What I’m Doing After NaNoWriMo


Hi I’m back.

And sorry I’m late with today’s post. But that’s been the theme for the past couple of weeks. Sorry, I’m late to wake up in the mornings. Sorry I’m late with catching up my word counts. Sorry I’m late to realize I started NaNoWriMo wrong (from the beginning and not the middle of the story). Sorry I didn’t give Harbingers of El Tinor my complete attention.

Sorry, sorry, sorry. I need to stop saying that.

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NaNoWriMo, and How It Changed My Life by Heather Hayden


Hello, everyone!

For those of you who haven’t met me yet, I’m Heather Hayden, writer of fantasy and science fiction. Today I’m here to talk a little about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, as it is commonly called.

First, I’d like to say thank you to Lidy for hosting me—thanks, Lidy! I’m excited to be here today.

This year marks my tenth NaNoWriMo—I’ve been participating since 2007, and hope to do so for years to come. I’ve seen people come and go from the challenge, either finding what they needed then moving on, or learning that it isn’t right for them. I’ve read and heard many discussions between supporters and critics.

I could probably list many reasons why you should or shouldn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, but as you can find those elsewhere, I won’t. Instead, I’m going to talk about three reasons I participate every year, and if even just one of those reasons resonates somehow with you, then perhaps you too might find this challenge an adventure worth taking. Continue reading

Writing Quotes to Keep Your NaNoWriMo Motivation


Hi all!

It’s the third week of NaNoWriMo and whew, I’m far, far, far behind in word count than I was this time last year. Yet I’m not too worried. Guess it’s because though NaNoWriMo begins in November. For me, it doesn’t end in November either. Does that make sense to you?

Thinking of words, I remember a poem I wrote during a college workshop, well about words. I titled it Downhill Poet but every writer, no matter the genre they write in, will be able to relate. Alas, I couldn’t find it. Instead I’ll be sharing some motivating quotes for the last nine days of NaNoWriMo. Continue reading

November, Novels, No Sleep by Fanni Suto



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It’s the third week of NaNoWriMo and I’d like to give a big thanks to guest blogger Fanni Suto. Thanks again Fanni and for sharing her past, present and future with writing and NaNoWriMo. 😀

Although I’m not a great astrology fan, there is a grain of truth in their archetypes. For example, when I read the description of a Gemini, I got the uneasy feeling that the writers stalked me when they put their description together. I’m all that is written there: curious, enthusiastic, talkative but I also have the attention span of a goldfish. There are just too many things in the world to write about… and I want to do it all and at the same time. I have at least five-six novels in my head and I spend so much time running to and fro among them that I don’t have energy to actually write them.

I set out to participate in the NaNo 2013 knowing that it would be one of the biggest challenges I had ever faced. 50 000 words from the same story seemed an unattainable amount but, as with my high school crushes, I was inspired by things out of reach. What is more, the promised glory was so alluring it eclipsed all my fears. The prizes, the Facebook cover picture I could use to show off my great achievements, but most importantly the opportunity to prove to myself that there is hope for me. If I kicked myself in the butt, I could squeeze out enough words to make up a novel.

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