It’s that time of year again and writers all over the world are gearing up for another crack, or their first crack, at NaNoWriMo. For those that don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every nation in the world is invited to this online event in November and it’s free. The aim of the game is to teach all writers, whether new or old, to get into the habit of sitting down each day and writing. This is because one of the biggest hurdles a writer has to face is the one of distraction. The aim is to … Read More
This is one of the most important and at the same time, hardest parts of being a writer. For your professional development, and mental health, I thoroughly recommend getting yourself out there and joining a group of writers. One of the toughest lessons I’ve learned in becoming a writer is that nobody else – and I mean nobody – is as excited about your writing as you are. But other writers come a close second. If you join a group, you can get helpful advice, critical feedback, comradeship, motivation, sales and more. Here are a list of places you can … Read More
Up until recently I thought Writer’s block was some fable that happened to less creatively inspired writers. I had my story flow for the whole first novel and beginning of the second. I thought how hard can it be? You know your story, otherwise you wouldn’t be writing it. Right? Then along came NaNoWriMo and God forbid, I discovered the blank-eyed monster is real.
Last night I attended a wonderful event put on by the local librarians, writers, publishers and editors from the Southern Region team at NaNoWriMo. I almost didn’t make it due to a currently failing attempt at my Nano word count ( an abysmal 23k), and after a recent illness, death in the family and holiday, I feared it was just all over for me. But after I received the reminder to attend the event, I knew that I couldn’t leave the organisers in the lurch – they’d volunteered so much of their time to make the night the best they … Read More
Nanowrimo is in full swing, and I seem to be keeping up to date but there are a few things that help me along the way. I’m a graphic designer so I like to make pretty posters to stick up on my pin board in front of my work station. These are quick reference guides that help me avoid stopping the flow to look up appropriate words or ideas. The latest creation comes in my Ultimate Novel Editing Kit (you can get the whole thing for free by signing up to my newsletter, or purchase it at my Etsy store). … Read More
So I’ve just signed up for NaNoWriMo this year – its two weeks away. EEK. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month – It’s actually International. The aim of the game is to pump out a first draft of a novel in 30 days. That’s a lot of writing and a lot of prep. If you sign up, there’s heaps of help, inspiration and friends online to help you out. You won’t be doing it alone, and guaranteed there will be an area near you where you can meet up with other WriMo’s.