UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!

I know it’s been a hot minute since I last posted on here. My apologizes in advance. I focused a bit on my youtube channel, which I ask that you check out for more content. I’ve also been focusing on writing and querying and that seems to take up a good bit of my time. 

So, without further ado I’ll get into the announcements.

First off, I’ve got a small piece recently published in the ANGELS: A Divine Microficition Anthology by Black Hare Press

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It’s currently available on Amazon and you’re welcome to check it out to find my piece as well as over 100+ other author’s. It’s already topped as a #1 Best Seller in it’s category and isn’t looking to disappear anytime soon.

That being said, I also have another bit of drabble coming out soon in their Beyond Dark Drabbles #4 and is up for Kindle preorder and is due to be released in September.

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So keep an eye out for further updates on that.

Now on to other news.

I’m still querying STOP THE RAVEN the stats for that are as followed.

22 Queries sent out

17 Rejected.

0- MS Requests….

I’m really beginning to think that I need to take a look at my first chapter and maybe the query and synopsis but I’ll wait a bit longer to see what happens. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic here and a tad stubborn but I’ve seen worse odds. So….To each his own, right?

Though I have already started plotting out how I can make the first chapter far more interesting and possibly even change the plot all together but that whole bag of worms will wait until I’ve reached a few more rejections.

On the writing front I am currently working on another story. Think IT where a bunch of kids are fighting a monster lurking in the woods. I’m enjoying it. For the most part. It’s giving me some trouble as far as not wanting flow as easily as I hoped it would but it’s only in first draft mode and not looking to meet public eyes anytime soon.

Maybe if I put myself on some kind of deadline I can get this thing finished and edited and figure out how I wanna publish this thing. That will be a problem for another day though.

I’ve also have several short story ideas building up for submissions to anthologies. If you write speculative fiction and are looking for a place to submit your work feel free to check out Black Hare Press. They have more drabbles looking for submissions as well as their new Seven Deadly Sins series that just opened for submissions as well as several others.

If you’re a reader, still check out their content because they have some amazing anthologies coming out.

My current reading lists includes:

Angels – because I do wanna read some of those other stories. I got glimpses of titles and they all look so amazing. Can’t wait to dive into that.

and

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I’ve followed her on twitter and love her enthusiasim for writing and traveling and have been meaning to get into one of her books. I’m not even disappointed by the story thus far and am looking forward to finishing this series off.

Otherwise summer has been filled with kids, camping, and an upcoming water park trip. Woohoo! Yeah, it’s been going by pretty fast and the end of the year is just around the corner.

So what things have you been up to? Achieved any major goals? Read any good books this summer?

Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you guys.

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The Perfect Writing Day

One thing we all think about when we first start writing is that perfect schedule. How we would run our days if we were to become full time writers. So here’s a run down list of what my ideal schedule could be. (Or would be if I buckled down and actually stuck to this kind of schedule.)

Think of this as an experiment to see how well this would work out.

6:30 AM – Wake up, get kids ready for school.

7 AM – Spend 15 minutes on social media before taking the kids to school.

8 AM – The dog’s gone for a walk, which allows me a stretch, and my coffee is poured. This means WRITING TIME!!!! Well, time to work on my blog anyways. With any luck this won’t take the whole hour, but who knows. (This blog post is currently taking almost two hours. Have I mentioned I’m the procrastination queen?

9:30 AM – Hubby goes to work and when I return home it’s work out time.

10 30 AM – More writing! This time I work on either a short story or edits or another project that I’ve got going at the moment. (So many projects, so little time.)

12 PM – Lunch and probably some time to chill and watch a couple of videos on youtube. (Also the dog is probably bugging me to go outside again.)

2:45 PM – Time has gotten away with me and it’s now time to pick up the kids….

I kid.

Seriously, let’s jet back to fantasy land here for a moment.

12:15 PM – More writing! I’m really hoping with all this writing I can get a good chunk of this short story that I need to write before November finished.

1:15/1:45 PM – At this point I need to stretch and so that means some quick pick up around the house before it’s time to get the kids. Also dog.

2:45 PM – Seriously time to pick up the kids! That means sitting in the car line for 30 minutes and read. My current read is The Shining by Stephen King. This is my second attempt to read this book, I was reading it a couple of months ago and got interested in another story and this got put on the side burner, but I’m back at it and still enjoying it.

