Sunday, October 31, 2010

NaNoWriMo - I'll be back in December

Before I sign off for a month, I have few awards I've been hordeing, and I need to say thanks and spread the love. But first, a few words on my November plans - at midnight tonight I will be starting my National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) project, a YA fantasy called A Handful of Scars. This will be my fourth year participating in NaNoWriMo and hopefully my third "win" - if I can produce 50,000 words in 30 days!

I am so excited! This is seriously my favorite time of year. This month is intense, but AMAZING! If you're curious to see what intense pressure brings out in your writing you've got to try NaNoWriMo (in my case, about half of what I write gets trashed, but the other half - WOW!) And then, for a reward when I finish up on Nov. 30 (hopefully), I get to dive into the Christmas season - my second most favorite time of the year.

My strategies for keeping up with the daily word counts, in previous years, is... staying up an extra hour every night and then writing pretty much all day on the weekends (my kids get away with MURDER during November. The junk food I let them eat! And I let them watch WAY too much TV and movies). I've also found writing motivation tools like Write or Die are very helpful - and this year I have a local friend participating as well, so we plan to get together and have "word wars" (who writes the most words in a given period of time, we like to work in thirty minute intervals).

I won't be blogging at all during November, so I encourge you instead of leaving a comment on this post, to skip over to some of the blogs I've listed below and comment on their posts.

I won't admit how long ago, but Stina at Seeing Creative gave me the Beautiful Blogger award. Stina's blog is has a series called Cool Links every Friday that will keep you busy with all sorts of helpful writing advice, plus she's an amazing photographer and provides lots of tips for seeing creatively for photos (and writing).

Susan Fields gave me the Happiness award
Medeia Sharif gave me the Who's Awesome Award
Laurel at Laurel's Leaves and Quinn at Seeing, Dreaming, Writing gave me the One Lovely Blog award
Joanne at a ZigZag Road gave me the Sweet Friends award

These are all fellow writers and excellent bloggers with all sorts of helpful and fun posts. If you haven't discovered them yet, you are missing out.

I'm passing the awards on to some other great blogs that I enjoy on a regular basis - and all of these bloggers that I mention are just wonderful about returning comments, too.

I didn't post pictures of all the awards, 'cause see, I'm being tricky, I'm making you go visit other blogs to find them - because the blogs are worth visiting. Go forth and choose your favorite award:

Pick up the Beautiful Blogger award at Stina'a blog
Pick up the Happiness award at Susan's blog
Pick up the One Lovely Blog award at Laurel's blog or at Quinn's
Pick up the Who's Awesome award at Medeia's blog
Pick up the Sweet Friends award at Joanne's blog

That's all for now and I will catch-up with you all in Decemeber. Wish me luck with the 50,000 new words!


  1. Cngrats on all the awards! You deserve them! Also, thanks for awarding me.

    Good luck with NaNo!

  2. I'm really excited for my blogging friends who are doing NaNoWriMo. LOVE the title of your novel; it already gets intrigue points! Good luck, and don't forget to breathe/drink plenty of water/sneak some turkey in on Thanksgiving :)

    Thanks for passing on the award love!

  3. Thanks for the mention! I'm bookmarking your resource page so I can browse through all the links you've posted. What a great idea!

    Hope Nano is successful for you. I'm signed up, too.


  4. I'm going to comment anyway: May the words flow productively.

  5. have fun. my nano name is michellegregory.

  6. GOOD LUCK with the Nanowrimo!!!!! Handful of Scars - great title!!

    I love your writing strategy - wow - very intensse and focused - you're sure to win this month!! And you'll be a sure fire hit with your kids too! :-)

    All very best and see you soon!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS with your fab awards!! Take care

  7. Thank you!

    And good luck. I'll be cheering everybody on.

  8. Good luck with NaNo, Margo! And congrats on your awards. :)

  9. Congrats on your awards, Margo! Good luck with NaNo! This is my second year doing it, and I can't wait for tomorrow!!! I'm excited it's nearly here!

  10. Awww, thanks Margo! And congrats on all the awards you have been given! :D

    Happy Noveling, and good luck getting your word count. November is the best month! :D

  11. Congrats on all the awards.

    Have a productive writing month. :)

  12. Thanks Margo! And I hope you have a lot of fun while you are writing this month. See you again soon!

  13. Oooh, new blogs and a good goal to follow. You are an inspiration. Thanks for these!

  14. Congrats on the awards and best of luck with nano!

  15. Good luck with NaNo! I'll be cheering you from the sidelines as I edit. :) Go, write, win! :)

  16. I know you said not to leave a comment but I had to!! Thank you so much for including me. That was so sweet. And as soon as I get five minutes, I promise to go check out all those blogs.. GOOD LUCK with Nano!!! I'm rooting for you!

  17. Hope you're having fun and writing lots of words! Your enthusiasm is catching, even for a non-NaNoer like myself. You've got my fingers itching to return to my manuscript!

  18. Good luck on NaNoWriMo!! Hope it's going well for you :) And congratulations on all of your awards.

  19. Hey - BTW - I left you an AWARD on my blog... go get it!! WAHOO!

  20. Thank you and enjoy your month off! I enjoyed my time off a lot!

  21. Hope that NaNoWriMo went well for you! I just finished last night, typing up the last few words in a haze of sleepiness.



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