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I’m letting the whole world and it’s mum know, and I don’t actually care if I FB’ed it already!! I need to blog about this crazy experience. It is probably one of the most thrilling achievements I feel I’ve made as a writer. I have claimed my National Novel Writing Month badge for the first time, in all the years I have tried to crack this shit! I’ve done it. To knock out 50,000 words is a challenge for any writer, but in thirty days…. it’s tough! Don’t get me wrong the most words I’ve ever written is 90,000, but not so hardcore in such a short space of time.
So what changed this year?
If you have read other detailed blogs I’ve done, you’ll know the past that the last few years for me have been a challenge personally, but I made it through. I am out the other side. Even through the challenges, I tried to do #NaNoWriMo very badly! I completed projects and some still half done to this day. This year I worked in a team with some great writers who I would say are girlfriends too, all over the world some as far as the Caribbean. Via FB messenger we spoke everyday, had fun laughed and joked about just girly stuff really. We manged to keep each other motivated. Overall, the group did well we all made some kind of progress.
I completed book three of my Romance Set In Paradise series, “Chances, A Puerto Rican Love Affair.” A slightly longer novella, and very different from the other two so far. I will release it on my 37th birthday the 14th February 2020. My cover is currently being made, and let’s just say I LOVE IT TO BITS! I can’t wait to share it, and the book’s blurb. I will place this one on Kindle Unlimited too, as I am kinda liking it, I’ve never used it before as an author only as a reader.
So what did I learn about NaNoWriMo and How To Be Successful?
In all honesty this…
- Outline your story early, before the 1st of the month so you have all month to just write.
- Write…edit later. As in don’t spend days and days and weeks going over the same chapter, or scene to get it ‘perfect.’ That can be done in December, or the next month. Honestly, just write…write..and yes write, get your idea into chapters and make progress. Do not edit a thing….yet. 1-30th is to write.
- Work with other writers. This is probably the biggest learning curve for me. In the past, I have done the ‘caves’ as NaNoWriMo call them. Where via their website you are allocated into a group, with writers around the world. Historically for me this never really worked, as I would not log on everyday there, and if I did I would miss most of the conversation as it happened. As, it’s not like instant. You jump in where you can, based on your time zone. So you kinda miss the ‘vibe’ , unless you’re in the same time zone and let’s face it we all write at different hours. I found that a FB messenger group worked so well, as it’s instant messages and it’s linked to your phone so really you pick up the group’s shenanigans as they happen. *Giggles*
- Go at your own pace. For me it was helpful to have a set word count to try and hit per day. However, some days I could not even find it in me to switch on my laptop, let alone write. I’m the kinda writer that writes in bursts! (unless I really have a serious deadline). For example looking at my history on my stats, one day I’d knock out 5,000 words one day 87, then a few days later 3,000 words ( LMFAO). I don’t have a consistent bone in my body it appears, it varies. Go at your pace and if you are a ‘burster’ like me, and write when the hell you like at say 4.00 a.m in your pajamas you write 100 words. Or, all day Saturday and not a thing until the following week, so be it. but just try to keep up. If one day you can’t write then catch up the next time. Don’t let ‘ today’s word count target’ get to you mentally and throw you off, or leave you stressed. Writing a novel or even short story is personal, needs time to get the creativity going. Inspiration calls at the oddest times, I had inspiration for a story in the bath, I had to jump out and grab my notebook before I forgot it, then get back in the bath. Even washing the dishes things come to me, I just giggle. It’s ‘weird’ like that, so one day you may not have the juice to hit the words, but a few days later you do. That’s okay to be a little erratic with the process.
- As I said, this whole writing thing is a personal experience, for me inspiration flows the deeper I get into the plot , if I am not co-writing a story and restricted to how much I can babble on for. I move from my outline, hence the above 50,000 words for the story. I would say, don’t be afraid to move in the direction your characters pull you, or talk to you about going in. ( Yes, they talk to me sometimes and kinda push me to write them certain ways). I actually have a surprise red herring murder, that I never planned until the last week of NaNoWriMo- this week, but it developed the story so if you get pulled, that’s great! Just write it and edit out what you want later.
- Some progress is progress. Even if you don’t claim your badge and write the full 50,000 words as the challenge. Don’t let this be the goal, let the goal be ‘to complete a project’. And if that does not happen, hey you started it and December is the month to wrap it up, and get it published in the next year. DON’T AND I MEAN DON’T beat yourself up for ‘non-completion’ , ( I have done this all the time) as with writing just writing ‘Chapter One’ is a start.
- Don’t rush, you’ll only write a really sub-standard story-line, and not be at your best. Make every word count.
- Ladies, save your manicures until after this challenge is over, my nails are a mess! The keyboard has chipped them away nicely! So this weekend, it’s about fixing them up.
- Just stop writing when your tired, ( or your false lashes start to irritate you) which ever applies, or come first! *Giggles*. Overall, don’t push yourself too hard, it won’t be your best. It’s okay to become ‘drained’ and need no step back, no shame.
Happy writing in the last two days those that are still in for 2019’s challenge let me know how you’re getting on. Drop a comment!
I do love a bit of action, do you? Taking a reader on a ride as a writer, and being taken on a ride as a reader myself has to be my favourite thing about books! Here are fifteen books on Kindle Unlimited for members to grab now for free. There’s action, thrill, suspense and adventure genres. Including one by yours truly, and Didi Oviatt. Grab your Kindle and happy reading!
