3 Steps to #Winning #NaNoWriMo!

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In fact, let me change that to — How to Win NaNoWriMo in 3 (non) Easy Steps! Which, if truth be told, is much more appropriate. Nothing in life worth going for is ever easy.

How to Win NaNoWriMo in 3 (non) Easy Steps!

Disclosure: I’m by no means an expert, but I won by writing 50,000 words in the month of July during #CampNaNoWriMo (find that post here).  I plan to do it again during this November’s 30 day stint over at the main site NaNoWriMo.

Oh, and a heads up – this post is hardly a quickie. Take your time and really savour the moment with this one.

So, any tips?

  1. Grab  yourself a writing buddy!

Seriously, chaps, this is the clincher for me. Writing can be a solitary and lonely profession if you let it — especially if you live among wruggles (my version of muggles but those with an aversion to pens, not wands). The support of other writers is tantamount to winning! Miss this at your peril

Where to find other writers online?

There are lots of writing communities online with forums where you can meet other like-minded people. Just Google writing forums.

Writing buddies are good to keep you on track, they stay supportive, don’t mind when you vent, and best of all they understand what you’re going through. Listen to them. Help each other out. Before long you’ll see the magic appearing on your page — in full on plotter style.

((Waves to Amy and Devon!))

You can also mingle with other writers on Social Media. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are great places to get started. Look out for those who share the tags #amwriting #amediting #author #authorlife. Honestly, there are heaps of writing tags out there. #WriterWednesday is another one. Appropriate, considering what day it is. 😀



2. Write every day!

Okay, this is easy to say, but not as easy to do. Don’t forget, during  NaNoWriMo you need to reach 50,000 words in 30 days. I break that down to 1,667 words a day. But you also need to be aware of days you know you’ll be unable to write. Like having a day out with your family or friends. There will also be days where you’re going to have unexpected interruptions stopping you from writing. Don’t beat yourself up about this. Just accept it for what it is (a minor irritation), take it in your stride and push harder the next day.

Have a pen and paper with you at all times. Jot things down as and when they spring to mind. Usually at the most inappropriate moments. Don’t let this happen to you. Always have a notepad to hand. Be prepared to catch your thoughts, like a dreamcatcher catches dreams.

Plus, I find this is great for when you sit at your computer and go to write, as you always have something written down, which can start off a good day of writing – Tommy Cooper style. Just like that! It’s already there in your notebook, so not much effort is needed to get started

From: Black Adder the Third (TV Series) Season 1, Episode 5 Amy and Amiability (1987)

I Have a Cunning Plan, M’Lord

3. Plan Your Writing Time Ahead!

“Fail to plan and you plan to fail!” I’m not too sure who said this. But I like it.

It’s October now, so go through the month of November on a calendar and work out if you can see any days in November where you are NOT going to meet your daily writing goal.  For example, I have a lot of family birthdays in November and expect quite a few hangovers. Then there’s the pre-Christmas celebrations…  Anyway, know in advance there’s not lot you can do about this, except perhaps live your life like a hermit (not advisable). Therefore, my best advice for peeps with a busy life, is to mark these days happily with a big fat zero on a calendar.

Then — now this is the biggie — work your word count goal out by dividing it by the number of days you have left to write.  This should give you a realistic daily word count goal. Although, in the big mad rush to get finished, and during that busy time in November leading up to Christmas, nothing is set in stone, but a guideline will always help to smooth away some fears and harsh edges

Always have a plan, my friends. Always have a plan. Think Baldric from Blackadder, and take a leaf out of his book and have a cunning plan, m’Lord.

Until next time, take several super, planned hugs,


P.S. Here’s my NaNoWriMo profile link if you’d like to follow my progress (and perhaps have a good laugh at my expense), or maybe add me as a writing buddy, so you can really goad me — I’m all yours.

P.P.S.  I have won NaNoWriMo before, but I used to forget my passwords and create new accounts under different names just because it was easier. Now I wish I hadn’t. I love my stats. I wish I had all of them (the wins and the fails from previous years) all neatly stacked up in a nice orderly fashion. But alas, that was not meant to be. You live and learn, chaps. Live and learn.

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PATREONbannerHi Everyone!

September just flew by, and now October is here I am deep into November’s NaNoWriMo preparation. So deep, in fact, I can hardly see my desk it’s so full of notes, and files, and pictures of what I think my characters look like as I’m writing. It might be messy, but I know where everything is!  Tidy it up? I won’t be able to find anything.

Now, I have to admit, this is a new project, as I realised, after ‘winning’ at #CampNaNoWriMo in July, I had written 50,000 words of The Girl Who Broke The Rules with no prep. Looking back, that was an error on my part.  Once I started I had no real direction. I had a lot of scenes that I wanted, but in no particular order!  Of course,  lot of that can be sorted during editing, and I will go back to it soon.


However, knowing what I know now I am determined to do more planning in advance so I can keep the next 50,000 words in better order. You live and learn as they say!