3:30 PM – From here my day descends into chaos. Kids are wanting snacks, homework needs to be finished. (Bursts into rendition of NeverEnding Story.)

4:30 PM – Kids are settled, homework is done, and they’re probably already playing their video games. If nothing happens I could write for another 30 to 45 minutes.

5 PM – Cook dinner, eat, clean up.

6:30 – Time to pick up husband, come home. Baths…Dog needs to go out for the 4th or 5th time this day and it’s probably going to be a longer walk to calm him down for the night along with the kids.

7:30/8 PM – More writing? Possibly. At this point it would make sense since everyone is quieted down for the time being.

10 PM – Bedtime / Some mindless TV or reading. Depends. My husband is wanting me to watch an anime called Hunter X Hunger, so probably a couple of episodes of that before bedtime.

So there it is. My perfect writing. Was it all spent writing? No, probably because I find that if I spend exhaustive long moments in front of the computer I get angsty and need to get up and move. Include the kids in that mix with all their needs and after school activities and if I don’t dedicate the morning hours to writing and partial of the evenings I don’t get a lot of writing done. Also, I’m good at procrastinating, as I’ve mentioned, so to achieve this I would have to turn off social media so…

I’m going to attempt this kind of a schedule in a vlog on my youtube channel. If you want to see the results of that, head on over there. Should be going up about the same time as this. And let me know what you think?


What is your ideal writing schedule? Obviously, if I didn’t have kids I would definitely devote whole days to my characters, but alas, I enjoy being a mom and wouldn’t change this schedule for anything.

Also in case you didn’t know. I have another drabble coming out in Black Hare Press Beyond Anthology next week. Sept. 17th. You can pre-order it here . There’s a 100+ stories from various different author’s from all over the  globe. So buy it. Enjoy it. Review it. All that good stuff.

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Until next time!

Favorite Editing Tools

There’s a long lists of how to edit your story. What steps need to be taken to get from point A to B and I can focus on those things in a later blog. Lord knows I’ve been through those trenches enough to know a thing or two about surviving. I believe there’s a whole blog about finding what works for you that includes a list of things that happened to help through that particular process.

And there’s plenty of other blogs out there that spell out some of the best methods of writing, hell there’s whole books. I’ll get to those in this blog as well if you’re looking for some ideas on what to read.

But there’s few on the tools that a person can use to edit their novel and I’ve had to do some deep diving myself to really find what works for me. So here’s a few tools that I’ve found that makes my editing process so much easier and takes off some of that stress.

  1. Notebooks:   No, this first one isn’t anything online and if you’re a writer it’s not a huge secret to you. Having a spare notebook next to you as you go through your first draft just to jot down some quick notes is a literal life saver. Especially when you’re doing most of this on the go and don’t have quick access to a computer. You can even do this while you are writing your first draft and just make notes of changes that you think of as your story progresses. Because we all know that story is going to change mid structure. So scribble all of your notes down during the original drafting process and again when you are doing the first read through and when you are finished make those changes you feel are still relevant.

  2. Grammarly:  Grammarly and other such editing sites is one of those easily over looked tools that people tend to ignore because it is a computerized editor reading data in your work and giving you feed back, but for a person who sucks at grammar, like me, its a life saver in getting those simple mistakes out of your manuscript before sending it off to beta readers and CP’s who’ll catch a misplaced comma a mile away.

  3. Text to Voice sites:  This is a relatively new step for me. Before I would have suffered and read the words aloud and gone hoarse in the process. Now I’ve found a way to have the story read to me. Which makes it so much better because I can listen and take notes or make changes without having to lose the rhythm of the story. Admittedly, it gets paused on several occasions while I’m going through it and I do wind up rewinding to listen to the same sentence twenty times but it’s not my voice that’s being worn out and it really came in handy in my last short story edit.

  4. Scrivener:   Okay, yes I know scrivener is an all around tool but make no mistake it really shows it’s usefulness while you are editing. You can pull up split screen so that you are staring at your original first draft and all its notes and be able to type out all the edits on the other screen. You can switch out scene cards if you decide the scenes need to be mixed up. You can jump back and forth between chapters and storyboard mode. All of your additional research notes, characters cards, and world building information is right there in the story binder so you’re not flipping through a hundred other folders on your computer, fretting that you’ve accidentally deleted it in the last folder clean out.