Oh yes! This novella anthology has to be my ultimate baby! Not only did I meet a fantastic co-author and writer Didi Oviatt back in 2017, I gained a great friend. The Suspenseful Collection Volume One is now on Kindle Unlimited, for members to read for free. Volume two will be released 2020… we promise! Happy reading. Click here to grab your copy
For Mature Readers Only:
A suspenseful novel with a twist. Eight short stories, by two suspense authors, from diverse backgrounds. From opposite sides of the Atlantic these stories have been created. One author started the tale and the other ended it. No discussion, no pre-planning, but yet their stories are seamless. With just creativity and the use of writing prompts, to craft one tale, with two different writers. This anthology of suspenseful, fast paced and engaging tales covers multiple genres. From heart felt romance, crime, fantasy, and steamy historical fiction. There is a story for everyone!
Steamy Historical Crime Fiction: It was The First Time I Killed A Man.
It’s 1972 and New York’s first female serial killer Lisa Vanacilli is in the hot seat again, ten years after her conviction of murder to the first degree and innocent plea. The ruthless but sexy reporter Tiffany Low cracks Lisa for a confession… at a price. Lisa is strong, courageous and says it how it is. This story has been extended due to reader’s demand. And is only for adult readers.
Psychological Fiction: Every Time I Hear That Voice From The Basement.
George appears to be harmless. The local neighbourhood geek on the outside, married to Jolene. In reality, he’s a very disturbed man. His path crosses with Dana, the local check out girl. This is a psychological suspense story with a twist.
Crime Fiction: The Entrance To The Tunnel Is His Only Way Out.
Juan is a wanted man, and an ex-gang member on the run from Atlanta to Mexico. With a hundred grand in cash stolen from his ex-boss, he meets an unlikely fate in Mexico. A fast-paced crime fiction story.
Contemporary Romance: When His Hands Run Up My Thighs I…
Love has no time limit, age limit or use by date. Sarah now in her fifties is reunited with her long-lost love Joshua. They last had contact in 1961. In the present day, thanks to the advancement of technology their paths cross. A heart-warming and modern tale, about long distance love, that will leave you warm inside.
Suspense: We Only Said Goodbye With Words, I Died A Hundred Times:
In 1963 Russian Femme Fatale Mila Petrov is London’s top Madam. Her entertainment house is booming, she has a team of London’s strongest women behind her. Unfinished business from her past creeps up and haunts her. It’s nothing she can’t handle. A suspenseful historical tale, with a strong femme fatale.
Fantasy: The Ones Who Live At The Bottom Of The Ocean, Come To The Surface.
A beautiful coming of age story, featuring sixteen year old Zoe and her mother May-Li. Myth becomes reality, as Zoe finds out who and what she really is. Her mixed descent reveals more than what meets the eye. This fantasy story is set against the backdrop of a Greek island and Hong Kong, China.
Suspenseful Crime Fiction: Guilty As Charged, In Self-Defence
California’s sassy, tough, and likeable defence lawyer Catherine has taken on a case so high profile, if she wins she’ll become a partner of Martin Law Firm. Defending forty six year old Mrs. Chevelle. An ex Las Vegas show girl, now a Hollywood wife, on trial for the murder of her high-profile husband. She claims she’s innocent. Readers are taken on a fast -paced journey on a mission to seek the truth.
Contemporary Fiction: It’s A Man’s Man’s World:
A beautiful modern tale showing the love and appreciation of a woman. James Brown said it right when he said, “it’s a man’s man’s world, but it would mean nothing without a woman or a girl.”
Well, there comes a time when you hit a certain age range, and you appreciate older characters in fiction. Me, I’m thirty seven in February (cringes), I was happy to come across ten authors offering books for the 30s and over market. I’ll be grabbing a few myself. Click the link here to be transported to book reading heaven.
Aww, I do love a Christmas read… here’s thirty-five different holiday reads by various authors to grab. All on Kindle Unlimited or Free this holiday. Click here to be transported to book reading heaven.
The last push guys, week three is ending tonight, and well I reached just over 40k words and now on the very last chapters as of Friday. I am pleased this year. It’s been tough going as I have said before, I find that I write large amounts rather than everyday. Some how I have managed to keep up with the target.
My real goal is to just finish book three of the Romance Set In Paradise Series, and I have no doubt I will. I’ve changed the name about three times, and finally settled on ‘Chances A Puerto Rican Love Affair’. This story is set on this beautiful island.
I’ve also decided that this whole series, both of them I am writing I will self-publish. I want the control, and to call all shots I won’t be handing my work out to publishers. My completed stand-alone work, I will. Sometimes it’s just nice to have something for yourself if you know what I mean? Next week I will share a preview!
I also took the decision to enroll the series on Kindle Unlimited, so if you are a KU reader you can enjoy it for free. I made the decision after I joined KU as a reader myself. I love it! I have found so many brilliant books via the membership, and find it’s great value for money if you are someone who reads and buys a hella-lota books!
So just a quick check in from me for week three, next week is the final week and I hope the next time I blog, I’ll be done. Good luck all writers still in the challenge.
Let me know how you’re getting on with a comment?