End of National Novel Writing Month

The last day of November…Its gone by pretty slowly to me. Mostly because I spent almost everyday trying to finish my novel for NaNoWriMo. I am so glad its finally the end of the month! However, I had a great time writing.  I turned off my inner editor and let my imagination take over. The NaNoWriMo goal is 50,000 words in 30 days and I’m happy to report that I was able to write 63,000. (probably would have been more if I didn’t take a few days off:) I reached the 50,000 mark within 19 days. It feels good to reach my goal and to go above it!

Now that the first draft of my novel is finished, I plan to put it away for a couple of weeks and spend my time reading the work of others. I went to the library and checked out a book of short stories. I think that should keep me busy for awhile and help me get some distance from my own book. Then sometime next year I hope to revise and edit but more on that later…

Writing 50,000 words wasn’t hard for me this year, but making time to write certainly was! I intend to continue disciplining myself to make time to write. And I’ve learned that it doesn’t have to be thousands of words a day. I just need to get something on the page.

Don’t forget to write something day! 🙂





National Novel Writing Month

Hello out there! I haven’t posted in over a month but I have a pretty good reason why….I’ve been doing prep work for National Novel Writing Month! It will be my second year participating and I’m pretty excited. When it comes to NaNoWriMo, I’m one of the crazy people who starts planning months before. Don’t judge me. ; )
I’ve heard that NaNoWriMo – an international writing event that begins on November 1st-30th each year- is frowned upon in the writers circle. But I think its only a bad thing if you have unrealistic expectations about it. For example: Thinking that after you spend a month writing your novel, it will be ready to be published the next month. As for me, I know that what I write during this event will be complete garbage! But that’s part of the fun that comes with participating. The point of NaNoWriMo is to get your story on paper. . .and rather quickly. Writing it in a month will allow me to get my idea out and then I’ll have to clean up my mess later.

Its for busy people- It helps them to make time for writing.

Its for lonely people- Writing is a solitary art, but with NaNoWriMo, you have a community of people who love doing the same thing you do.

Its for anyone who wants to challenge themselves!

Plus, if you reach the goal of writing 50,000 words during November, you get a lot of cool prizes. Most prizes are discounts for writing software like, Scrivner (more about this wonderful item later!) or discounts on the critique website Scribophile. There are many other prizes winners can get, click here to see more.  —>http://nanowrimo.org/forums/special-offers-and-greetings-from-nano-sponsors

Well, I’m off to think of some last minute things to add to my NaNo outline. writer

Happy writing everyone!

My Writing Fantasy

Something I love doing is going to the beach. I haven’t gone in about two years, so a few days ago I decided to pack up my things and go. Every time I do, I have a fantasy of laying on the sand, with the ocean breeze blowing in my hair, the sun lightly kissing my skin, enjoying the hypnotic sound of the waves hitting the shore….
I would have my notebook, a few pencils (in case one of many of them happen to break in some freak accident) a few pens and my imagination. Then I’d take a sip of lemonade, take a look at the beautiful ocean and begin to immerse myself in my story world.
But the reality is whenever I write at the beach, something always distracts me. That horrid sound a seagull makes when it wants your bag of chips, the loud group of high schoolers next to you who decided they would bring their schools entire football team to the beach or simply the great atmosphere is enough to be distracting.

This time when I went, I was able to read a chapter of a writing book I recently purchased but that was all I was able to do. This time it wasn’t a seagull or a loud group of people. It was the ocean itself. I ended up leaving my stuff on the shore to go and play in the water. Feeling the cool water on my skin felt wonderful and seeing the sparkling waves all around me was so relaxing. I ended up leaving the beach with a head full of sand, a face full of salt and an empty notebook. It wasn’t at all what I had planned when I decided to go to the beach to write but it was still a lot of fun.
In the meantime, the place where I feel the most comfortable and creative is in my room at my writing desk. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll be able to live out my beach writing fantasy 🙂

Is there a special place you would like to escape to write?

Do you like your writing time to be in a quiet place or do you mind a little chaos?

~Toria 🙂

First Post!

indexHello everyone, I’m Tori! I created this little blog because I’m an emerging writer who hopes to become published someday. I’m in the beginning of my writing journey and thought I’d share it with anyone who is interested, as well as meet other new and experienced writers. I have fallen in love with the writing world, but so often I find myself lost and overwhelmed. This year it is my goal to learn as much as possible about both the business of writing and the craft of writing. I promise to share posts about:

  • Publishing trends
  • Writing craft
  • Great books/websites for writers,
  • Little inspirations to encourage,
  • Writing contests,
  • Places to submit your writing,
  • Platform creation

…the list goes on and on. (No wonder I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed!)…anyway, happy writing! -Toria