NaNoWriMo updates, poetry

An update and a poem for your enjoyment

Hello everyone in the blogosphere, I know it’s been awhile since I last posted, so I wanted to check in with everyone and update you on my writing progress.

First of all, let me say that I’ve had a very busy NaNoWriMo this month. Although I started drafting the story, I originally called Inner Vision, which is now The Body in the Dorm Advisor’s office, I went back and started planning my novel using the Snowflake method. If you haven’t heard of this book, I encourage you to at least read it for the story Randy Ingermanson tells, whether the method works for you or not. If you’re unable to afford the book or find it in your local library, yet you’d like to try this method to plot your novel, you can download Chapters 19 and 20 of How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method as a free PDF file. I’ve also started doing a series on my YouTube channel and my podcast, where I walk you through each step of the Snowflake Method, giving you examples of my own work along the way. Please note, no spoilers!

As a way to say thanks for hanging in there with me as I plan and restructure my novel, I’ve included a poem I wrote a few weeks ago entitled Storm Winds. If you like this poem, you’ll love the poems I’ve written in my book entitled The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the creative at heart. You can get the eBook at your favorite online retailor by visiting this Universal Link. I’ll let you know as soon as the audiobook comes out. Before I share my poem with you, I’d like to remind you to sign up for my newsletter so you can receive updates on my author journey and be notified of new releases. I’ll also send you a free short story or a free code for my book on Audible when it becomes available. Happy reading and God bless.

Hugs,

Ann

Storm Winds

Storm winds blow

On a windy Saturday morning

Storm winds blow

As a new day is dawning.

Will the storm clouds hide the sunshine we seek

 Or will the bright sunshine through the storm clouds peek?

On this beautiful windy day.

Even though the storm winds blow,

The sunshine drives the clouds away.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: NaNoWriMo Week 1

Welcome to week 1 of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). In today’s podcast episode I share my writing/revising/rewriting progress and give you tips and encouragement to stay motivated during the rest of the month.

As for my word count so far, I’m at 4435 and I plan to get at least another thousand or so words in, before the day is over. Instead of adding the total number of words in my entire manuscript, I just count the words I’ve added, regardless of how many more I cut from the manuscript. I guess you could say that I’m a NaNoRebel, doing what some would call Cheeto-WriMo.

For the past two nights, I did some word sprints with a twitter friend and that’s how I got a lot of my words in. I find myself writing at night, for some reason during NaNoWriMo, but I won’t do that any other time of the year. However, I plan on getting some words in later this afternoon
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If you’d like to join me in some word sprints during the month, there are two ways you can do this. You can email me at annwrites75@gmail.com, or tag me on Twitter @annwrites75. If We’re doing word sprints, don’t forget to mention @NaNoWordSprints as well. Be sure to use the hash tag #nanocafe if you’d like to invite others to join us as we sprint to the NaNoWriMo finish line. If you’d like to add me as a buddy, my NaNoWriMo username is AnnWritesInspiration.

If you want to leave messages with your NaNoWriMo buddies, you may do so by visiting:
https://nanowrimo.org/nanomessages

Listen to my NaNoWriMo update, including tips and encouragement on my Inspirational Journeys podcast:

I’ve got to go, because I’ve got to get back to writing/editing/revising. You need to get some words in today, too, if you’re doing NaNoWriMo along with me. Happy writing and good luck with NaNoWriMo. Let’s end up with more words than we had when we started.
Hugs,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: NaNoWriMo Prep Talk

Hello Bloggers and WriMos in the blogosphere,
First of all, I’d like to welcome all my new followers over the past few months! Thanks for stopping by the blog, may my posts, podcast episodes, and YouTube videos be entertaining and valuable to you in your author/blogging journey.

There are four days until NaNoWriMo starts on Friday November 1st. If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to create an account and announce your NaNoWriMo project at:
https://www.nanowrimo.org
If you’d like to hang out with my friend Tish Bouvier and me, and talk about your writing goals for NaNoWriMo, log onto twitter and search for the #nanocafe hashtag. I’ll see you there!

Don’t forget, if you don’t reach 50,000 words by November 30, you’re still a winner, because you’ve got more words than you had when you started. However, if you surpass the 50k word goal, you’re a winner, too. To listen to my NaNoWriMo prep talk episode of Inspirational Journeys, click here:

Blessings,
Ann

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Original Poetry: The Joy of NaNoWriMo

Hello wordsmiths, Wrimos, storytellers and writing gurus,
Today I have a poem I wrote to get you geared up for NaNoWriMo, which starts in fifteen days! Enjoy my tribute to this exciting challenge for novice and expert writers alike. Happy plotting, pantsing, plantsing and writing.
Huts,
Ann

November has been set aside
for national novel writing.
Writers from around the world
Find this month exciting.

