line. My last novel was a written in four months. I’ve always wanted to cut that time in half but my OCD puts me in the position to keep my words spelled as correctly as possible and pantsing a novel has sort of been my go-to.

Pantsing?

Oh, pantsing is writing your book without a planned or mapped outline of your story. For other novels I have in my idea pipeline, I actually do have SOME of them strategically organized; but, for this particular novel I’m writing? NOPE. Not even a little bit? NOPE. Hmm… YUP.

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You don’t realize how many distractions there are until you have to swat them away! I’m generally pretty good at carving out time each day to get a butt-load of things done; but when you factor in the fact that you have notes planned for your story – I thought you didn’t plan your novel on this one – and you end up writing by the seat of your pants. Right. Well, I attempted to do #preptober and outline my story.. and try hard I did! But?? it was pretty much useless and I’ll have to re-orchestrate the narrative. Yikes. Exactly, it sort of gets you a bit scrambled. My book has a lot of layers. If you read Harbor Excursions, you totally get it. It’s got the multi-facets of characters and world-building of a YA Fantasy fiction but in an adult contemporary, chick lit, thrilling romance kind of way.

I don’t think that’s a category…

Quiet.

Soooo anyway, I came across NaNoWriMo a couple years ago and decided to be a sideline voyeur until this year when I watched a NaNoWriMo Tag video. What the heck does that mean? Remember when you were a little kid and you played a game of tag in the school yard? Yeah, it’s like that. Once I watched a couple tag videos I felt compelled to give it a whirl. Speaking of whirlwinds: 2018 happened. So, what better way to get my next book going than with NaNoWriMo Challenge! Game on. I’m fairly competitive so it behooved me to give it a try.

The reality is, I felt quite compelled to jump in and do this because even if I don’t finish all 50k words in 30 days… At least I tried.

At least you got off your butt and starting writing books again. 

Yeah, that too.

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How To Find Your Writing Process

Photo May 13, 7 16 11 PMYou want to write a book. Yes!

Maybe you have an idea and you just don’t know how to get it going.

Today we chat a bit about finding your writing process! Double Yays! 

So many of you have asked, “how the heck did you write a freaking book?!”

And… 

“Will you help me write a book?!”

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Sure, I can! More Yays to be had!

Incorporate.comHere’s a compilation of some suggestions that I personally found helpful in the writing of my own book and hopefully will give you some ideas to help you  finally get some words on the page too. Here we go:

Finding your own writing process can take a lot of trial and error. what works for me, may or may not work for you. And that’s totally okay!

FIRST. Get used to the word, REGIMENTED. Blah. Big words. I know.

OMG. More scheduling? Yes. Absolutely. Without scheduling there is no success. (One of my favorite quotes)

Blech!!

I know. Stay with me.

THE HUB

  1. RISE AND SHINE! – Get up early, Stay up late. Either way, find a time that works best for you, your current scheduling for your life. Oh, and stick to that time. EVERY DAY.
  2. PLACES, PEOPLE! – Go to the same place to write each day. Going to the same place, (albeit, the couch, the porch, your bathroom, etc.) will eliminate unnecessary distractions.
  3. PERSONALLY, YOURS! – Personalize your space. Make it yours. Add decorations, or don’t. Light a candle. Or don’t. Add a sequin pillow to your writing chair.
  4. JOT IT DOWN ALREADY! – Sit and write. This sounds easy. And it should be. But, this is the part that stumps the most. Do NOT worry about mistakes, typos, or if what you’re writing even makes sense. Just do it. This will become your first draft and those are never good. NEVER. So, relax, and word vomit to the page away!
  5. SCHEMING MATTERS! – Do a bit of research and find out how many words you will want to write in total. What genre and have an idea of the trim size of your book. This will help figure out the time frame in which you want to write your book. Break down the total word count by the amount of days you want to get this baby in the oven.
  6. ENJOY THE RIDE! – I know it sounds like a lot of ToDo’s so far and it can be overwhelming. Take baby steps. Enjoy the process of each step you take each day toward getting those words down on the page.
  7. IT’S IN THE CAN! – You’ve finished it. FINALLY! Now, put the manuscript away. Don’t obsess over it. (The hardest part.) Don’t look at it. Just throw it in your sock drawer for a couple of weeks. When you pull it out again for the rewrite, you will have fresh eyes on your book and be able to give yourself some edits before sending it out to an editor to red tape all over your book!

 

Here’s to your first manuscript ladies and gents!Simpli-Home.com

 

All it takes is LITERALLY a little proactive and consistent action on your part.

..and maybe some new furniture. *wink

Or, maybe that’s just on my wishlist.

 

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