NaNoWriMo

Freebie Friday: Camp NaNoWrimo July 2015 Calendars

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Freebie Friday, NaNoWriMo | 0 comments

Freebie Friday: Camp NaNoWrimo July 2015 Calendars

I love Camp NaNoWriMo calendars. Usually a ton of people make calendars and share them for NaNoWriMo. They are usually super pretty and most importantly have the word count goals to keep you writing and on track to finish an entire novel in ONE month. For some reason or another, I haven’t really seen any for the July 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo session so I made some to share with you. That’s right, they’re free!     Camp NaNoWriMo Freebie Calendars   There are three options to choose from with three different quotes. Just select the one you want (or all of them). They have word counts on each day so that you know where your word count should be if you want to end on time. Please note these calendars are for 50,000 word projects. Let me know if you guys would like to see calendars for other sized projects. If there’s enough demand, I may make some. How to use the calendars! I plan on using mine with glitter star stickers on the days that I reach my word count (which so far is every day this month)! But really, use them however you want! How to grab these! There are two different ways to get these. 1) Click on the picture of the calendar you like. It will open an enlarged image of the calendar. This will allow you to save it as a photo. Just right click the large image, select “Save As” and save it wherever your heart desires. 2) If you want a PDF version of each calendar, click the links immediately below the calendar pictures. It will open the PDF and you can save it wherever you would like on your computer.   Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2015 Calendar 1   Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2015 Calendar 2   Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2015 Calendar 3   If you don’t want a NaNoWriMo July calendars, here’s a link to some fantastic non-writing themed calendars that Chic-Type rounded up. Warning, they are free and full of pretty!   Happy...

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Happy July & Camp NaNoWriMo Freebies!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Freebie Friday, NaNoWriMo | 1 comment

Happy July & Camp NaNoWriMo Freebies!

Happy July everyone! I’m back. I say that because though I never officially went away, I’ve been just awful about posting lately. For that, I’m sorry. I can’t believe it’s July already! I feel like so much has happened in my life and on top of that, I’m trying to write ALL THE BOOKS. Seriously. In fact, last month alone, myself and new writing partner Brian LeTendre wrote a novel called HARROWED. It’s a young adult horror book (think 80’s slasher) and it’s becoming a book THIS September (9/22/15 to be exact)! I couldn’t be more excited about it and I  can’t wait to share it with all of you. In the meantime, feel free to Add it to your Goodreads or sign up to help with the cover reveal at the end of August! With that said, Brian and I are bopping straight into the sequel of our new Woodsview Murder series with book 2 for Camp NaNoWriMo. Looking to improve your writing this summer? Whether or not you have ever written a novel before, I really encourage you to try your hand at NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing month (in November every year) but in July, there is an earlier session that is called Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s different than normal NaNoWriMo because you don’t have to complete a whole 50,000 word project. You can work on a book of poetry. A screenplay. A 10,000 word story. You have more freedom with what you are working on without the pressure of writing a whole book, which understandably is why many people don’t start the challenge in the first place. Did I mention that I have the BEST CABIN EVER THIS YEAR?! Because I do. If you’re curious about it, I encourage you to check out CampNaNoWriMo.org for details. It’s an exciting thing to finish and complete a project in ONE month. For me, NaNoWriMo really gets me to focus on a heavy goal and reach for the stars. Did I mention that it’s completely free to join? What do you have to lose? Even if you don’t complete your project you’ve won bvecause you’ve started something new.   In the next few weeks I’ll be posting tips, tricks, and resources to help you get through Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s not too late to join! And this Friday, I’ll be giving away a new freebie Camp NaNoWrimo calendar, designed to keep you on track!   Happy camping,...

