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NaNoWriMo Nebraska Elsewhere Write-in Schedule

NaNoWriMo Nebraska Elsewhere Write-in Schedule

NaNoWriMo time!

Hello all!  Thank you for the visit!  I have created a calendar that you can print out that has all the dates for the write-ins for the month.  I am so sorry I am late with this.  Things have been crazy but I really want you guys to win!

This is important, but I need you guys to tell me a few things.

  • One, what platform do you want our write-ins to happen on? facebook or youtube?
  • Two, do those times work for you guys for our regional write-ins?
  • Three, if you were interested in hosting a write-in, please contact me. Or message the facebook page.
  • Four, remember, we have forums you guys can use or our facebook page (which is linked down below!)
Important links

NaNoWriMo Write in schedule  You can download it!

Here are the links that will be having the write-ins on!

WordNerds Youtube channel

NaNoWriMo Youtube channel

Our facebook group

How do you keep track of your word count?

How do you keep track of your word count?

Just in time for NaNoWriMo, I thought that I would start sharing some helpful tips as we lead up to NaNoWriMo.   I am a lover of all things NaNoWriMo and I love to talk about it too!

So I think I will start with ways to keep track of your word count.  There are several way to do this and it is very much a personal style choice.  So here are just a few out of the many, many ways one can track a word count!

I will start off with what I shared in my post about my Writing Corner. I shared about my dry ease white board.  Last time I shared it, all it had was just my word count (in green).  But since then I have added blog posts, NaNoWriMo updates and a few other little things! 🙂  I find this way really helpful for two really big reasons: it’s bright and colorful and it’s visible for all to see!  🙂  It hold me accountable to all who can see the calendar – mainly my husband who tends to remind about my lacking word count!

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You can click to enlarge it!

Another way to keep track of your word count is via an online counter.  My most favorite one is StoryToolz. This has a lot to offer from word count meters to random conflict generators.  It’s extremely helpful for anyone from someone who just wants to keep track of his/her word count to someone who is stuck in the mist of writer’s block. Also, did I  mention that it has a widget that you can add to your blog? Like this one?
Click to view daily statistics

Another way to keep track of your word count is on an excel spreed sheet. NaNo-tracking-grid  I have had this one for a little while floating around on my computer.  To be honest, I can’t remember where I got it from.  I did not create this but I find it so helpful that I really want to share it.  It is really great for NaNoWriMo but you really could use it for pretty much all year around!

That seems to my top three ways of keeping track of your word count.  I hope you enjoyed it!  Please share it with a friend!

Until next time…

Coffee Date

Coffee Date
Coffee Date

If we were having coffee right now, I would be gagging.  Coffee is like the nastiest thing on the planet…   Hot chocolate on the other hand, now that is what is up! 🙂

I’m not a fan of coffee.  I don’t like the taste, the smell or anything else when it comes to coffee.  I’m the person who goes to the coffee shop and gets chocolate milk to go with my doughnuts!  (Dunkin Donuts for life!)

But if we were having coffee (well, you might be having coffee), I would have a cup of hot chocolate.  We might be visiting about all sorts of things.  If we were really close, I would be talking about my daughter’s first birthday (I even wrote her a letter) or how I can’t wait for Halloween.  I mean, who am I kidding, I am telling everyone about my love for Halloween!

If you were on of my writing minded friends, I would talk about NaNoWriMo.  Are you prepared?  Have you plotted anything out?  What region are you in?  What is your idea about?  Are you going to be involved in some write ins?  Which ones?  I would also ask how your other projects are!  I would also cheer you on about any achievements you have reached.  I would listen to any advice you have found online or something you learned about this week with eager ears!

If you were one of my mother friends, I would ask how your little on is and what they are up to these days.  I would listen to your stories about what trouble they had gotten themselves in and how you had to handle it!

