Day 7 of CampNaNoWriMo and Day 2 of Teachers Write!

CAMPNANOWRIMO PROGRESS I'm making progress. Definitely. It's Day 7 of camp and my word count is now 11,039. Before I started writing, IĀ set four goals for myself in order to complete this challenge. Some goals are coming along a littleĀ better than others: I haven't been able to write first thing in the morning most days; … Continue reading Day 7 of CampNaNoWriMo and Day 2 of Teachers Write!

Don’t forget to write! Going to summer camp at CampNaNoWriMo

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED... I've tried this challenge of writing a novel in one month a few times before. Each of those times, I have been unsuccessful. But hey, nothing says "hopeless optimist" like dusting yourself off and trying again, right? All jokesĀ aside, I know that successfully completing this challenge is possible and … Continue reading Don’t forget to write! Going to summer camp at CampNaNoWriMo

November 3rd – NaNoWriMo

I'm not saying it's any good, I'm not saying it's worth reading, I'm not saying that any of it would make a final edit, but I wrote 1,851 words today. Ā That gives this WIP a running total of 5,967 words. Whew. I will admit that I absolutely LOVE being able to tell friends and family … Continue reading November 3rd – NaNoWriMo

November 2nd – NaNoWriMo

My novel now has a two-day total of 4,116 words (2,343 from today). Ā I'm still getting the hang of all the ins and outs of this NaNoWriMo endeavor, and so I didn't realize that I was supposed to update my profile with my word count yesterday. Ā Today, I updated it with the two-day total: I … Continue reading November 2nd – NaNoWriMo

November 1st – NaNoWriMo

1,773 words today! Not a bad start...and since it is early enough in the day, I might get time to write again later.Ā  29 days to go. šŸ™‚ ~Melissa Posted from WordPress for Android

A Little Chicken Soup in Preparation for NaNoWriMo

To "open my heart" and "rekindle my spirit" as a writer, I picked up this edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul. The stories in this book offer insight into moments when great writers began their love affairs with words, defining moments in their careers, and how they overcame obstacles. There are stories in the … Continue reading A Little Chicken Soup in Preparation for NaNoWriMo

Stormy Weather and NaNoWriMo on the Way!

I'm in central NJ, and Sandy's heavy winds and rains are just really beginning here. Ā Schools are closed, roads are flooded, people are being advised to stay in doors. It makes me wonder how many NaNoWriMo novels will contain some sort of severe storm this year? Ā I wonder how many people already have their novels … Continue reading Stormy Weather and NaNoWriMo on the Way!

Planning and Prewriting for NaNoWriMo

I constantly require that my students prewrite before they draft anything. Ā I tell them over and over that a prewrite doesn't need to be extensive, it just needs to happen. I believe prewriting is helpful to a writer in so many ways, and it doesn't make anyone any less of a "good" or "strong" writer … Continue reading Planning and Prewriting for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo and Me

For a few years now, I've been deeply envious of all of the writers participating in NaNoWriMo. Ā I've admired the dedication it takes to commit to writing a FULL NOVEL in just a month. Ā I've appreciated theĀ camaraderieĀ and support that NaNoWriMo offers its participants. Ā I've done all of these things -- from afar. This year, however, … Continue reading NaNoWriMo and Me