Writing Update (Sep. 2019) #WriteUpMyAlley

The past year I began getting back into one of my first passions: writing. It started in 2018 when I decided to jump the gun and participate in Nanowrimo. I fell off a bit after winning and then proceeded with writing again during the summer. Particularly, I participated in Camp Nanowrimo and also succeeded in this. Now, after a lot of reading, outlining, researching, I’m beginning to take this more seriously. Writing is fun, but I’d also like it to be my job.

If you’d like to know about where I am with my writing, keep reading this writing update.

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Camp Nanowrimo: July 2019

Last winter I participated in Nanowrimo for the first time. Surprisingly, I won Nanowrimo early. Now, I didn’t finish the project until months later. But I did enjoy having a challenge to hold me accountable. There’s also a mini-version of this challenge called Camp Nanowrimo. So in July, I decided I wanted something else to hold me accountable with my new writing project. Camp Nanowrimo was different from the November challenge in a couple ways, but ultimately with the same goal: get writers to write.

If you are curious to know more about my Camp Nanowrimo experience, continue reading.

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Youtubers for Writers: 5 Channels for Aspiring Authors #WriteUpMyAlley

Youtube can be a great resource for aspiring writers and book lovers. Not only is the information free, but it’s typically very helpful. There is information available for all levels. Whether you’re planning your first novel or you are working on your tenth. There are plenty of helpful Youtubers for writers to utilize during their journey.

Have you read any of my posts from 2018’s Nanowrimo? It was my first time participating in Nanowrimo and it was a success. If you don’t know what Nanowrimo is, check out one of those posts for more information. But basically it’s a challenge for writers. I love writing and I recently made more of a commitment to fine-tune my writing and learn more about the business.

If you’d like to know what Youtubers this writer is using, keep reading.

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How I Survived Nanowrimo: My First Nano Experience

How I Survived My First Nanowrimo

If you’re reading this, that means I survived my first Nanowrimo! I made it! If you are unfamiliar with Nanowrimo, I wrote a blog post all about it and documenting the first few days. But in short, it’s an annual challenge that occurs in November. The goal? Write 50,000 words. Yup, sounds kind of insane, right? Well, it was. And it was also a wonderfully insane, frustrating and encouraging experience. But with all that not only did I survive Nanowrimo, but I conquered Nanowrimo, if I do say so myself.

Keep reading to find out how…

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Jumping the Gun. Nanowrimo Week 1 Recap.

Nanowrimo 2018

Nano-what-o? If you said “Nanowrimo” to me not so long ago, that would have been my response. I never heard of it, so of course I also did not know what it was all about. But lately I’ve been falling back in love with two passions of mine: reading and writing. Well, I’ve never really fell out of love with them, I just never had the time for the them. Or did not make the time. Either way, a couple months ago I finally got a new Kindle since my old barely functioned. With reading more has also inspired me to create again. I’ve been delving into the “booktube” and “writing-tube” (?) spaces on Youtube lately and heard some people mention doing “nano.”

I learned it’s an annual writing challenge/contest aimed to encourage people to write everyday. What’s the challenge? To write a 50,000 word manuscript during the month of November. Which averages to just over 1,600 words a day. Sounds pretty scary, right? But don’t worry about editing or it being your best work. Just write. I heard about it a few days before the end of October and after ending my Halloween night watching my favorite movies, I sat wondering whether to do it or not. So I signed up for it. And I decided to track my weekly progress here. Here’s how week one went…

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