30 Days, 30 Posts: NaBloPoMo is here!

If I weren’t already doing NaNoWriMo 2013, I’d do this…maybe I’ll try for both? Cheat a little and include reblogs…;)

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There’s a lot of buzz each November around NaNoWriMo — you may notice some of your favorite blogs dedicating themselves to churning out 50,000 words this month.

If 50,000 words seem like 49,000 too many or you’re more interested in blogging than writing a book, NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month — might be your speed: a challenge to post once every day for the entire month of November. No theme, no word count, no rules; just you, your blog, and 30 new posts.

NaBloWhatNow?

NaBloPoMo started in 2006 in response to NaNoWriMo; not every blogger has the time or inclination to write a book, but the idea of a challenge that forces participants to stretch themselves, grow as bloggers, and be part of a supportive community is undeniably appealing. As founder Eden Kennedy, the power blogger behind fussy.org, put it:

If there’s one thing creative people…

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Book II in the works

Yesterday I attended the Kickoff of NaNoWriMo 2013 and decided what I’ll be writing during November.

Book cover with flying bird
Cover for my next book subtitled The 12 Days of Christmas

Last year I wrote the first draft of the first book, The Kailley Chronicles: The 2012 Prophesies Begin. This year, the working title of Book II is The Twelve Days of Christmas. The goal of NaNo (short for National Novel Writing Month) is to write at least 50,000 words in one focused month. Last year, I’ll free admit that I “cheated” by copy-n-pasting large chunks of a book-in-progress that I’d been working on since 2002. This year won’t be a cheat…other than character profiles and some sketchy chapters and story arc, it’ll all be from scratch!

Wish me luck…the clock starts ticking once Halloween is over!

Almost there (NaNoWriMo 2012)

NOTE: No time like the present…you just have to double up on the word count!?! Good luck…:)

Cristian Mihai

A couple of days ago I remembered that I’m a writer. Or at least, I’m supposed to be. I haven’t written a word of fiction in about three weeks. Yeah, with NaNoWriMo and my plan to participate, and I still didn’t manage to get a single word down until a few days ago.

Why?

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Just Write …for NaNoWriMo…

Just Write (timed writing exercise, 11/6/12, 377 words in 10 mins)

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Whenever you get the urge to write something you should begin in earnest and not let up until you have exhausted the inspiration that started it. Once in awhile, you might get an idea. Run with it and see how far that goes and where it may lead.

Be fearless in your writing. The written word is indeed powerful but you might strangle the core idea if you try to parse it into something less than what you believe it should be. You may be talking about something politically or emotionally charged. You may be advocating for something that would shock your family and friends. They probably won’t see your writing, unless you let them. Know and trust this internal inspiration as coming from the font of all good things.

When you write in the way that you are inspired to do, nothing and no one can or should stop you. Set a time for writing and stick to it. It should be just like a job that someone else would be willing to pay you to do. And, it can be that. You could be paid by someone to write for them. But, even if no one literally pays you for your writing, you should take pride in this accomplishment.

Valuing what you have to say is probably the single most important thing to bring your writing ideas to life on a page for someone else to read. Remember that every book, magazine, text, web content or advertisement started as an idea in someone’s head and made it onto a page through its being written down to be shared. Nothing that you read anywhere at any time comes from out of the blue; it comes from someone writing it down.

Believe in your ability to capture this Genie in a Bottle and putting it in black and white. Write long hand, short hand, in pieces or as a volume, it doesn’t matter. It does matter than you take this initiative and just do it. And, be happy that you have. Save the editing and rethinking for a separate session. All that matter is the capturing of the idea in written form. All that stands between you and your completed work is your willingness to do this.

Update to NaNoWriMo

After a full four days and a whole weekend, I’ve yet to break the 4000 word barrier! I should be doing about 1700 per day, and won’t get 50K done until the end of the year at that rate.

New cover…let me know if you like it better than the previous version.

Kailley Chronicles Book One, Cover Concept #3

I’m Doing NaNoWriMo 2012!

NOTE: This is my first year too…although I refrain from saying it is an attempt, which is second cousin to “try”! Do or do not, there is no try…

Words Can Break Hearts

This year I will actually be attempting NaNoWriMo 2012. For those of you who don’t know what this means, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is where people around the world commit to writing a novel of 50,000 words in 30 days. I’ve been wanting to have a go at this for a few years now but didn’t have the confidence. This year however, I’ve decided to give it a go!

I’ll admit I was a bit late to start with this, I only remembered it started on November 1st last night at around 10pm so at the moment I’ve only written 600 words. Still it’s a start! I will hopefully be making up for this today, cramming in a couple of thousand words. The aim is to write about 1700 words a day.

The big question was what to write about? Well, I have tentatively put that…

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Kailley Chronicles NaNoWriMo Challenge

There was a 2012-inspired fictional volume that I started planning…and writing about…almost 10 years ago. Shame on me, it’s already two months away from the end of 2012 and it’s still not written! So, I’m committing to creating the first of three planned volumes during this month…50K or bust! It’s called The Kailley Chronicles: The Prophesies Begins, more about that on my Novel Info page.

My Response to the NaNoWriMo Challenge Kailley Chronicles

The Kailley Chronicles: The Prophesies Begin (Book 1 of 3)

I’m new to this challenge. I first came upon it a couple years ago, and even though I write, it’s mostly when the mood strikes (“Moods are for loveplay!”). I’ve been a technical writer for a very long time and often say that I’m a lucky writer who gets paid, well, for what I love to do.

Over the past two decades, I’ve created fan fiction, two spec screenplays for Star Trek: Next Generation (and submitted, but not accepted), started at least a dozen different novels, and currently getting ready to release a nonfiction spiritual self-help book later this year. This book has been in the works for years and I already have material for the next one. But, I’d like to write some fiction, so I’ve final chosen between several ideas I’ve got on my desk.

There was a 2012-inspired fictional volume that I started planning…and writing about…almost 10 years ago. Shame on me, it’s already two months away from the end of 2012 and it’s still not written! So, I’m committing to creating the first of three planned volumes during this month…50K or bust! It’s called The Kailley Chronicles: The Prophesies Begins, more about that on my Novel Info page.

I will have a month to accomplish the NaNoWriMo Challenge of 50,000 words or more.