This is partly why I created a Patreon page. To get more organised. To treat my writing more like a business. And to dedicate myself to fulfilling my writing goals, whilst bringing you stories, poems and treats that I hope you will love. You’ll see everything I’m working on, as I write it.  And what’s more I welcome reader participation with open arms.

But most of all it’s a fabulous way to gift those who have very kindly shown their generosity and chosen to support my creativity — with some fun rewards! It’s my way of saying the biggest THANK YOU for your awe-inspiring recognition of my work.

It’s also extremely encouraging!

Now, I won’t keep harping on about it, but I would like to explain briefly how Patreon works, especially for those of you of which this could be a totally new concept.

Creative folk, like artists, musicians, and writers (stands up and waves – that’s me!) can create new work, and with support of Patrons (fans) pay a small subscription of their choice in exchange for exclusive experiences & behind-the-scenes content.

I’m new, but I already have reward levels set up for my Patrons:

  • $1, is the “You’re AMAZING” support level
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Come back soon… Hugs,

Yep, that's me!


3 Steps to Survive the After Effects of #CampNaNoWriMo When You Need More Words – Military Style

or Three Steps to Heaven

Which drag you through hell first…

New Month New Writing Goal?

Pic Credit: Angelika Devlyn

Okay, so you’ve written 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo or CampNaNoWriMo. Am I right in thinking most of you are now looking at you manuscript and wondering what the fuck that was all about, (where did all that come from?) and what on Earth, (or hell) do I do now with this pile of nonsense?

Am I? Am I? Please tell me I am…

Well, those of you who are, I’m pleased to tell you that’s the norm! But what if you’ve got more words to go, like say another 20 – 30 thousand (Yikes!) more super words to reach a full length book of 70,000+ . [Have a stiff drink, and I’ll come back to you in a minute, when its had time to work its magic and calm you down].

Well, if you’re one of the lucky ones writing a novella of 50,000 words or less, then you can just jump right in and start editing. Easy, right? LOL

But for those of us (myself included) who need those extra 20-30k words, and the NaNoWriMo sprint has passed, we’ve still got heaps to do! [Yes, I’m talking to you, whiskey yielding writers].

Well, I’m no expert. But here’s what I plan to do.

As soon as I’ve reached 50,000 words, (and I have) I break open the fireworks, throw confetti around and annoy everyone (both writers and Wruggles*) by gloating. When that novelty has worn off, usually ten minutes later, I’m back to “Shit! What now? Stage”.  Or #SWNS.

Here’s how to cope with the #SWNS:

  1. Carry on regardless. Like those old British Carry On films, just carry on. Keep on writing. Keep getting those words down and keep on reaching for that (extended) goal, my friends.  There’s no simple way to say it. There’s no simple way to do it. You’ve done 50,000 words. Only 20,000 or 30,000 thousand more to do!  (Maybe more if you’re really glutton for punishment. Which, I must add, I often am. Just not this time).
  2. [Cue the tumbleweed – watch it gently bounce on by] There is no number two. That’s the beauty of this post. Get your stiff upper lips on, or those big girl pants, and just carry on as you were. Military style. No buzz cut required.

My new writing goal for this month

An extra 20-30k words throughout August.


Right you ‘orible lot! Let’s have some hugs,

Until next time, peeps!


P.S. Find me on #CampNaNoWriMo and #NaNoWriMo, come on! Quick march! Left, right, left right… You know the drill!

* Wruggles, are like muggles, only with an aversion to pens and writers, not wands and wizards.

#CampNaNoWriMo : I did It!

I’m a NaNo Winner!


Hi, there!

The Girl Who Broke The Rules (Working Title) – Update

I’m so pleased to say that I did it. I wrote 50,000 words for #CampNaNoWriMo during July and July is not even over yet!

Here’s evidence of today’s win:


Does the Happy Dance

I’m so pleased with myself I’ve danced a little jig, thrown confetti all over the place and haven’t stopped grinning since, but the hard work doesn’t stop here.  I need 20-30k more words for a start, which I’m trying not to think too hard about (otherwise I might just run off screaming in the wrong direction and never come back!) lol

Despite my NaNo mammoth win, I cant take all the credit. I must give special thank you hugs to my two other camp members who were (and still are) really supportive and kept me going throughout; authors Devon Layne and Amy J Romine. We really work well together offering encouragement and plenty of rah-rahs along the way.  Thank you, peeps, you’re the best!


So, what’s next?

I’ve set myself a goal to work on producing a complete first draft of about 70/80 k by the end of August. It’s a tough goal, and I’m not going to sweat about it too much, I just want to take one day at a time and do my very best.

So, that’s just what I’ll do.

Plus, I’m also (albeit slowly) working on a couple more projects in the background. More about those, soon.

Until next time, night-night! Sleep tight. Mind the bed bugs don’t…



P.S. Pictures are from the NaNoWriMo and CampNaNoWriMo websites. (Link goes to my profile).