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How to Win Camp NaNoWriMo This April

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in NaNoWriMo, Writing | 0 comments

How to Win Camp NaNoWriMo This April

I spent all weekend doing chores and gearing up for Easter, which is how I found myself failing miserably.     On Sunday afternoon I realized that I was only 2,000 words into my NaNoWriMo project on day 5. I should have been past 8,000 words. And just in case you’re not familiar, Camp NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month which is basically a challenge to complete a writing project (screenplay, novel, short story, epic poem, etc.) during the month of April with thousands of other writers,   What did I do when I found myself already behind?   I sat down and wrote. I wrote for roughly two hours and ended Sunday at about 5,000 words into my Camp NaNoWriMo project. Yes, I’m still behind. But not by much. By my calculation, I can write about 1700 words every day for the rest of the month to still make my word count goals.   What’s My Point?   Whether or not you’ve started your NaNoWriMo project, you’ve already fallen behind, or you’re right on par, you can do it. Did you hear me? YOU CAN DO IT. You can still make, complete, and exceed your goals for the month.     Three key tips for finishing and winning NaNoWriMo   Sit Down and Write – Or stand and write. It doesn’t matter how you do it as long as you write, write, write. You won’t finish without trying. You aren’t trying unless you write. So write. Let the words flow from your fingers. Don’t judge them. Don’t stop if you think the last sentence you wrote wasn’t so hot. That’s what revisions are for.   Turn Off Your Inner Editor – My first NaNoWriMo I attempted, I didn’t “win”, which means I didn’t hit my 50,000 word count. Why? Because I was editing my work nonstop. Now, I admit that my first draft back them read like a second draft of mine now, but here’s the difference. Now I complete my word goals…back then I didn’t. I realized my problem wasn’t that I didn’t make time to write. I was! But I spent my whole writing time criticizing my work and trying to make it better. Do not revise until you’re done. That’s the best way to quick draft a novel or complete your NaNoWriMo project. Turn off that inner editor!   Use Your Tools – Whatever you need to write well, use it! I write best with music and coffee. If you do too, grab your headphones and head to your local coffee shop. A writing buddy of mine Brian, writes best with music like movie soundtracks or other soundtracks without words. Another friend of mine writes best while putting on a movie for background noise. Whatever it is that helps drive you, use it! If you’re not sure what your best writing conditions are, find it by trial and error. Visit that coffee shop. Stop at the library. Listen to that movie soundtrack. When you find what it is that lets you hit your word count quickly, use it like a tool (because it is one!).   Still on the fence about starting your writing project?   If you’re still on the fence about doing Camp NaNoWriMo, it’s not too late to jump in. In fact, there’s NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW. Brian Le Tendre and I recorded a writing podcast recently in which we share our experiences with NaNoWriMo, ways to prepare and finish on time, and more. It’s free to listen and I think will really help to ease any fears you may have. Listen...

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What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in NaNoWriMo, Writing | 0 comments

What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

I guess before I should dive into Camp NaNoWriMo, I should tell you what NaNoWriMo is. NaNoWriMo stands for National (Na) Novel (No) Writing (Wri) Month (Mo). NaNoWriMo is in November and it’s where thousands upon thousands of people all over the world set out to accomplish something crazy…write a full 50,000 word novel in one month. I used to think a lot of things before I ever tried it myself… This can’t be done. People who try this are crazy. I couldn’t do something like that…right?   Well, as it turns out, I could, I did, and though I still think people who do NaNoWriMo are crazy (crazy awesome!), I don’t think I could ever stop participating. I love it THAT much.   Anywho, back to Camp NaNoWriMo. So for a long time, I thought that it was kind of a bummer that they only had NaNoWriMo once a year. I mean, what about the other eleven months?! Well, I was wrong there too. They’ve started something called Camp NaNoWriMo, where you work on a new project, for a month, during the summer(ish) months. There are two sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo. April and July.   According to Camp NaNoWriMo’s site, this is what it is: Camp NaNoWriMo is a more open-ended version of our original November event.We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 10,000 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers may attempt non-novel projects. Camp is a creative retreat for whatever you’re working on!   There’s no pressure to work on a 50,000 word novel if you’re focused on other projects. You can do any project you like! A short story. A script. Something else!   I will absolutely be participating this year in April AND July. My April project is a mashup between the Serial podcast and Veronica Mars. Make an account or at least check it out (it’s FREE!). Commit to your writing! Add me on Camp NaNo! Grab a badge for your blog or social media site! And let’s kick the crap out of our word goal! Does anyone want to be bunk mates? They’re assigned soon.   There will be more coming on this soon, as I’ve just finished a podcast with Brian LeTendre (I’ll let you know when it’s up) and I plan on blogging a little bit more about NaNoWriMo as I aimlessly wander the path to creation.   Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? Have you done it before? What are you working on? Let me know in the comments below!...