  5.   Thesaurus.com :   Or any other book or site that allows you to have a list of words that mean the same as that word that you’ve used over a hundred times. You know what I’m talking about. Going through the first draft most of us have gotten into the habit of fast drafting thanks to challenges like Nanowrimo and so we’ve got a hundred instances of “look” and “rushed” through out our entire novel and a good thesaurus always helps in finding another word before we go through and just completely rewrite the entire paragraph.

So, yes. There is my 5 favorite editing items that I use before I send my manuscripts out to beta readers and cps. Cause let’s be honest. Even when we tell them that it’s a second or third draft we still want the best we can do on our own sent to them before their eyes land on it and every little bit helps in the end.

Until next time. Happy writing!

The Process of Querying: Tools I’ve Used and How It’s Going.

Querying can be tough. Writing a short, maybe three paragraph, explanation of your 500 page book sounds like an impossible tasks. How are you supposed to get all the super cool characters and plot points that made the book worth writing squeezed into three paragraphs?

The problem is, you don’t. You take your main character, maybe one extra side character (Love interest if you have one), your antagonists, and go over the biggest hurdle in your book. That’s it. It’s that easy and that hard.

At least it’s not the elevator pitch. (Don’t get me started on that monster)

Everyone says writing the book is the easiest part. I beg to differ. When I first started looking over the querying process I realized I would need to start writing my query before I even finished my book. So, I worked on it in pieces. I wrote a first draft, because yes this is going to be done in drafts as well, and then I rewrote it.

I wrote down all the notes and possible suggestions for how to make a great query. Hint: look up Jane Friedman’s The complete guide to Query Letters and Query Shark. Both are literary agents that offer some sound advice when it comes to writing queries and sometimes do query critiques in their blogs.

Also feel free to sign up for Query Tracker. It’s a great resource for when you’re in the query trenches and need a way to keep up with your queries, it’s a year subscription that costs $25. Not to shabby for all it provides. Also there’s a great forum that you can join that allows you to post your query for review and fellow writers will give you advice to make it better.

You will have to actually look over other queries and maybe give some opinions of your own to get advice on yours, but it’s still a great community, and plenty of other topics you can look over. Everything from querying etiquette to tips on author platform can be found inside those forums.

Definitely worth a look at if you’re feeling a little loss on the whole process and just want some advice from fellow writers.

My own querying process is feeling a bit stale.

Think

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I’ve done the write, rewrite, have people read it, pay an editor to look over your query and write it again and……giphy

I’m trying a thing….I’m thinking it’s the first chapter so I’m going to try and rewrite it so that the second chapter (?) is the first chapter and see how well this works out. This also means I’ll be looking for people to beta read and tell me if it is actually my original first chapter and if the second chapter works better as my first chapter.

 Though, I’m hesitant because I have so many balls up in the air right now, that going in and rewriting my first chapter and what not in this MS seems a little insane but if there’s no interest it just makes sense to try something different.

Do I really know what I’m doing? No

Does any of us? No.

Why? Because the market is so subjective that what works for one person may not work for another. There’s no concrete formula that will get you that perfect agent and grand publishing deal, so we’re all just rowing down this creek with only one paddle and hoping for the map you were given isn’t completely useless.

For those concerned about rewriting this while I have queries out. Their just queries. Not whole or partial requests that agents are looking over. And if someone does show interest in what I have now I will send them the MS as is without the changes…maybe mention that I was considering the changes but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

So, I’ve gone on long enough about how querying is working out for me. Let me know if you’re going through the same process. How is it working out for you? Has it worked out for you? I want to hear all about your victories, even the smaller ones like you’ve finally gotten it written. Because any small step is still a step closer to your own success!

Until next time!

Giving up isn’t the easy way out (also this isn’t me giving up…)

       

When you’ve put so much time and effort into something and you hit a wall, you can either push through, remind yourself that you can do anything that you put your mind to, and more often than not you do wind up pushing through to the end.

But what happens if you can’t push through?

What happens if you just don’t got the energy or the motivation to keep going?

You’ve put your time, effort, and sometimes your soul into a project only to not see it finished or pushed out into the world and all you want to do is give up. Tuck it away and tell the world, “I tried.”

Most would look at this as a failure. You’ll probably think of it as one long regret some where down the road and wonder what would have happened if you just kept on trying.

That’s the reason giving up isn’t the easy way out. We beat ourselves up about it. We tell ourselves that we can’t live with those failures or they’ll eat us alive later on down the road. And we’re partially right.

