10 Things You Should do Today

Goal setting, Inspirational, Novels, Writing, Writing: The Process
In case you haven't noticed,Nanowrimo has refreshed and opened its forums, though the full site isn't quite ready yet. With this news in mind, I've made up a list of ten things you should do today--or at least this week--to prepare for Nanowrimo. After all, you want to make the most of the experience, and have maximum fun time. 1~ Sign up or log into Nanowrimo. Check out all the pretty new participant icons. I swooned so much I had to show my boyfriend. Even he agrees that the participation icons are prettier. Or maybe he just said it to please me; I imagine he really hates Nanowrimo with all the attention he doesn't get. Anyway. Go update your account information. 2~ Make friends. Go check out the forums belonging…
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Goal setting, Inspirational, Novels, Writing, Writing: The Process
Staples Business Depot would like us to believe that August and September make up the most wonderful time of the year. Most people seem to believe that Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. And then there are a few hundred, maybe even a few thousand strange people that are convinced that October and November, especially November, are the best time of the year. Why is that? Well, it's simple. November is National Novel Writing Month. Each year in November, thousands of people gather both on the interwebs and in real life, all with the same goal: to write 50, 000 words or a first draft of a novel. They gather on forums and in chat rooms. There are local Nanowrimo groups in hundreds of cities around the world…
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Staying Motivated When Life Interrupts

Goal setting, Inspirational, Journalling, Short Fiction, Workshops, Writing
The last couple of weeks have marked the beginning of school for many of us. Personally I'm very excited to begin the new school year, knowing that it moves me one step closer to graduation and from there I can begin the rest of my life. I'm also excited because I've got some great classes this semester--particularly Aboriginal Studies and Law--but all the excitement in the world doesn't stop me from catching sick. Which is, unfortunately, what happened to me last week. I spent most of the weekend in bed, so this is a very short post. Despite my sickness and not getting much done--I managed to forget my school binder at a friend's house on Friday evening because I was so out of it--I did manage to write a…
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The Pros and Cons of Word Count Goals

Goal setting, Novels, Writing
Those of you who have been with me for a while already know that I'm an active Nanowrimo participant and advocate. I've participated in Nanowrimo six times, and the event has really changed my life. I wrote my first first first draft of a novel during Nanowrimo when I was eleven. It gave me confidence that yes, I could write a novel, and yes, I could finish a novel. I went out to events with my mother, who's also participated a few times, and I made lots of friends. I've written up to 300, 000 words in the month of November. And I've always had fun. I've also attempted Nanowriye three or four times, and this summer I signed up for CampNanowrimo. But I've discovered that word count goals, as…
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