NaNoWriMo 2013: Want to Write a Novel?

It is four days until NaNo and I was starting to feel unsure of myself. This article was exactly what I needed to read today! I’m printing it out to keep it with me and share with others, especially those in college that are brand new to the whole experience.

Good luck everyone, we’re going to rock it this year!


The Blog

It’s just a few days until November, and you know what that means: National Novel Writing Month, better known ’round these parts as NaNoWriMo, is near.

Have you always wanted to write a novel?

We know some of you have been waiting all year for this month! For those of you who are new to this project, here’s the gist:

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Professor Shares His Secrets for a Productive November

The Office of Letters and Light Blog – NaNoWriMo Professor Shares His Secrets for a Productive November.

I think every writer or everyone that pretends to write should read this article! I’m going to print it out and keep it with me at all times.

Read it whenever you feel like you can’t win. We can do this!

Do you have a mantra or list of “rules” you stick to to keep you going during November? Do you Pep Talk yourself?

Fundraising for November

NaNoWriMo 2012 Author Sponsorship |

Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters,

Every November I write a novel. An entire novel, started from scratch and completed in just one month as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I have been doing this every November since 2005, marking this as my 8th year.

NaNoWriMo is free. I’m raising money to help the nonprofit that runs it build communities in classrooms, coffee shops, libraries, and living rooms all over the world and to help the inspiration flow for me and thousands of my fellow novelists.

Every dollar raised will keep my spirits high as I write my way towards the realization of my creative goals. More importantly, your contribution will help The Office of Letters and Light build a more engaged and inspiring world.

Donors will earn the following rewards based on amount given:

  • Donate $10 – A mention in my novel
  • Donate $25 – A character based on you
  • Donate $50 – Choose a major plot point
  • Donate $100 or more and name the book!

Thank you so much for your support of my writing! I’ll be posting updates on my novel and fundraising on my sponsorship page throughout the month.

Feel free to visit these other pages to learn more about me and what I’m doing in November and beyond.

My NaNoWriMo profile.


50k – NaNoWriMo end!

I think my lack of updates can be summed up to mean how hard this past month has been with writing. Fell short of my goal but came back to hit 50k last night before midnight. Even though I did not hit 75k, I find this to be a victory as I was seriously close to quitting this year.

I must give a big shout out to all my new NaNo friends! Thank you all so so much, you know who you are. This win goes out to you.

Night of Writing Dangerously was a lot of fun! Next year is being planned already and I need to make sure I have extra time before and after the events to hang out and tour the sights.

Blatant self-promotion; Links galore

November is the busiest time of year for me, so I felt it was time again to self-promote everything that’s going on. The links might help explain some of my disappearance or sudden increase on posting. Not sure which way it’ll go yet, but I hope for the latter! I participate in National Novel Writing Month, which starts tomorrow. To follow my progress or add me if you also write, visit my profile here. There may be daily posts about word count (or lack of reaching said word count) and snippets of my novel. I plan on doing my best to reach 75,000 words this year. Donate to NaNo and Office and Letters and Light in my name and increase my noveling karma here. I do have a Twitter widget on the right side of my blog, but if you’d like the actual page to follow me, click here. Besides all the writing, meetings, and trip to San Fran, there’s also at least two Thanksgivings for me to attend. Add that Koda is teething and being a generally rebellious dog, and November is going to be very busy!

Of Recipes, Videos and Nerves

Two links for you today! The first is a recipe I’m going to try out tonight. – Recipe – Drunken Shepherds Pie.

Link two is this amazing video someone made of their house lit up for Halloween with music and everything to Nightmare Before Christmas!

NaNoWriMo is very quickly approaching and I must say I’m very nervous. Each year brings it’s own worries and concerns, but for 2011 I’ll be joining a new region for the first time since I started all of this back home in 2005. My past experiences left more to be desired when I first attempted to join this group, so I hope this time I’ll receive a warmer welcome. I can understand wanting a small group, but I feel everyone should be welcome and encouraged to attend, no matter the group size or whatever else. The nervousness has crept into a hole and is now doing battle against depression, each fighting to decide how this NaNo should fail. To combat these feelings, I have been making sure to dive into my notebooks anytime I think I should just skip NaNoWriMo 2011. It helps me focus on plotting and characters if for no other reason than it’s far better to spend energy on a novel than anything else currently in my head.

Of Words, Fundraisers, and Dogs

Outlining for NaNoWriMo2011 has been going very well so far. I’m using Excel documents created by another Wrimo a few years ago, and it even includes deadlines for when you should complete each section! (I’m a little behind already but I’m catching up quickly.)

My fundraiser for Night of Writing Dangerously is going pretty well. It’s currently sitting at $285, just short of my initial $350 goal. Can we rally together and meet it?

In other news, Koda, my Lab and Husky mix, is finally growing at a good rate. He’s still “behind” for the average age of these breeds but he’s gained almost 2 pounds since our first vet visit Sept 19th. Changing his food and getting rid of roundworms really does help a puppy get healthy! I still can’t believe the rescue didn’t realize he had worms…

How to write faster

How to write faster. – By Michael Agger – Slate Magazine.

It’s no secret that writing is hard … but why can’t I be one of those special few for whom it comes easily? What am I doing wrong? Why haven’t I gotten any faster?

I found this article through some advice for writers. It was an interesting read even if the exact formula for writing is different for every person. I think becoming involved with so many extra things that take up  my time – like Twitter – definitely distract from writing quickly. However, there are days like today where I find great inspiration and end up plotting and planning outlines for hours just from some quotes.

Speaking of writing, my fundraiser for Night of Writing Dangerously is going very well! Raised $285 as of this update out of my initial goal of $350. I’ve made enough to be officially invited to the event (at least $250) but I’d like to see how far we can take it! Every penny goes directly to the Office of Letters and Light.

My NaNoWriMo fundraising page for The 2011 Night of Writing Dangerously

Dear readers,

I need your help! In order to get to the Write-a-Thon in November, I need to raise at least $250 to go towards The Office of Letters and Light. (NaNo’s parent company) Every penny earned through this page goes directly to them, I will have no access to this money. I’m trying for $350.

This will:

  • Benefit hundreds of children and adults around the world
  • Give you good karma!
  • Allow me to visit amazing people that put this event on every year.
  • Make me burst with pride that I know you!

Thank you advance!