Whatever friend you are to me, I would listen with an open ear to any problems you might have. Are you having trouble balancing life with work?  Is your child getting more stubborn within the last week?  Are you feeling forgotten?  Do you need a break to take a bath.  I am here for you (well, are close as I can be via the blog and the internet).

If we were having coffee, what would you ask me about?  What would you want to talk about? Tell me below!  🙂

Until next time…

August Wrap Up and a Game Plan to Fix it!

August Wrap Up and a Game Plan to Fix it!

Oh man, August flew by! I don’t know where the time went.  I now have an eleven month old tiny terror and it’s another month closer to NaNoWriMo!

August was a piss poor month for me when it came to writing.  My word count was 9649 FOR THE WHOLE MONTH! That is pathetic!  On top of that, I only wrote for a eleven days out of the whole month. I feel like a liar when I say that I am a writer! A writer writes everyday (or does something related to writing).  I only did it eleven day out of the month! I am just shocked by that!

So I have came up with a game plan. Like I mentioned before, NaNoWriMo is now even closer!  Like two months away! SO I need to work on getting my word count up.  Like a runner doesn’t run a marathon overnight, I need to train for this!  I got inspiration for this from here.  Emily suggested to to train in a two part series.

Part One: A short story of 12,500 words. (Or over) Easy peasy, right? Okay, sure. But do it in 12 days. (Yes, time frame is pretty much arbitrary. I didn’t say it was a logical challenge.)  – 

Adventures in Writing

So the first part is about writing a short story to get words on the page and get your whistle wet! Words can’t come out until you start taping the keyboard!

Part Two: After part one and a short rest period, say 4 days. Step it up to 25,000 words in 30 days. – 

Adventures in Writing

Part two is all about increasing your word count. It will take a month to do, (Maybe September?) It is something you need to stick with! 🙂

But what if this is too much for you to take on at once, well, I know for me and my busy life, I need to slow down a little bit (and by slow down, I mean take it easier than this).   For me, I get very limited window to get a lot of writing done, so I try so hard to get words down but if you are anything like me, sometimes you bite off more than you chew.

That is what happened it August. I put that I wanted to get 2000 words done a day but when I sat down to write, I became a deer in head lights!  I was so worried about how many words I was writing that I froze.  That is not what I writer does -freeze all the time.  A writer writes!  So I came up with this little plan!

I choose to start this little experience in September (I know I am crazy!).  To begin with, this plan will take almost six weeks to do.  Why?  It is all about conditioning your body and mind to write.  It takes time for you body to adjust and you really don’t want to set yourself up for failure! So here is the overview: (and remember, adjust this for your goals and what you are available to do!)

  • Week one – 500 words a day
  • Week Two – 750 words a day
  • Week Three – 1000 words a day
  • Week Four – 1250 Words a day
  • Week Five – 1500 words a day (Note to win NaNoWriMo on time you need at least 1667 words a day!)
  • Week Six – 2000 words a day

What do you think about this?  Do you think you can do it?  Or do you like Emily’s idea?  Let me know!  I love to help and I would love to help you guys, so let me know what I can do!

I’ll keep you guys updated on how it goes for me!

Until next time..

Municipal Liaison

Municipal Liaison
Municipal Liaison

So I while back I told you guys that I had applied to be a Municipal Liaison…..  Well, I heard back today about it…

My Municipal Liaison application has been accepted!!!

So this means I’m a ML this year!  I am so happy about it!  This is wonderful! I am so happy!  Okay, so it’s not a ‘paid position’ but it is important! I will be in charge of USA :: Nebraska :: Elsewhere with my co ML. I will be a ray of sunshine for fellow Nebraskan writers. I will be setting up write ins, pushing people to achieve their goals and some minor fundraising! So, you wanna join the fun? 🙂 Let me know! 🙂

I’m really excited and I can’t wait to make friends and share my love of writing! As I learn more about this process and what else I will be doing, I will keep you guys updated!  🙂

Until next time…

Short and Sweet

Short and Sweet

So life has been really busy and I haven’t been able to update this like I promised myself and you guys.  But I did get some writing done!  My daily average is about 300 words.  (I am a full time stay at home mom and I don’t often get a lot time for writing.)