It’s why so many of us can’t admit defeat even when it’s staring at us right in the face. We’d rather go back and pick at a problem until its bones are nothing but splinters and dust lying in the ground.

( My own current situation, hence why I’m not giving up.)

Sometimes giving up is the only answer and we just have to take a few days to let that sink in. To hope that this failure is setting us up for our next big success and so we mourn the loss of a dream for a bit and then go back to the drawing board and try something else.

Eased by the fact that we all have our failures tucked away in a drawer somewhere that we either forget about or come back to look over fondly for sometime. Either way, it’s not an easy decision to make.

It’s not something that we just wake up and decide we’re throwing all of our hard work away for nothing. Sometimes it’s telling people that you’ll get back to it some day and then some day never arrives because it’s the little white lie that we told ourselves to make us feel better about giving up.

But (and I’ll repeat this as often as I can) giving up is not the easy way out!

Because if you feel like giving up. If you’re going to lose your sanity over the rejections and criticisms and all the mess that comes with putting yourself and your work out there, know that it’s okay. That not all of us think your looking for an easy out.

We know that it’s long nights tossing and turning in bed, wondering if you’re doing the right thing. The little lie that you may return some day to finish this work. Its endless days of what if’s and maybe’s and no one can really fault you for wanting to give up and focus on what’s best for yourself and your family when all you want to do is work on your dream, but your dream is costing more than you thought, or causing more damage than good. We get it. We’re standing right there with you sometimes and it’s okay to just let it go.

Because we know it’s not an easy decision to make.

You ever given up on something that you really wanted to make happen? That you worked hard on and it just wasn’t happening? Was it an easy decision or did you fight tooth and nail before coming to that conclusion?

Marching Goals

Of course it would in the shortest month of the year that I manage to complete 80% of my to do lists. Especially since most of the time I manage to only check off maybe one or two items and everything else tends to gets pushed forward to the next month.

Maybe. Hopefully.

There in lies my problem. I keep hoping to do stuff and maybe I’ll get to it later.

Here’s a goal for next month, so going to push to try harder and actually get this stuff done. Not let motivations, or lack there-of, get in mine way. Lol

But anyways, I’m here to let you know how exactly did February go for me?

Let’s get started.

February Goals –

Edit & Post short story – complete. It can be found under the shorts tab on my blog/webpage.

Lose 5lbs- Complete!

Start editing sci-fi novel – nope, but I’m starting on this this month. Promise.

2 youtube videos – Yes!

Blog bi-weekly – No, unless you want to count the youtube videos. When I can posts my youtube videos on my page then it’ll start counting, right?

Read 1 book – Yes. I completed Bethany Atazadeh’s Evalene’s Number. Excellent read if you’re looking for something to pick up in the dystopian future type novels.

Clean Closet – Yes! Semi-funny story here. My husband lost a couple of videos games and proceeded to clear and reorganize our closet in his attempt to find his games. Didn’t find them, but the closet got cleaned out so there’s that check mark.

Like I said, I did manage to get a good portion of my goals completed and I’m super proud of everything that I did so I’m looking at March and thinking I can so complete this lists items that are getting added on.

March Goals!

So, March is a bit longer but it’s also my anniversary with my husband and a handful of birthdays, so here we go and I know that by the time that this is posted I’ll be a week in March and should be fully on the way to completing some of these goals but look at who’s blog you’re reading here. Lol

So list of things I’m looking to achieve this month.

Write and Edit another short. – At typically 5,000 words I think this achievable.

Start Edits to Sci-Fi Novel – Again achievable if I start today.

2 youtube videos – not an insane amount and completely doable going by past months.

Read 1 book – I need to either decide on a book I already own or buy a new one first but still.

Lose another 5lbs – Going to achieve this one!

Start streaming on twitch – I know it seems like I’m giving myself another way to procrastinate on writing, but it’s something I wanna try and see I’ll enjoy it.

Blog 2 times this month – Hey, I’ve already got one blog down.

Query more Agents – Since January I’ve been querying 2 or 3 agents a month and tapping my finger for the rest of the month (hence why the streaming is coming in to keep me busier)

How I plan to achieve these goals?
1. Write a thousand words a week. Yep, we’ll get through this somehow.
2. Edit for 2hrs a day (probably at night when kids go to bed)
3. Film 2 videos at beginning of month (With computer currently down editing anything is going to be rough, but filming is still a possibility.)
4. Read 20pgs a day
5. Stream in the mornings Monday through Thursday!