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How to Catch Up If You’re Behind on NaNoWriMo

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in NaNoWriMo | 2 comments

How to Catch Up If You’re Behind on NaNoWriMo

I find myself in an interesting position. It’s almost the end of November and I’m not yet at my word count. In fact, I’m about 10,000 words under where I should be for NaNoWriMo. I could chalk it up to the Dark Carnival releasing. Or perhaps my Grandmother falling ill, which has been really hard but she’s a fighter and has always been a strong woman. Or my crazy busy work schedule now that it’s considered the end of the year and I’m working over 60 hours a week. The old writer me would probably pat myself on the back and say, “Hey champ, you did the best you could. A for effort.” And then I’d scratch off another NaNo gone by. Not 2014 Jolene. Oh no. 2014 Jolene is still going full speed ahead. I already have a plan chalked up to finish. On time. And at 50,000 words. I wanted to share with you 5 ways to catch up on your NaNoWriMo word count and still finish on time. You have three days to win. Three. 1. Don’t stop! Somebody cue Miley Cyrus’s Can’t Stop Wont Stop whatever song or Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”! Whatever you do, you won’t finish if you give up. Never give up. Never surrender. 2. Write often. Break often. One of the best ways I get a crap ton of words written is when I implement my own personal mantra: Write Often, Break Often. I may write for ten minutes. Break for five. Write for ten. Break for five. It works well when you, you know, have a family or a dog or a super messy house that needs things tidied up. I write for ten. Then I stop and do dishes. I write for ten. I walk the dog. You get it? These small breaks let me think about where I’m going and keep me refreshed so that I can keep going, full speed ahead.   3. Set Goals. I know the average word goal a day for NaNoWriMo is roughly 1,667. If you’re behind like I am, you need to raise that bar to finish on time. Set realistic word goals for yourself. Ones that you can achieve. If you can write more on the weekend than during the week, balance out your daily goals.   4. Reward Yourself. Finishing NaNoWriMo should be enough, right? It is. Kind of. I mean, it’s a HUGE accomplishment and super stellar to even try, let alone win. But me personally, I also do well with personal rewards. Let me give you an example. When I was in high school, I loved to read and hated math. In order to get myself to read all of my math chapters, I’d line up gummy bears on the pages and eat them when I reached each section. That was my reward. I apply the same thing to my writing. It’s so easy to just let it go and busy myself with something else instead. Instead of that, I tell myself, if I finish this chapter, I get to watch another episode of Supernatural. Hitting my daily word count means that I can go grab that iced coffee I’m craving. Or I can eat that gummi bear. Whatever it is, if you’re like me and play even better when I have personal goals at stake, do it! Set those goals!   5. Grab Your Toolbelt! Just like a carpenter needs his tools, a writer need his or her toolbelt! Make sure you have plenty of refreshments and snacks (if that’s your jam), power outlets (if you’re writing on...

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NaNoWriMo – A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in NaNoWriMo, Writing | 2 comments

NaNoWriMo – A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Eep! NaNoWriMo is only a few days away! Are you ready? There are several resources out there to help make your National Novel Writing Month a success. We’ve gathered some of our favorite things. Let’s check some of them out, shall we?   NaNoWriMo Resources – A Few of Our Favorite Things NaNoWriMo has multiple resources on their website, such as Pep Talks, Word-Count Helpers, and Noveling Inspiration. Pen & Muse has a few tips on how to prepare  and we even have a freebie for you to download in order for you to keep track of your word count. (Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide!) We’ve found a few NaNoWriMo calendars to help guide you on your writing adventure, including this one from Deviant Art, this one, this one, this one from The Great Noveling Adventure, and oh my sweet baby Jesus, I found a Supernatural one!!!!! Tyrean’s Writing Spot posted about how to create a basic character profile. Pen & Muse has created a freebie worksheet on it too. Oh, and I found a Tumblr that celebrates 365 days of NaNoWriMo. What are your favorite NaNoWriMo resources? Are you ready for November? Let me know in the comments...

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