November is over and nope, I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. But that’s okay. I was able to get a huge chunk of my first draft down on paper and further solidify a writing process that really works for me. Probably the greatest accomplishment of all.
I’m still learning about the main characters of my story and that, evidently was a huge factor in my struggle. Who are these people and why do I want to write about them?
As with anything, the deeper in I get, the more familiar I become, in turn making the journey towards the end less treacherous. My new focus is to have the first draft complete by the New Year. I have a great head start and am very confident in my direction. So, here’s to a month full of vigorous writing! I couldn’t be happier.
How do you Post-it Plot? The answer is simple. Any way you want.
I first learned about Post-it plotting two years ago at a small, intimate writer/reader conference. Two wonderful authors described how they both used sticky notes on a presentation board, mapping out the twists and turns of their storylines while keeping tabs on all loose ends that needed tying off. Feeling determined on my ride home, I stopped at my local Staples, purchasing a presentation board and a plethora of Post-its. Then I sat down on my comfy, leather couch and looked at both in complete puzzlement, asking myself, what the heck do I do now?
It’s Friday and I’m excited to say I experienced a pretty winning week, both personally and professionally. My greatest accomplishment was finishing the revisions for my first book, releasing October 2015. Needless to say, I promptly channeled my inner Julie Andrews, spinning in circles, with arms outstretched, until I wanted to vomit.
I won’t lie, there were times when I needed my editor and friends to talk me down from the harrowing cliff of self-doubt, the dark abyss at the bottom, threatening to swallow me whole. But with their invaluable help and support, I persevered and am now ready to tackle the next phase in the publication process. Edits! *shivers*
In order to establish yourself as a writer, you must— well, write. Sometimes finding a process that consistently works is a far greater challenge than putting actual words on a page. I have a day job Monday through Friday and often squeeze valuable writing time in between. My brain seems to focus best when my butt is parked in that office chair. Go figure! I don’t have access to my digital manuscript files while at work, therefore I do a good chunk of my writing old school. Translation: pen and paper. (I could do a whole post on favorite writing implements but I will save that for another time.) Continue reading
I had perched myself on a comfortable fence regarding an attempt at NaNoWriMo this year and with good reason. I’m a repeat quitter. I would jump through the gate running and writing, determined to sprint on through the finish line, only to lose momentum and stamina long before I reached anywhere near my goal. After receiving Sara Megibow’s – NaNoWriMo Cheerleader article in my email from Romance University this morning, I decided to give National Novel Writing Month another try, but with a different focus in mind. Consistency. Consistency is one of my greatest opportunities in writing and I believe this will be the perfect venue for me to work on changing that.
I haven’t decided the writing project yet or my personal word count goal, but I do intend on setting up some kind of daily accountability here, and maybe even have one day a week where I’ll share a snippet. I refuse to disillusion myself. This will definitely be a huge challenge, but I’m determined to give this attempt my all.
My first step in the right direction is prep. I printed out my favorite planner pages to jot down a loose outline of my month of consistent writing. Lots of line space and each day includes a motivational quote. Perfection! You can find the planner pages here if you’d like to check them out. Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo this year?