Tag Archive for NaNoWriMo

Squeaky Chair Interviews – Josh Luukkonen

Josh Luukkonen Head ShotI had a chance to interview Josh after his success with NaNo. He is set to be a writer as he waits to become a teacher once more. NaNo is no easy feat and I certainly wish him luck in being a writer. Check out the interview of who he is, what he writes about, and lessons learned this year.

 

 

Read more

Official NaNoWriMo Winner

 

Winner-2014-Web-BannerNaNoWriMo2014 - Success

On November 16th, 2014, I officially over 50,000 words. My story, which will be turned into five books, was Daygar Legacy #1 – Templar Five. The story is about Vampires in the 14th century spreading a disease that is killing humans at an alarming rate and five knights of the former Templar Knights attempt to make a deal with the devil to try to win the war.

This was a challenging time. Mostly because of my disability, I couldn’t do as much as I wanted. I aimed to finish by the 14th like I did last year. I came close, but I was shy 2 days. I think that is still very impressive. Also, given that I am a science fiction writer and I am doing Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal, it was hard at times for me to write. Completely out of my comfort zone. As I wrote, I had to do additional research on the time period to get key facts correct.

I want to thank the creators of Write Monkey, as with their software, I was able to write my story despite my sensitivity to light. I dedicate my success this year to all those with disabilities, whether with Post-Concussion Syndrome, those with Traumatic Brain Injuries, or other disabilities that prevents someone from living they life they want. Writing was very hard for me, and the only way I did it was by forcing myself to do it, even if my brain wanted to give up. My reward is the next two weeks off.

With Thanksgiving coming up, and a few other special projects I am currently engaged in, I am taking a break from this blog. I will come back in December, hopefully to finish up my rivers on the worldbuilding tutorial. However, I will be limited in December. I plan to come back in full force in January.

Special thanks to Nicohle Christopherson for giving me emotional support during NaNo.

2014_winner_certificate

NaNoWriMo – End of the First Week & Tips

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileNaNoWriMo brings out the writers in all of us. All of us dream big and want to do something fantastic. Some is to show what we can do, others want to make something of work. Whatever the reason, we get together for the month of November and compete against ourselves to get 50,000 words within 30 days.

My progress? By Day 5, I got 21,173. I took the day off yesterday, as my disability got the best of me. Even now, I am still 6 days ahead. I intend to start up again and do 5k days until I get 57,204.

One of the most disheartening things I see, is people quitting early. Often, it is due to people putting a lot of stress on themselves, often over thinking their story or worrying about the wrong thing. I want people to succeed. Give my success last year and my probable success this year, I made a video that will reveal to anyone who wants to do better what I did to be so accomplished. Maybe my advice is for you, maybe it is not. I do believe it is worth a listen.

Countdown to NaNo – On Writing

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileOne of the unfortunate things about my disability is that it affects my ability to read. I can read words just fine, it is reading books that takes a bit out of me. Which is why I spent two days looking at Stephen King’s On Writing.

On Writing is an autobiography by Stephen King, but not in the tradition sense. It is a book dedicated to what made him a writer and what writing means to him. While he does go off on a tangent here and there, for the most part, it has a lot of good insight into the man and the craft.

 

Read more

Countdown to NaNo – Stranger Than Fiction

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileIn preparation for NaNo, I need to get back into a writer mindset. In the past I just read Stephen King’s “On Writing” and I was set. Due to my disability, I have to do a lot more work to do it. I actually did this yesterday, but ran out of time to write it up.

Stranger Than Fiction is one of my five favorite films of all time. It is a great movie that really explores writing, not a practical sense, but a mechanical one. It demonstrates a lot of the processes that we writers deal with, and some of the moral questions as well.

 

Read more

Countdown to NaNo — Introduction

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileNovember 1st is soon upon us, and it is time for NaNoWriMo. Already been a year… what a year it has been. I published one book, which has great reviews. I have met a great number of people who have given me fantastic support. I rubbed elbow with authors, and I now have a voice within the community. A small one, but it is there.

It was last years NaNo that convinced me to become an author once more. I didn’t just complete it, I annihilated it. 50,000 words in 14 days. Will I do it again? I don’t know. I know I’ll get 50,000 words. Maybe in 40 days, maybe in 10 days.

Read more

NaNoWriMo Brings you: Fantasy Pet Peeves

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo) is soon upon us and the forums are buzzing with posts about ideas people have, help others, discussing the written language, or sharing of their fears.

For me, NaNo is like the Little League World Series. Countries all over the world coming together to compete, except it is more like Golf, since this is more of an individual achievement than a team achievement. For some, it is a pathway to becoming a writer, others it is a hobby that is fun and challenging.

 

Read more

Book Review: How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn — Repost

Originally posted: Jan 20th, 2014
18135290

thecreativepenn.com

Find it on:
Amazon
Goodreads
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/

From what I can tell, I’m not the first to do a review on this book and so many have given great reviews. I’m not exactly breaking ground here in this review, but I do talk to a lot of starting writers who need a boost forward and this book is unknown to them. I hope that those writers visit my blog, so this review is for those who need a good starting point. And this book is that starting point. I do this review for anyone who hasn’t read this book because I think it deserves all attention it can get. Read more

Madness Blog-Con PC 14 – Jason M. Hough

Headshot3_smallThe best advice I can offer you in getting noticed is asking a lot of questions. This is more important during a panel than at a booth, but still applies. A number of writers I met recognized me because I asked questions during panels and they were like, “Hey, I remember you”. It also helps I was wearing a browncoats shirt… and who doesn’t like browncoats.

Today we visit Jason M. Hough.

 

Read more

IWSG – Community to the Rescue

IWSG badgeNormally I use this post to talk about something bad and depressing. To get through life, I try to ignore my bad feelings and concentrate on my writing. I use this one post a month to let out some of my pent up feelings and hope that others find use out of it.

This month, I am proud to present something positive instead.

Read more

%d bloggers like this: