Sharpening my pencils…

Writing Wednesday

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Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my journey from writing to publication, marketing and writing and publishing again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips please share them with us…

NaNoWriMo Preparations

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Year after year I have watched from afar in awe of writers from all over the world that have declared November; National Novel Writing Month. They devote the entire month to writing a first draft of something.

Basically, you sign up and agree to write 50,000 words between the 1st and 30th of November.

It is not as easy as it sounds, definitely a challenge.

If you have ever wanted to write a book, I encourage you to simply jump in and go for it.

This year I am going to participate, but in my own way. I’ve joined a small Facebook group. Most of us in the group are nonfiction writers. I will be working on the second draft of my 3rd book.  It’s our own spin on things but the challenge is the same, 50,000 words in 30 days.

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It’s only a few days away and I’m wondering what I’ve gotten myself into?


To prepare for NANO I am:

  •  Practicing by writing 1500 words a day for a week.
  • Formatting my manuscript, Times New Roman, 12point, double spaced.
  • I almost always work from an outline. Not this time. I am scrambling to at least come up with chapter titles and opening paragraphs, enough to keep me from getting stuck.
  • Scrambling to finish a few of the projects I have with November deadlines.
  • Made sure I bought (a lot of) extra Halloween candy.
  • I stocked up on my favorite flavored hot chocolates, French Vanilla, Amaretto and chocolate mint.
  • One of my favorite writing snacks is grapes, cheeses and crackers and of course I need to stock up on wine for the late nights of writing to catch-up.

I really need this challenge and I’m hoping that win or lose I at least get myself back into a productive writing routine.

Are you in? Do you have any last minute suggestions?

Happy Writing,









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