Today, on the other hand, I got 1689 written!  It is so nice to see my word count grow!  For my non- NaNoWriMo word count goals, I often use this website for keeping track of my word count.  See?


Click to view daily statistics

If you didn’t notice, I also have my meter widget on my sidebar so you guys can watch it grow too!

I was planning on having this draft done by the end of the month, but I don’t see that happening.  So I pushed it back for the end of the September.  (My daughter’s first birthday is at the end of September, so I am hoping I can pull this off!)

I am also in the beginning of planning out my project for NaNoWriMo this year.  I have three (very different) plot ideas!  SO I need to pick one and then roll with it!

I’ll keep you guys posted!

Until next time..

Camp NaNoWriMo … for the win!

Camp NaNoWriMo … for the win!

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So, I just thought I would post a wrap up for the month of July…  I mean, nothing exciting happened or anything….

Are you kidding?  I won Camp NaNoWriMo!

Camp-Winner-2015-Twitter-Profile  Here it is….  My winner banner!  I am so happy!

It was my first time ever winning and it feels so good!

I aimed for 30,000 words.  I nail 32,162! I officially won on the 22 of July.  But I continued to write until the 31st!

Please note, plot wise, I am no were near done (I hope to finish the first draft by the 31st of this month!).  But it feels so good to have 32,000 words done!

I am just so happy!

Before Camp started, back in June I applied to be a Municipal Liaisons for my region.  My home region is USA :: Nebraska :: Elsewhere for anyone who is curious!  I am hoping to hear back about it soon!

So, for the next month, I’m going to be trying to get a lot of stuff written and I am aiming for my deadline of the 31!  I’ll keep you guys posted!

Until next time…

Finally! Sucess!

Finally! Sucess!

Okay, since I haven’t directly posted anything today and this is a late night post, please bare with me. I will fill you a little bit before getting to the meat of the post.

Almost every year since high school,  I have tried NaNoWriMo  (National Novel Write Month). Every year but last year (since I had a one month old and my husband was in a different state for training all of November.) And almost every year, I came up short or failed all together.

This was the first year I tried Camp NaNoWriMo. I tried in April but I bounced between projects  (I couldn’t settle on one project to work on) and I failed horribly!

This month was different. I had one clear cut project I was going to work on. I adjusted my goal to something i thought I could handle. I had plotted out about 95% of my plot. I had an almost clear idea on my opening and ending. I wrote my project in chronological order. I had an amazing software that helped me organize my thoughts and ideas.  And guess what? I kicked ass! I won Camp NaNoWriMo on July 22nd! I was so happy I danced around my house and I told everyone i know.

And then my mojo disappeared. The next day I couldn’t get a word out of my brain.  But I didn’t worry,  I was still living high off my win. Then the next day, nothing came out; and then the next day and the day after that nothing would come out. I stared at my screen. No words came out. So i thought i would shift focus for a little bit and work on my blog (which has been going along pretty well) but still no progress on my writing project.

And then today happened.  This morning, NaNoWriMo had a virtual write in. I only got maybe ten words done during that time but I was thinking about my project.  I was thinking on the plot, the characters and where I wanted to go. Then I had to go handle life, but it was no big deal. Then this evening the WordNerds had their virtual write in and I got more words done. I got almost 500 words done in the last hour of the write in. It was sweet.

After that I went for a walk and thought more about my plot and direct I wanted it to go. (I also thought more about my blog, but that’s for another time.) After I came home, i got to writing and working on my plot.

I GOT 676 WORDS WRITTEN TODAY.  Its not a lot but its a start. I have five days of zeros and seeing some numbers is an amazing, freeing feeling. I’m starting my climb again.

I’m so very happy. But it’s late and u have a ten month old I have to chance around in the morning. So good night!

Until next time…

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