Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

Writing Prompt Wednesday

by Abigail M

NaNoWriMo is coming to an end.

Tell us about your NaNoWriMo experience, in poetry form!

Write your poem in the comments below for others to see and reply!

 

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NaNoWriMo: Finish Strong!

by Gabrielle L.

NaNoWriMo is one of the biggest challenges a writer can face. Setting a goal and trying your hardest to complete it within only 1 month is so challenging! But, as tough as NaNoWriMo is, the final result is priceless; your very own novel.
I have done 3 NaNoWriMo’s so far, and I have finished all of them. I may not have liked my novel afterwards, wished I had done more, had hundreds of spelling errors and grammar twists, but I had a huge accomplishment that I could not gain elsewhere; I had written a whole novel in just one month. You may say that you didn’t write enough or that your goal is too small, but if you want to actually finish your novel, your goal has to be attainable. It can be 100 words or 100,000, NaNoWriMo is different for everybody and there should be no shame for having a smaller goal!
And if you don’t finish, that is 100% okay too, you still have something you wrote and can add on to later. Didn’t write anything at all? That is completely fine! As nerve racking as it gets, there is no need to stress or worry over it! Remember this challenge is for increasing your writing skills, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
So, when you hit that wall and you just don’t know what to write, just take a breath, and realize the reason why you are writing. Because you are a writer and you can do this. You have the strength, the willpower, the skills and talent to complete NaNoWriMo, and even though it may seem like you can’t right now, you can. Push away writers block, shut out the critics, reach that deadline and finish NaNoWriMo strong!

NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 1

“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” -Don Wilder and Bill Rechin

Today, you are no longer just a student, a teacher, a parent, or a child.  Today, you are a novelist!

We’ve had lots of fun planning our characters and our plot lines over the past few weeks.  We know that character and conflict are what move our story forward. We know our characters’ wants, needs, likes, and dislikes.  We’ve made thousands of notes about our story plans. We’ve even felt butterflies in our stomachs as we’ve counted down to the start of NaNoWriMo. Today, the day is finally here.

Some of us have already met our word counts for the day.  High fives to you!

If you haven’t started writing yet, don’t worry! There is still time! There are still six hours remaining in day one!

No, don’t worry at all, but also, don’t make excuses.

This is where the rubber meets the road.

If you are like me, you are already finding reasons to procrastinate.

“It won’t matter if I start tomorrow instead. I’ll just add 100 more words to each day for the rest of the month to meet my goal.”

“I really should go do this other important thing.”

“Everything on my desk needs to be perfectly placed for me to think about my writing, so let me just tidy up a bit.”

Anybody know what I’m talking about here?  There are so many reasons NOT to write.  But what about the reason that brought you here in the first place?

What about that voice inside that whispers, “I want to be a writer”? Listen to THAT voice.

Stop WANTING to be a writer, and actually become one.

You know what writers do?

Writers write.

 

NaNo Recap

Congrats! We’re all done! Whew!
So how did it go? What did you like or what did you not like? Write about your experience in the comments.

NANOWRIMO Day 30

It’s the last day! Write! Write like the wind!

NANOWRIMO Day 29

Need some inspiration? Use this prompt to help propel your story!

Include a character who always giggles at inappropriate times.

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NANOWRIMO Day 28

Need some inspiration? Use this prompt to help propel your story!

Write a scene, section, or a chapter that includes these words: “sham, oxter, augment, endeavor, scapegoat”.

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NANOWRIMO Day 27

Need some inspiration? Use this prompt to help propel your story!

Add a dance scene.

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NANOWRIMO Day 26

Need some inspiration? Use this prompt to help propel your story!

Invent an instrument in your novel.

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NANOWRIMO Day 25

Need some inspiration? Use this prompt to help propel your story!

Write about your character’s biggest role model and how they impacted their life

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