Why I Don’t Worry About Mondays

            Most people find Mondays to be that dreaded time of the week when work and school pick back up. Their weekends are over and now its time to get back to the daily grind. For me, Mondays are a day of rest.

My kids go to school and my husband goes back to work and I spend the rest of the day recouping from the 32hrs I just pulled off in two days at work. That, of course, doesn’t mean I get a full day of rest. I still got kids, husband, and dog that require some form of attention and care and don’t get me started on the housework that built up while I was away.

If your a parent, or ever lived with kids, you know this is a never-ending thing. So, yes, Mondays I will sit and play a video game, maybe watch some TV, and try to do as little as possible. Even if that means crunch out a short blog or retype my query for the hundredth time.

I’m a writer, it’s like being a mom in that the work is never done.
Still, when I don’t do anything but binge-watch Netflix and play several hours of Sims, I don’t beat myself up about it too much.

Not on Monday anyway.

Because we all deserve that one day where we get to feel guilt-free about being a couch potato and after my weekend shift I’m exhausted and need that time to re-energize and prep for the rest of the week that’s sure to be chalked full of something.

What days do you consider to be your do nothing guilt-free days? Weekends or some midpoint of the week? I’m curious to know.

Oddball gifts for those oddball writers

So last year I did a post on gifts for writers. It was the basic gift set, notepads, books and some candles. Nothing insane. And those things are still on the list, but here’s a few more items to add that might put a huge smile on that writer’s face.
1. Water proof paper  –

You heard me. Amazon has these water proof notepads that would be perfect for any creative person simply because if you’ve ever had that amazing idea mid hair scrub then you know why this is an essential.
It’s hard being a creative and coming up with ideas on the spot. It’s even worse when your brain decides to come up with that ten star idea the moment it starts to relax, (ie in the shower or in bed.) Hence why a water proof notepad would be adored. I know I sure want one.

2. Stuffed animals or some other such figurines –

It goes without saying that most writers like to announce that they are writers. Either through a website, coffee mug, t-shirt or some crazy stuffed creation. I myself have a stuff old fashioned laptop that my hubby got me for valentines last year. It’s cute and green and in the picture over here. Either way, get something that your writer can display proudly.

3. Magnetic Poetry

Its magnets with words that you can place on your fridge, or any other place that magnets can go, and when you need that much needed break from your computer or notebook then of course you can step away and head to the magnets to continue putting those words together.
Or make a note on wherever you have them displayed as a reminder for yourself or anyone else living with you. Plus their fun to look at. Unless I’m just an odd ball that likes to see random words in any sequences filling up all the spaces. Who knows.
Not to mention it comes in all kinds of additions, making it one of those (something for everyone) type of gifts.

4. Dungeons and Dragons books or other RPG Character Creation Books

I know I know. Some of you are screaming that you don’t like Dungeons and Dragons, but have you ever looked inside of those things. A recent Authortuber mentioned she started playing and just the character building sheets alone were giving her plenty of ideas, so why not look into it. Those books are chalk full of world building ideas, magic systems, and all sorts of creatures for the high fantasy author looking for some fun research ideas. So give it a go, if for nothing else then the character ideas.
If you happen to find yourself sucked into the game and a demogorgon is after you, well, don’t worry. Those pesky kids will come along eventually.

5. Distraction –
That’s right. Sometimes we just need a distraction. Us writers get so far into our own heads that we don’t realize how much we really need a break and if you distract us and find away to pull us away from our work for even a few minutes, you have no idea how happy we will be in the end.
Yes, we will probably roll our eyes and maybe even snap at you. Just smile, take it (please) and make us smile. In the end it’ll be much appreciated because we’ll go back to work with a clearer mind.

 

Hope you got some inspiration from this short list. Most items were found while looking through Amazon and none of the links are affiliate links.

Happy Holidays to you all and til next time.

 

 

 

Hearing no isn’t easy…

Rejection itself is not easy. Getting up to try again after so many rejections, or your posts at pitchwars doesn’t get any attention by agents, is the hardest part of your job. Hearing no isn’t the easiest thing, but getting up to try again is where we find our strength.

It’s like when you’re pushing through that slush pile of a first draft, or reading your story to revise it for the hundredth time. Something is wired into us as creatives that pushes us to keep going. Even when we’ve been told no again and again.

