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Y’all, it’s finally here! It’s November!! It’s time to write YOUR story!

And that means…it’s National Novel Writing Month!

Last year I heard of NaNoWriMo for the first time and was blown away to find this literary organization dedicated to helping people not only think about writing books but also breaking the idea of writing a book into tangible chunks of time. Or better yet, word counts.

First of all, let me say this…I participated in NaNoWriMo 2017 and it changed my life!

 

I went from wanting to write a book to a completed first draft of my memoir in 30 days!
30 days, Y’all!

 

You want to talk about overcoming limiting beliefs?!

I didn’t think I could do it, but, with the encouragement and motivation that I received from the support of other participants, I accomplished my goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days!

“Krystal, that sounds great for you, but what does that mean for me?”

Well, my friend, this means that you can write a book too.

 

If I can do it, you can do it!

 

Want to join me in the 2018 NaNoWriMo Challenge? Continue Reading…

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Here are all of the details you need to know:

Website: https://nanowrimo.org/

This is the link where you will sign up, get registered, announce your book idea, and track your progress every single day.

Not starting on Nov. 1st?

Don’t worry! There are a ton of people who get a late start and still finish their 50K words by 11/30! Don’t let something silly like missing a few days keep you from writing your story!

Their site is full of inspiration, motivation, and tons of tools to help you be set up for success in November!

  • Need help with writing ideas?

  • Need a pep talk?

    • Ever heard of Andy Weir, Dean Koontz, Neil Gaiman, James Patterson, Kate DiCamillo, or Lemony Snicket?

      • They have letters from all of these fantastic authors NaNoWriMo’ers and they want to see you succeed! 

“Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”
– What NaNoWriMo Is All About

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Okay, so I know you have an obvious question: “But what is the goal here? A Book in 30 days…What does that even mean, Krystal?”

Well, let me lay it out for ya:

 

OVERALL GOAL: Write 50,000 words in 30 days!

 

Basic Math Lesson:

50,000 words / 30 Days = 1,667 words per day!
That’s it!
That’s all it takes to write a book in 30 days!

 

Again…If I can do it, you can do it!

 

“So…what happens when you finish? You’re just finished?”

Well, yes…and so much more!

 

They reward you with badges!

This may sound like such a silly thing to get excited about, but it’s so much fun to get a new badge! 
Yes, I know they are only make believe little badges.
Yes, I know I ‘m not getting a badge in the mail with my name on it.
But it’s so much fun to get rewarded for my hard work, even if it’s only a digital badge!

 

You get to be part of a fantastic community!

Do you need other people surrounding you to keep you motivated?
Then you’re in luck! NaNoWriMo is all about community and encouraging others.
And while I don’t write fiction books (well, not yet anyway), I’ve been inspired by all of the questions and answers I’ve seen in our online communities.

  • How should I kill this character?
  • What prop should she use to turn the time machine on?
  • What’s a reason the man would give for being late to the party?

Y’all, there is profound encouragement in numbers! And knowing that there are thousands of people out in the interwebs clicking away at their computer at any given moment in November (possibly pulling their hair out too) encourages me so much!

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I even learned from other people on how to write.

I had never heard of people getting together for timed “word-sprints”. And yes, it’s exactly like it sounds. 

(If you need some other tips on getting started writing, check out my Creative Writing post.)

 

You ask someone to join you online, set a specific amount of time, and try to write as many words as you can. Honestly, I was a little intimidated to do word sprints with other people who seemed to be seasoned pros at this.

But now that I understand everything a little better, I’m going all in this year! So, watch out you word-sprinters you! I’m coming for ya this year!

 

You get to meet people from all over the world!

My Facebook group for NaNoWriMo includes people from literally all over the world. Last year, I’ve regularly talked to people in South Africa who were writing! It really helped when I was up early and they were in a different time zone!

 

You get to drink an INSANE amount of coffee!

Coffee motivates me. Or fuels me. And it encourages me to live this crazy life with a husband, 3 kids, and a dog.

But when NaNo comes around, the temperature has slightly dropped (I mean, I do live in Texas and it ain’t snowing or anything!), but that means Mama can drink her hot coffee all day long! Boom-Shaka-Laka! 

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One last reason why you should 2018 NaNoWriMo…

 

It’s ALL I’m Going to Be Talking About in November!

 

If you follow me on social or the blog or the podcast, you’re going to hear lots…and I mean LOTS about Writing!


Y’all, writing is the first love in my business.

It’s what has opened my heart and soul. It’s given me some amazing opportunities. And it feeds me creatively to keep going with all of the other crazy ideas I have!

If you’ve been looking for the opportunity or motivation to write your book…

Here it is!

I’m staring at you right in the face and I’m ready to motivate the words right out of you!

So join me in this crazy writing adventure! Come on…what are you waiting for?

Enjoy these quotes from past NaNoWriMo participants for some extra motivation and inspiration:

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“Don’t worry about what you’re writing or whether it’s good or even whether it makes sense.”
― Lauren Oliver

 

“Don’t be offended if you encounter some good-natured ribbing; the idea of writing a novel in a month deserves to be laughed at.”
― Chris Baty

 

“It’s not always about writing more words or drinking more coffee. Sometimes getting to the end of a novel simply takes remembering that the world is more complicated than we know, and then sticking some of those complications into the story.”
― Scott Westerfeld

 

Keep it up, Rookies! We all have to start somewhere!

– Krystal

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