Wednesday, October 26, 2016

4 Prep Steps to NaNo

The other day I mentioned how I planned to participate this year. *fingers crossed*

For some of you, NaNo is new. Maybe you've heard about it but never actually attempted to tackle this month long endeavor. In fact, I have a dear friend who has tried but because she's so awesome with all her contracts, she has to set the NaNo aside and work on something else. And these things happen. Not to me... but they happen! (I think I've convinced her this year!!!)

So, for those that are wanting to participate, here are a few steps to get you ready.

1. Get Registered.
Visit and get signed up. It's super easy. In fact, I just updated my status to my newest project.

2. Get Connected.
Once you are registered, you can connect with others. But if you are not sure if you want to be all out there, you can always hit up Twitter and search our hashtags. Keep a watchful eye out for the #1k1hr tags for 1000 words in 1 hour. I love these little speedy exercised.

3. Game Planning.
So basically, you need to write like 1,333 words a day for the entire month to meet the 50K goal. Easy-peasy! But, we all have lives. In fact, I have 3 kids, 1 husband and a household to manage. We are busy. In order to meet my goal, I need to establish how many words I can write each day. And yes, WRITE EACH DAY!

And if you haven't done so, I recommend an outline for your story. I'm more of a pantser but I like the idea of being a plotter. Having an outline will force me to also establish a word count goal for each day.

4. Scene Setting.
You know how you like to write so make sure you have surrounded yourself with all the tools, and snacks, to keep you motivate. Make sure your music list is updated if you're a music writer. Do you need chocolate to write those steamy romantic scenes, well stock up on Dove. You know yourself the best and whatever will keep you motivated and creative, get it!

These are just a few things that I use to keep me going. If you have questions, shoot. I'm here to help and connect! You can find me on the NaNo site at JenAndersonAuthor.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Here's a little ditty...

I have been a terrible person by not blogging and there is a reason. A boring reason so I shall create a better one!

I've been on sabbatical in Asia, scouring rice fields for the Fountain of Youth. While I will always look like I'm 16 (I was actually carded yesterday!) I fear the world does not benefit like I do from my Asian heritage, so I sought out the cure. For the world.

Alas, I have failed and the cosmetic industry is safe!

But seriously, I'm sorry for being away, but I'm back and I'm gearing up for NaNo!

Who's joining me this year?

Monday, January 18, 2016

MIA and that's OK

At my local RWA meetings, we do a Grin and Groans segment that allows authors to either cheer or complain about their writing career. Well, I'm going to try and explain why I've been MIA since October with my own presentation of 
Grins and Groans

My rights were reverted to me because my publisher closed: Groan
At the same time I had to get a "Day Job": Groan
However, I enjoy what I do during the day: Grin
Having my rights, I was forced to empower myself and self-pub my books: Grin and Groan
Because I'm completely spent after a day at work, I barely have the energy to take a shower at night, let alone write or upload books so my progress has been slow: Groan
And the book that was supposed to release, I decided to keep it, edit it and cultivate a new series from it and use it as an agent submission book: Grin
I've recently started training my 14 year old daughter to assist me with author housekeeping work: Grin
She's an aspiring writer so she might post on my blog: Grin for me, Groan for her
After attending my first local RWA meeting in months, I feel energized and ready to get my book career in order: Grin

So you see, I do have a good reason and I ask that you stick with me. And for aspiring writers out there, life throws you curve balls but it's what you do with them that counts. Is it all getting to be too much? Step back; figure out what you want and how you can achieve it. For me, I'm committing myself to working at least an hour each day on my books. That can be writing, editing, marketing or blogging. But I know I can do an hour. 

When life gets in the way, what do you do?