Yes. It’s October and you know what that means. NaNoWriMo is coming.
It’s October 15th which means there’s just over two weeks until November is upon us.
Eek! Don’t ask me what I’m writing cause I don’t know yet.
Having participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) since 2005, I like to think I’ve picked up a tip or two along the way.
So, I’ve decided to share.
Tip #1: Pace yourself. Writing 50,000 words in 30 days may seem like a massive undertaking and leave you feeling completely overwhelmed, but the truth is it doesn’t have to. 1,667 words per day is completely doable, and if you break it down into even smaller goals… say 834 words in the morning and 834 words at night it’ll be an even easier goal to smash.
Tip #2: It’s never to early to kill off a character. In NaNoWriMo… anything goes. I once killed of a main character in the first chapter. Surprisingly, it worked and pushed the other characters forward. Death scenes take up a lot of words. So, does sex.
Tip #3: Editing is for December. Turn off your inner editor. Yes, it’s hard, but completely doable.
Tip #4: Turn off distractions. Procrastinating is the worst enemy to any NaNoer. If it helps set a timer, and turn off the WiFi. Research is fun, but time consuming.
Tip #5: Have fun. Because if you’re not having fun while writing, there’s really no point.
And there it is. I hope you find these tips helpful.
Not to mention all the new goals and new plans waiting to be unveiled.
So, what did you accomplish? Good things I hope.
Currently, I have Pendragon awaiting further edits, A Rueful Equinox sitting at just over 2700 wordsand… A Curse of Thorns & Roses is in the planning stages.
And that’s just my writing projects.
I’ve also been editing short stories, creating various content which I hope to share with you soon.
As for my little Monday ritualit usually involves coffee and cake.
I’ll be sharing future progress and if you happen to have made any of your own, please do share in the comments… no matter how big or small it was!
And don’t worry if you didn’t make much progress today is a new day and the start of a new week.
Just work the steps from this post and you’ll be on your way!
Not to mention all the new goals and new plans waiting to be unveiled.
I’m not the biggest fan of Monday’s to be honest but I’m looking to change that. And I thought what better way than to bring you guys along for the ride with me and maybe see some positive changes in your lives as well.
So, how can you fall in love with Monday’s?
1. Make Friday Productive.
Have a slower start to the working week by preparing the best you can on Friday. Put in a lot of work on Friday. So you don’t have that much on your to do list for the new week. Get the most difficult tasks done on Friday so that Monday doesn’t have to be crazy and full of stress.
2. Create a Monday Ritual.
To start loving Mondays find a habit, a treat, or a ritual – something that you really love and look forward to and make it happen.
3. Stop derailing yourself on the weekends.
Most of us love to sleep in on the weekends but it isn’t always practical. You’ll find yourself getting exhausted fast. To avoid that keep your weekend sleep schedule similar to your weekday schedule and you’ll soon find yourself ready to take on Monday.
4. Change your mindset.
Stop telling yourself that Monday’s suck. The truth is they don’t. It’s just that for some of us the weekend never lasts long enough. Instead think of Monday’s as a fresh start. A new chance to go after things that matter most to you.
I hope this gives you a much needed boost to take back Monday and mould it into something you can learn to love.
Want to know the one thing that will make a difference to your writing?
Well I’m about to share it.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. It can’t be that simple, right? Wrong! It really is that simple.
Immersing yourself in the genre you’re writing in not only helps you with language and style but also with finding your writing voice and it also helps with grammar and spelling. Something every writer at any stage can benefit from.
I don’t know about you but my grammar is often weak, especially in my longer works. But I’m working to improve it, and reading helps me to recall certain grammar rules.
It also helps your mood by helping you relax and centre yourself. Plus if you’re anything like me, reading a paperback book can aid in helping you fall asleep.
So, what are you waiting for? Go on and grab yourself your next favourite read and get cracking.
Paperback books are still my most favourite thing to pick up and read, but kindle is a close second.
What’s your favourite? Paperback or eBook?
Bonus points if you share the title of the last book you picked up and read or are reading!