We get up, look at what we might have done wrong and try again. So that’s what I’m urging everyone, including myself, to do. Keep writing, keep pushing forward. Someday will appear before you know it and we’ll look back on this time when we endured with fondness.

 

Til next time.

Some Reminders for Nanowrimo

 

 

With Nanowrimo right around the corner there’s tons of people prepped, or frantically prepping to finish outlining their stories so they can sit and write out 50,000 words in one month. Others still are just mentally preparing themselves with no real outline, just an idea of what story they’re going to write.

Neither approach is wrong and both come out of November with some surprising results. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. I’m here to talk about surviving Nanowrimo with her mentality still, some what, in take with a few reminders.
1st – it’s just a first draft.

No matter how much planning you put into your outline or how well your character sheets filled out. The first draft is still going to be a huge pile of crap. No one expects you to get it right the first time and you shouldn’t expect this of yourself either. Because it’s never going to happen.

Unless you’ve managed to create a magic potion that makes everything you right sunshine and daisies on the first try you should really give up this pipe dream.(And if you have you need to mass market that shit because you’d be a millionaire.)

Seriously, your first draft is just that, a draft. It’s going to be filled with characters names randomly changing, scenes that are written like your MC’s just standing in a void and plot holes the size of Niagra Falls. There maybe some structure there. A line or two that you absolutely love and believe needs to rewarded some kind of prize, but that’s about it.

And that’s okay. If you manage to cross over that 50k word count this month, give yourself a pat on the back, take a deep breath, and recall that sense of pride you felt when you wrote ‘the end’ when you go back to reread this slush pile that you call a novel.

 

2nd – Writing doesn’t always happen from point A to B
When you hit that first block, and you’re going to hit it, or your characters decide to hijack the car and go down some country back roads, don’t fight them. Sometimes it’s best to just let them go on their little tangent.

If you’re finding yourself getting stuck in your novel and you find plotting out the next move isn’t working, try working on something else. It can be related to your novel in that it could a short story on a characters past, or it could be a what if scenario for something that could happen given the stories current setup.

It doesn’t have to be used in the actual novel and usually (at least for me) these little jaunts into the wild eventually get me back on course and back to the main story and I usually discover something new about the characters or the world I’m writing. Remember in the first point I mentioned it was a huge slush pile, well these side bits can just be added in there on top.
3rd – Take a self-care day.
I realize that the whole point of Nanowrimo is write as quickly and as much as possible, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear yourself down until there’s nothing left.

You can’t continue to feed your creativity if your fridge is empty. And I’m not saying you have to take a whole day. I’m just saying take an evening to spend time with family and friends or a couple of hours to watch a movie, read a book, or play video games.

Something that will allow the creative part of your brain to shut off and relax for a bit. You can get back to work the next day and still manage to win Nanowrimo.

 

4th – Reach out to the community
One of the biggest reasons I am still creating stories and following my dream of being published is because of all the amazing people that have I met on here, twitter, and Instagram.

There are so many people from all walks of life in this community that’s it hard not to make friends and share our experiences with one another. And the best part is is that so many of them are participating in Nanowrimo as well. They’re sharing your struggles this month as well, so head on over to the forums, or follow writers on twitter and youtube with the #nanowrimo2018 and connect with other writers.

Honestly, the friendships you make in this group of people are going to be your biggest wins this month.
5th – It’s okay if you don’t win Nanowrimo

Obviously, I’m not trying to be a debbie downer here. It’s just a fact. Some of us don’t actually hit that 50k word count. And that’s okay. Not all of us are capable of pounding out that many words in a month. Hell, I have a hard time sitting down to write 500 words some days.

All of our processes are different. Some people can type up 5000 a day, others can barely manage 250. It’s not the quantity of work that you put out there that counts. What counts is that you showed up every day, you gave your best every day and rather you managed to write 50 words or 1500 words, you can still call yourself a writer and know that you’ve managed to accomplish something for the day.

Remember not everyone can write a novel in a month. Tolkien took 16yrs to write Lord of the Rings Trilogy, To Kill a Mocking Bird took Harper Lee 2.5 years, Twilight took 3 months.

So don’t beat yourself up if you don’t reach that 50k in one month. Even if you don’t win Nanowrimo, you only lose if you stop writing. Keep writing your story, even after November is said and done with because I promise people are going to want to read it one day.
Good luck to everyone participating in Nanowrimo!