Novices and experts
Race against the clock
Words are counted every day
As time goes by, tick-tock

Will you get your 50k
Or will you fall behind
Writing your first draft
As November unwinds.

If you don’t reach the monthly goal,
Don’t worry, you’re still a winner
To celebrate your daily word count
Why not go out with friends for dinner!

Come join your fellow WriMos
A story you must tell,
Write something new, revise something old
Break the rules and rebel!.

The pressure’s on, the steaks are high
To get those precious words penned down
You’re not alone in your writing stride,
For writers hale from far and near,
You may find some in your own home town.

Will you come along with me,
My beloved writing friend
And join this challenge in November?
The furious writing doesn’t end
Until the first day of December.

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NaNoWriMo update number 4,Keep adding words, though you don’t win

Hello everyone,

Today I am bringing you my Nano update a day late, because in the US, yesterday was Thanksgiving, and I wanted to spend the time with my family. However, without further ado, let me give you my personal NaNoWriMo WIP, which is 28286. Although I am over half way done with my novel, it is wise to note that I feel as if I am finally linking most of the pieces of my story together.

 

Now, for a bit of encouragement: We have one more week of NaNoWriMo left. If you have participated in NaNoWriMo, yet haven’t reached the 50k word goal, don’t worry. You are still a winner, because you have more words and more story than you had when the month started. Keep writing those words and enjoy the ride.

 

Even though some Nano participants say don’t go back and read your story, I say that you might want to, not to edit, mind you, but to fill in any gaps you find in your narrative.

 

Good luck with NaNoWriMo and happy writing. God bless each and every one of you.

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NaNoWriMo Update Number Three: How to take a Nano prep day in the Middle of the Month

Hey everybody in the blogosphere, today I have a personal NaNoWriMo update and a bit of advice for all you WriMos out there. As of today, I am up to 18,964 words on my NaNoWriMo manuscript, 1208 of which were written this morning. I have written the end of my novel, now I have to go back and fill in the rest of the story. However, I have also written a part of the epilog that will give me the spark I need to Segway into another mystery with these characters.

 

My advice for you today is to take a preparation day for your story. I know you only have 30 days to reach the overall 50,000-word goal, in order to win NaNoWriMo. However, there are going to be some days when you can’t think of a word to write for your story. When this happens, it’s best just to use the writing session you had planned to do some brainstorming for your novel. By this I mean ask some questions and talk about plot ideas you have to help move your story forward. Once you do this, either later that night or even the next day, something will trigger your creative muse, and the spark will ignite into a flame once more.

 

Let me explain how this happened to me. Yesterday, I racked my brain to come up with something to write. I did all the usual stuff, listening to podcasts, finding sounds on my echo dot etc., but nothing seemed to work. However, I opened up my journal and began the process of brainstorming for my novel. I spoke to a friend who is like a sister to me and told her the ideas I had, then I wrote them down. I also wrote down some questions to stimulate my brain into a creative mode. Nothing happened.

 

What happened to get me writing today? Well, here’s what added fuel to my creative fire. I sat at the table, eating a bowl of cereal and drinking a cup of Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha Latte coffee and “watching” an old episode of Perry Mason, when the idea for the ending chapter of my story just slapped me in the face. It seemed to say: “Write me! Write me now!”. After I cleaned up my breakfast dishes and the coffee pot, I came back in my space and went straight to work. This inspiration carried me through the ending chapter and the epilog.

 

If you have a day where you just can’t think of anything to write for your story, that’s okay, because you have to give your brain a break once in a while. I personally recommend a brainstorming day like I took yesterday. It works wonders for your story and your characters will thank you for it.

 

Now, for you WriMos out there, what do you do to combat writers block? Do you take a brainstorming day, simply plow through the toughest part of your story, or do you give your brain a break? Share your writer’s block tips in the comments below.

Until next time, happy writing and may the muse be with you.

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NaNoWriMo Update and a Pep Talk

Hello everyone,

The first full week of November is almost at an end, and if you’re like me, you’re over 12 thousand words deep into your story. If not, that’s okay too. Personally, I have had a couple of days (if you count today), where I was unable to come up with a thing to write. On Tuesday, I had a bit of an upset stomach which threw me off my creative course, and today I’ve been a bit tired and couldn’t think of a thing to write. However, you, like I, will have days where either the muse doesn’t visit you for whatever reason, or where you don’t physically feel like you can sit down and concentrate enough to write a single word. If this has happened to you, let me give you a bit of encouragement, you’ll be all right. You’ll eventually push through, whether you win or not.

