NaNoWriMo Motivation – Day 12

Day 12: We’re nearing the halfway mark of our month long writing marathon. And if you’re like me, the sun, moon, and stars have not aligned properly every day, making it a challenge to get to those 1,667 words each day. Most days I’ve hit at least 1,000 words, but mostly I fail to make that magic number.

Still, I keep at it. Because while I’ve failed to reach the mark more days than I’ve succeeded so far, I keep pushing. I show up to my Scrivener document everyday. Some days the words pour out and my allotted writing time ends before I’m ready for it. Other days I look around wondering just what in the hell I’m doing and I want to pull my hair out by my ponytail.

And still. I show up. I have the same hope I do each time I start because I never know when that one sit down will be the one that the words break through. I fail, but I try again. And I keep that fire burning, even if some days I’m left with nothing more than embers.

Show up. Write the words. As Nora Roberts has famously said, “You can fix anything but a blank page.”

Now go write!!

Today’s Count: 20,004 words

Happy Writing!



NaNoWriMo Motivation – Day 11

Day 11: There’s something magical about writing and being able to say you want to be a writer. But there’s a reason why many talk about it, but not everyone does it. The old adage, “if it were easy, everyone would do it” certainly applies here.

Writing is not easy. It’s a solitary venture, with only our thoughts and characters for company. We twist ourselves inside out trying to find the right words to tell the story that’s in our hearts and dominating our minds. Writers are egotistical and yet insecure, all at the same time. We have to be both as we bare our souls and look to entertain or educate.

We need to have that thick skin that sometimes we simply lack. Because that is the one intangible tool in our arsenal that can make us great.

If you’ve made it here, on day 11, keep trucking. With each word you write, you bare your soul more, but know that your words are needed. And develop that thick skin so that someday those fantastic words that are weaved into a story will make it out into the world one day.

Today’s Count: 18,337 words

Happy Writing!


NaNoWriMo Motivation – Day 10


Day 10: Fear. It’s the other four letter F-word. It’s a word that prevents dreams from materializing and has brought down nations. But what if fear has been receiving a bad rap for all these years?

It can be a powerful motivator, both good and bad.

But what makes it bad for some, while good for others? I say it’s all in perspective. Are you a glass half empty or half full sort of person? How you perceive and react to fear is different for each of us. Fear can actually move people to act. If a loved one dies unexpectedly, some are fearful they haven’t done enough with their own lives and set out to make changes to live life to the fullest. On the other hand, some are so scared about not doing enough with their lives that they freeze and end up doing nothing. It’s all in how you look at the situation presented to you.

If you’ve started this writing journey called NaNoWriMo, you’ve taken the first step in conquering fear. Keep taking those steps, even if you aren’t in the lead. You have to keep pushing and putting one foot in front of the other if you plan to cross the finish line.

So make fear your bitch and keep writing!

Today’s Count: 16,670 words

Happy Writing!


NaNoWriMo Motivation – Day 9


Day 9: So if you’ve been able to keep up with your word count, you should be around the 15,000 word mark. As of right now, I sit at 10,457 words. I’m a bit behind the eight ball, but I’m not really worried about it.

Why? Because while I’m going to do my best to hit the 50K mark by November 30th, I’m excited about the habit I’m forming every day. And the ideas that are forming and that I’m fleshing out. Since I’m a little handicapped this year (broken fingers make for a challenge typing), I’m focusing on planting those seeds every day even if I’m not harvesting 1,667 words each day. I know that eventually they will grow and I will have a book at the end.

The point of Nano is to not give up once you start. Because you will only have a full manuscript if you plant those seeds each day.

Now go write!

Today’s Count: 15,003 words

Happy Writing!



NaNoWriMo Motivation – Day 7

Day 7: Today’s quote isn’t from a writer, but from one of the forefathers in business and entrepreneurship. Someone who knows how to keep going when things start to fray at the edges.

Henry Ford knew what it took to fall down, lag behind, but pick himself up and keep moving. That kind of perseverance is the bedrock of getting those words in every day during Nanowrimo. The words don’t have to be great now, they can be great later. But if you never get them down, they will never reach their potential.

