NaNoWriMo: The First Week

NaNoWriMo-This says it All

NaNoWriMo Day 1:

Remembered to use Toggl to keep track of my actual writing time. Chunking the time up in Eugene Schwartz thirty-three minutes and thirty-three second bites.

Day 2:

I’ve got a headache, blah. May end up changing how the book starts, but that will come later with the editing after NaNoWriMo.

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Day One NaNoWriMo 2015

NaNoWriMo Day One

Yesterday was day one of National Novel Writer’s Month 2015. As I write this post, I’m working on an outline for the novel I plan to write for my first NaNoWriMo.

By the time you read this, I should have completed the first 1667 words for my new novel.

I’ve decided to take this time and write a first draft to the prequel to my novel Crossroad In Time;  due for publication at the end of the year.

This new novel will give the background of the main antagonist in Crossroad In Time. It will explain how he became the person he is and why he antagonizes my protagonist. Continue reading Day One NaNoWriMo 2015

Preparing for NaNoWriMo

Did you know November is National Novel Writing Month?

This year writers from all walks of life will dedicate themselves to writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

Sponsored by, National Novel Writing Month has been going on since 1999. This year I’m taking the plunge and participating in my first NaNoWriMo.

In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I’m taking several steps that I thought I’d share with you:

-Finish reading The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne

-Working step-by-step through’s preparation page (

-Let my family know what I’m up to

-Get my social media on

-Touching base with local authors

-Jotting down some ideas

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Time Management for Writers

Time Management for Writers
Time Management for Writers

As part of the October Platform Challenge at Writer’s Digest, Robert Lee Brewer, asked those taking the challenge to create a time management plan on Day 14. Here are some of my thoughts on what makes a good time management plan for writers.

A little background

I’ve been using Franklin-Covey planner’s for several years now. Yes, it’s a bit “old fashioned” since it involves actually writing on a piece of paper rather than typing into an iPhone, iPad, etc; but it works for me and is quite effective. Continue reading Time Management for Writers

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