 

This is the reason why I started a day early, so that I could make up for the day or so where I would be lagging for physical or creative reasons. If I don’t reach the 50 K word goal, that’s find with me, because I have won NaNoWriMo once, so winning isn’t my main reason for taking on this challenge. For me, this is an opportunity to give myself an excuse to start and flesh out a new story. I’ve started a few new things, yet I haven’t fully fleshed them out, so here’s my reason for seeing this threw in one month. As to the other stories that I’ve started and not finished, I’ll work on those later, but for now, Hidden Gems is the story vying for my utmost attention.

 

Let this be a word of advice to any new NaNoWriMo writers out there. No matter whether you’ve fail to reach the 50-thousand-word goal in thirty days or not, you’ve still started a new project and now you have the chance to give yourself the permission to flesh out your brand-new creative baby, so to speak. All I can suggest is that you keep pushing through the best you can and don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day of writing, no matter what the reason for not doing the work.

 

When I wrote my first Nano novel, entitled The Apple Wheel, in 2014, I felt as though I had to hurry up and get the 50 thousand words written before the month was over. Although I surpassed my goal, my story was literally all over the place. I told several stories and jumbled them up into one. At some point I will revise the novel and cut it down to size, so I can publish it as a middle grade mystery. The lesson I took away from winning my first NaNoWriMo challenge four years ago, was to get the words down on my computer screen. However, don’t think you have to win to succeed at this challenge.

 

I hope you take courage from my update and my story, because even if you fail to reach the overall 50k word goal, you’re still not a failure. You have taken the first step toward either becoming a writer or advancing your writing career. With four books under my belt, I can tell you that the accomplishment of getting your book published is an exciting and rewarding experience in itself, so get those words down and then come back and revise after a much-needed break.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my NaNoWriMo update and pep talk. I need to work on my story, so if you have a lesson you’ve learned in your writing, whether you’ve done NaNoWriMo or not, please share it in the comments below. Until next time, happy writing and God bless.

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Advice from a NaNo Rebel

Hello everyone, today I want to talk about my favorite time of year as a writer. This is National Novel Writing month (NaNoWriMo), which takes place throughout the month of November.

 

This year, I have awarded myself several personal badges, one of which is the rebel badge. Although NaNoWriMo rules say that you should start something new and fresh during the month of November, sometimes you need this time to work on something that you’ve already started. What difference does it make what you write, as long as you get your word count in? However, this is not the reason I call myself a rebel. I gave myself this badge, because I started working on my novel a day early. I couldn’t wait until today to start, so I started writing yesterday and by the time I went to bed last night, I was already over 3000 words into my novel. I wrote over 2000 today, thus far. As long as you don’t tell anyone on the forums that you’ve done this, I don’t see anything wrong with starting early. I heard of one lady on one of my Facebook groups that did her NaNoWriMo challenge in October, due to the fact that she had other commitments in November. She just kept up with her word count each day and filled the numbers in in November, so she could participate with everyone else.

 

This is not to say that you should or shouldn’t break the NanoWriMo rules, especially if you’re doing NaNoWriMo for the first time. Here’s a little advice for you. Don’t stress over making sure you reach the goal of 50K in 30 days. Yes, that’s the goal we all strive for, and you can win some awesome goodies if you do, but if you don’t finish your novel during the month of November, that’s okay too. This simply means that you have gotten further in your novel than you did before you ever decided to write. For me it’s not about winning the challenge, it’s about writing alongside hundreds of thousands of writers and getting inspiration from these writing friends in the forums when you’re stuck in the middle of a scene or chapter.

 

Before I go, there is one piece of advice that I heard on the Author Stories podcast episode where Hank Garner interviewed Jan Karon. This episode can be found at the following link:

https://hankgarner.com/episode-502-jan-karon-interview/

Ms. Karon said that if you let fear hold you back, you’ll never be able to write a word. I’ve found this to be true. I simply had to push my fear of rejection aside and sit down in front of my computer and write whatever came to my mind, before I could write my first story or blog post. So instead of finding reasons why you can’t write, just sit down, place your fingers on your keyboard or the pen in your hand and a piece of paper in front of you, and write whatever you want. I don’t care what you write, just write something as simple as the fact that you don’t know what to write. Once you get started and open up the flood gates, your story, essay, blog post, or whatever you long to write will take shape.

 

One final thought, don’t let your writing become stressful. Have fun with your story, and if it looks messy now, remember that you can go back and fix any problematic areas later. Just let the words come to you naturally, and even if you have to write fast to keep up with your muse, that’s better than having no story at all. Feel free to share your own writing progress or any thoughts you have about NaNoWriMo in the comments below.

 

Until next time, I’ve got to get back to writing, so I’ll update you next week. Happy writing and have fun with NaNoWriMo.