Greatness is earned, not given. So keep earning your greatness. Believe in yourself. GO WRITE!

Today’s Count: 11,669 words

Happy Writing!


NaNoWriMo Motivation – Day 6


Day 6: I try to keep a notebook with me at all times. This is especially important during NaNo. Keeping something handy to get your thoughts down when you have them is a small but effective way to get those words in for the day. If a notebook isn’t feasible, try using the notes or notepad feature on your smartphone. You can then download this later into whatever processor you’re writing with, be it Word or Scrivener or another program.

Today’s Count: 10,002 words

Happy Writing!


NaNoWriMo Motivation – Day 5

Day 5: Leave the inner editor in its cage. What you write during NaNo is a first draft. Your ideas, your thoughts. Even well plotted, planned out thoughts will need improvement later. There’s a time and place for the editor to come out and play. But during the month of November, leave the editor alone. It will have plenty to do after November 30th!

Just write.

Today’s Count: 8,335 words

Happy Writing!


NaNoWriMo Motivation – Day 4

Day 4: Writing is hard. A writing marathon is even harder. But it doesn’t have to be a terrible experience. Have some fun with it. Experiment, write outside the box. Sometimes going in another direction can refill that creative well.

And to get to the finish line, you need to refill on the daily!

Today’s Count: 6,668 words

Happy Writing!


NaNoWriMo Motivation – Day 3

Day 3: We’re starting to settle in now. Regardless of whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, writing is a journey and an adventure. Keep writing and see where it takes you!

Today’s Count: 5,001 words

Happy Writing!


Four Must Haves for Your NaNoWriMo Sanity First Aid Kit

It’s here! It’s here! NaNoWriMo 2017!

The last few days I’ve shared some tips and questions to help you get in the right frame of mind to start this marathon writing adventure.

In case it isn’t obvious, I love NaNoWriMo. A bunch of writers getting together virtually, or physically if you have an active local write in, to tackle the Great American Novel. Twitter is all aflutter with several hashtags for writing sprints and all types of camaraderie. It always reminds me how great the writing community is, regardless of what we write.

And reminds me that this crazy, gargantuan challenge is worth it and that I’m not alone.

But let’s not kid ourselves. It is a daunting undertaking and not for the faint of heart.

Then again, writing itself is not for the faint of heart!

Like any well-prepared individual facing the prospect of a fierce storm, I created a NaNo sanity preparedness kit for myself.

These four items are my staples. Other things come and go, but I always keep these things in stock:

Coffee: The nectar of the gods gets me going every day. Since I drink it black, I’m a bit picky about what I drink. It helps that my daughter works for Starbucks, so I get good coffee for a deep discount. I have a Keurig machine and a Ninja drip coffeemaker but in November I stick with the Ninja simply because I can make a whole pot at once. No need to wait around for every cup of coffee I want. And frankly, I drink too much coffee to make using K-cups a viable financial option.

Candy: Whoever decided November should be National Novel Writing Month knew the power of sugar and how easy it would be to obtain. All you have to do is raid the kids Halloween bag! A piece of good dark chocolate makes me happy and happy makes the words flow. I’m partial to a fun size bag of Skittles as well.

Cheerleader(s): Some writers drink coffee, some tea. But I don’t know any writer that doesn’t need a cheerleader. Stringing a series of sentences together to tell a story is hard. Not to be taken lightly. You’re going to need someone (or two) to help you through getting this done. They don’t necessarily have to be a writer themselves, just someone that will wave those poms-poms and do some cartwheels (not literally, of course) telling you how awesome you are and to keep going.

Love: You need love in abundance for the month of November. Love for yourself and love for your story. Even with cheerleaders, at the end of the day, this challenge is on us. Only we can love our stories and ourselves enough to finish our stories and win NaNoWriMo.    

You may feel like the words suck. Or the words might be brilliant. But either way, get the words on paper and finish the story. Stories in and of themselves are magic. So get all that power down on paper in the form of words.

You can let that inner editor out of its cage on December 1st.

Happy Writing!


Do you have any staples youuse during NaNoWriMo? What helps you through the marathon? Share it here!