Tuesday, November 5, 2019

November is National Novel Writing Month!

Happy November & NaNoWriMo 2019! 

"You either start now, or it is not going to happen for you, and you are going to wake up at seventy years old (or eighty, if they are already seventy) filled with sorrow that you let your dream, your passion, gift, fall by the wayside. You start now, as is.” 

"For now—as is—out of practice and with only the vaguest idea what your story is about, describe one small piece of it for us, now, today, the best you can."
"Set the habit. One hour, or one page, one passage, one day at a time. Victory! Go get ‘em."
-Anne Lamott, Writer Pep Talk for NaNoWriMo 2019, www.nanowrimo.org 

This is my fourth year participating in NaNoWriMo, but the first year I'm tackling two novel drafts. So, keep the coffee brewing and the pep talks coming, as I'm going to need plenty of caffeine and encouragement to keep the words flowing! 

My first novel is the YA steampunk fantasy I've had in the works since spring of this year. My goal is to increase the story by another 20k words. My second and newest work-in-progress is women's fiction with romance, wanderlust, mystery, and a touch of magic. With only the scrawny bones of an outline, I'm starting from scratch with it and hoping to gain 20k words by month's end.

For readers who know me in 'real life,' you know that I'm a Mom of two. My writing time, like that of most writers, has to be scheduled. For me, it means carving out time when no one else is awake or at home, and planning solo visits to the library or local coffee-shops. It's hard not to feel guilty when doing so, but in order to honor my commitment to NaNoWriMo and meet my writing goals, it must be done. And so, I look back to Anne Lamott's inspiring words to get down to business. The business of following my dreams. 

"Set the habit. One hour, or one page, one passage, one day at a time. Victory! Go get ‘em."

Thank you for visiting my Author Blog! Be Fearless in your goals, & Have an Inspired day. 

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