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Keeping Up Momentum

Writing has been transformative for me. Quite literally, having the goal to publish a book before I hit 30 has changed my life. It’s change the way I prioritize things, my relationships and the way I view myself. It’s shifted my goals and dreams for my life and sparked a flicker of hope when I most desperately needed it.

And for the last three months, I have been in monster mode. Without fail I have been on a strict schedule of daily 4:00am wake-ups, working til 6pm and then rushing home or to Starbucks to continue writing til 9 or 10pm. But because I was so singularly-focused, other things fell apart. My house got neglected, other goals I had were pushed aside and my husband threatened to get a mistress (though to be fair, he has been asking for one for years, so I don’t know if this one technically counts).

So I have been trying to strive for more balance and with that, means less time dedicated to my writing and the writing process. It sucks. I throw myself pity parties. How can I become a billionaire by thirty-five if I can’t focus on my writing? (Note: working in therapy on dreams vs. delusions. #WorkinProgress)

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Tools of the Trade: Trello

As a writer in 2017, I am lucky that there are so many resources out there to help me in the process. I thought it might be fun and helpful for other writers out there to see the tools I have been using and feature them here on my blog.

Writing a book isn’t as simple as it sounds (I mean, if putting 50,000 coherent words together doesn’t sound simple enough!) There is so much more that goes into birthing a book baby after you finished the damn thing: the formatting, the marketing, the literal publishing of the thing. It can be challenging to keep everything straight.

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Getting Closer!

This Friday brought a really amazing next step in this crazy journey.

I chose my editor.


When I started writing a year ago, I had absolutely no idea that I would be booking an editor for a trilogy series. I was writing for the hell of it, a way to escape this insane world.

And today? Today I ordered my business cards.

NaNoWriMo Writing Process

NaNoWriMo: My Goals

So it’s NaNoWriMo once again (side note: where the hell did October go!?). For all of those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is

a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

I dabbled in NaNoWriMo last year but I had already started writing and had stumbled upon it too late so I wasn’t super invested, but I loved the sense of community around it and vowed to commit for next year. And I am! Well, sort of.

I am planning to hit the 50,000 but I am planning on spreading it over 2 different novels. I am about 30,000 and 25,000 words in two novels I want to finish. One is the third in my first series and the other is a stand-a-lone. I would love to get these both off my “to do” list and move on to another project. I have about three other books, all at varying stages of being done, so I don’t want to start anything new until I can get some other ones checked off my list.

It’s so hard to reign myself in, so I am forcing myself to just keep jotting ideas now and not starting them. I recently switched over to using Scrivener, and the format and ease of use has made it super addicting to switch over into the “corkboard” mode and plan out a whole story. It’s a bit of an addiction that I need to reign in.

Something else I am thinking of trying this year is actually doing some in-person events. There are a couple super active NaNoWriMo groups in my area and I am kind of interested in checking a few of them out. I mean, most of them involve camping out at a Panera for a few hours, which I do anyway. And since I am definitely not what you would call a social person, this sounds like my perfect level of social interaction: everyone focused on their own laptops with brief periods of polite, social discourse. I can’t really picture this crowd as too rowdy, but hell, who knows.

Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What are your writing goals?

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Self-Care in the Writing Process

I am currently holed up in a Panera clutching a tea to my chest, desperately inhaling the wisps of steam like I am an addict chasing my high. And, I kind of am in a way. An addict to tea, I mean.

This past week I have been fighting off this tickle in my throat that graduated to a full-blown cold that has left my body aching, my head fuzzy and my throat perpetually making these disgusting involuntary gurgle noises that completely cancel out the somewhat sexy, husky voice that this God forsaken cold has given me.

My dog is out at the groomer and in day care so I decided to loiter around and try and get some work done since I literally went to work this past week and came back each day immediately to pass out in bed with my bottle of NyQuil next to me. Thursday morning I even woke up wearing the same clothes, including one shoe that I hadn’t managed to kick off before running into my bed.

I mean, I get sick every year. I have the immune system of a baby and I would actually probably thrive living in a bubble. I also am terrible with self-care and I run myself ragged so that when I do get sick, I get hit hard.