Whether you’re just starting your writing journey or you’ve been writing for years, you may have found the excitement has died down some and the lure of words on the page just isn’t as strong as it used to be.
Well… here are 4 ways to make writing fun again!
1. Use a writing prompt. Check inspirational images or word prompts on Pinterest.
2. Engage the world around you. What’s out your window? Write about it.
3. Flip the pages of your favourite novel. Draw inspiration from the page you land on.
4. Illustrate the last thing you wrote. Even if it’s bad. The drawing not the writing.
I hope one or all of these help inspire you to write something great.
And when in doubt… RELAX! The words come easier when you stress less!
In 12 days time, Iron Faerie Publishing are holding there first ever writing competition!
The competition starts on June 1st and runs til the end of August. There’s still plenty of time to join, so what are you waiting for?
Contest information can be found below!
The contest will consist of four rounds. Minimum of 4,000 words. Maximum of 8,000 words per story. 4 stories in total. You’ll have 3 weeks to write each story and then submit it. Competition will begin on June 1st 2020. Story Prompts will be delivered via our facebook page at the start of each phase.
TO ENTER Select a mythical creature and let us know via private message through our Facebook Group or email it to us. (be it dragon, werewolves, witch… something supernatural) Send (a one-time fee of) $10US via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org once your choice as been confirmed. June 1st-21st 2020 is PHASE 1 June 22nd-July 12th 2020 is PHASE 2 July 13th- August 2nd is PHASE 3 August 3rd-August 23rd is PHASE 4
WINNERS The TOP 4 authors will be published in an anthology.
PAYMENT Royalties will be split between the authors and Iron Faerie Publishing. 50/50.
Work on Le Fay is coming along steadily but slowly.
It’s always the way when I set myself a deadline. I promise it will be available soon!
In the meantime, I’ve posted a little SNEAK PEEK into the next installment, Pendragon in my Facebook group. You can check it out HERE! It won’t be available anywhere else, so if you want to read, please consider joining the group.
Pendragon is the third and final installment of this trilogy and tells the story of Mordred, the rightful heir of Camelot in Avalon.
As with all my stories, particularly those dealing with the Arthurian Legends, there’s a twist because I like “what ifs”.
Mordred, the son of Morgan le Fay and Arthur Pendragon is fated to bring down Camelot. Morgan herself, tries to prevent him from being born but fails, obviously, and trouble ensues. You’ll have to read the excerpt to discover more.
And if you haven’t already, you’ll want to check out Morrighan! It’s only 99c on Kindle and $4.99 for Paperback!
And of course I had no contest pre written and there’s only so much cell data available on my mobile phone.
So, I’d love to say I’ve been busy writing up a storm, but sadly no internet meant my kids didn’t quite know what to do with themselves and I had to deal with the cries of boredom.
But it wasn’t a total loss and some new words have been written. And some editing got done on two stories which means everything is moving forward.
While I was away, I did create a group where fans of my work can gather. I’m hoping to grow my readership and this seemed like a logical first step.
You can find the link here. It would mean a lot if you joined. And there’ll be a sneak peek for my upcoming novelette Pendragon coming very soon if you do decide to join, which won’t be shared anywhere else!
Another month has come to a close. I spent most of it waiting on things that didn’t arrive and trying to write amongst the anxiety that came with waiting on those things that didn’t arrive. Suffice to say, March has been utterly exhausting.
Rewarding, but exhausting.
I was looking over my submissions for the quarter and I’ve subbed twelve stories and two poems. With five stories still pending completion. Not to mention I’ve written a whopping thirty-two blog posts. While I’ve had two rejections this year, on stories I felt had promise, I’m trying to not let that get me down.
And right now, I’m battling the clock on two projects. Le Fay is probably the most pressing, but another… so far untitled, is proving a mite more interesting. It’s what I like to call Arthurian Legends meets The Vampire Diaries. I couldn’t resist throwing vampires at fire breathing dragons and seeing what came about. Turns out even with Le Fay not quite finished, Morgan’s not letting go. Not that she ever has and I doubt if she ever will.
It’s early days but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to finish the third instalment, Pendragon, ready for a late May release.
So, that’s what I achieved. What’s something you achieved?