Have you ever thought about writing a novel?
November is the perfect opportunity!

November is National Novel Writing Month and authors all around the world support each other and push through their daily word count to get words on the page. It's hard, seems impossible on some days, but is very rewarding, regardless of how many pages you have at the end of the month.

Join me, and my writing friends, as we try to write 50K words in the month of November. You'll find a supportive group of friends and accountability partners who show up for each other every week! We're going to meet on Discord, so if you want to try it, please send me a note and I'll forward you the link. Discord is an app. We’ll figure it out together.

So, here’s my top tips for surviving Nano. 
  1. Be prepared
  • Think through your project.
  • Who are your characters? Names? Descriptions?
  • What is the setting? A coffee shop? Small town Hallmark? New York a Christmas?
  • What is the plot? Can you say what your story is about? Can you write it in one sentence and then expand it from there? Ask me about the snowflake method. It really helped me.
  • Create an outline. Even if it isn't long, or detailed, it can help you stay focused during the November rush.
  1. Just Do It
  • Stop thinking about all the reasons why it won't work.
  • Stop thinking about how little time you have.
  • And, please, please, stop thinking you can't do it. You can! There are resources available everywhere that authors use every day. If you don't know where to start....ask me!
  1. Push harder at the End
  • With work, family, holidays, and writing, how in the world do we fit it all in? - Our friends. Our words.
  • Push through when it gets hard.
  • Find small bits of time to write, fifteen minutes even.
  • Log in with other authors. We'll keep you accountable.
  • No-one cares if the laundry is done. Well, maybe some do, but I don't.
  • The NaNo site has all kinds of prep materials, including stocking up on snacks!
So, who's with me? Please reach out. It’s a lot of fun. More information is below.
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