Monday Must-Reads [11.13.17]

How to Keep Going When Your Goals Seem Impossible (& A #NANOWRIMO UPDATE)

How to Keep Going When Your Goals Seem Impossible (& A #NANOWRIMO UPDATE)

We're eleven days into November and National Novel Writing Month.

A lot of writers get behind right around now or (like me) maybe you never got started for whatever reason.

For me, it was already being behind on a ton of things plus getting sick and then both of my kids getting sick one right after the other, plus last-minute editing work (which I was thankful for, actually).

So it’s been almost a month of dealing with all that, and, honestly, feeling like I’ve been behind the entire year.

Monday Must-Reads [11.05.17]

Monday Must-Reads [10.30.17]

My Absolute Best Tips for Outlining Your Novel & Creating a Story That Works

My Absolute Best Tips for Outlining Your Novel & Creating a Story That Works

Whether you’re in this November or not, I have some amazing tips for you today all about story structure and outlining your next novel.

NaNoWriMo has snuck up on me once again.

I thought I had at least a week left to put something together, but nope! We are less than a week away from November 1st. I have lots of ideas on paper and in my head but nothing super concrete yet, so I am now in scrambling mode because I definitely want to take part.

November is one of my favorite parts of the year because of this 50,000 word challenge and how much progress I can make in just 30 days :)

But it's important you go in knowing what you're doing story-wise.

top Resources on Outlining & Story Structure

First, I want to share four favorite resources for story structure and outlining (thanks to my friend, Thomas, for pointing out an extra one!).

Monday Must-Reads [10.23.17]

Why You Should Totally Do #NaNoWriMo This Year (And What You Need To Do Now To Be Ready)

Why You Should Totally Do #NaNoWriMo This Year (And What You Need To Do Now To Be Ready)

Whether you’ve already announced it to the world that you’re all in this November or you just stumbled onto NaNoWriMo and what it is and you’ve never written anything before, I’m going to share with you:

  • why you should definitely consider participating this year
  • why NaNoWriMo is awesome, and
  • what you should be doing to start strong on November 1st.

I first did NaNoWriMo in 2011. If this isn’t your first time with me, you’ve probably heard this story before.

I was student teaching, I was about seven months pregnant, and I was in college. It was my first time writing a book, finally, after tons of false starts, and I did it.

I wrote 50,000 words and crossed the finish line. That book was complete garbage, but it was the beginning for me and how I eventually became an indie author.

After 2011, I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo again until 2014. I was a teacher during that time. Enough said.

But ever since 2014, I’ve written 50,000 words each November to create a 4-year streak now.

Which I didn’t even know about until the NaNoWriMo people sent me an email, like, are you signing up this year or what because you’ve got this 4-year streak going on? So how can I not do it now, right?

More about that later. First I want to talk about why you should totally do NaNoWriMo this year.

Monday Must-Reads [10.16.17]

My Plan for Finally Becoming a Six-Figure Author

My Plan for Finally Becoming a Six-Figure Author

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on something new with my YA fiction.

But what’s really exciting is that, for the first time ever, I’m going into this writing project with some specific business goals and an entirely new mindset.

If you’re in the same boat as me, where you’ve been in this indie publishing game for a few months or a year, and you’re still not seeing the sales that you want, then stick around because you’ll definitely find this helpful.

Monday Must-Reads [10.09.17]