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Entries in nanowrimo (46)


Comic: NaNoWriMo Emergency


To those starting NaNoWriMo today: Good luck! I hope you find ALL THE WORDS

Also see my friend Errol Elumir's daily Nanotoons!

National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) begins today! To educators: there's also a Nanowrimo Young Writers' Program.

If you love the spirit behind NaNoWriMo but want a gentler year-round writing (and editing) challenge with flexibility, feel free to try the Inkygirl Daily Writing Challenge. There's also an Inkygirl Daily Writing Challenge Facebook Page where I'll be posting motivational comics and tips.


"If Only" - A NaNoWriMo Comic

Thanks to Arthur Slade for his help with this NaNoWriMo comic!


A #Nanowrimo comic: Wordcount Envy Clinic


Comic: All's Fair In NaNoWrimo

Looking for more NaNoWrimo comics? Check out my friend Errol Elumir's daily NaNoToons.


Don't stress about getting things perfect in the 1st draft. Get the words down, revise LATER.


A comic for those doing #NaNoWriMo (and others prone to wordcount envy)


NaNoWriMo starts TODAY. Good luck with your writing, all!

I'll be posting more NaNoWriMo comics from the archives throughout the month, but if you're looking for tasy fresh NEW comics, my friend Errol Elumir is posting one every day at NaNoToons.net.


Don't let fear of writing poorly stop you from writing. That's why we revise. - Cindy Pon

Don't let fear of writing poorly stop you from writing. That's why we revise. - Cindy Pon


Forget about the flowers & candlelight. This is what would sweep ME off my feet...


Comic: Still More #NaNoWriMo Prep...


A comic for those doing NaNoWriMo this year

I'm going to be using NaNoWriMo as extra motivation to get in some extra writing done on novel-in-progress. I found out last year that NaNoWriMo actually welcomes writers who are in all stages of their project!


Comic: NaNoWriMo Emergency (and a writing challenge for those who don't have the time for #NaNoWriMo)

Don't have enough writing time for NaNoWriMo & looking for an achievable daily goal challenge? Try my Daily Words Challenge.


Comic inspired by a tweet by Arthur Slade today

Thanks to Arthur Slade for his permission to turn his tweet into a comic. :-)


Short on writing time or falling behind in NaNoWriMo? Try this more flexible challenge.

Too often, I find that writers start motivational challenges like NaNoWrimo with enthusiasm and good intentions, but give up when they start missing their daily targets for more than a few days in a row...undermining their confidence and defeating the purpose of the original challenge.

If you need a motivational writing challenge with some flexibility, try checking out my 250, 500 or 1000 words/day challenge. I'm doing NaNoWriMo right now as a way of helping kickstart my middle grade novel....but I'm already falling a wee bit behind the "1666 wds/day" goal.

If I do end up having to bail out of NaNo, I'm vowing NOT going to get discouraged but am going to keep going, but try a lower wordcount instead.

To those of you with lots of writing time and don't need these challenges: I envy you! :-) These days for me, paying work has taken priority and my non-contracted projects keep being pushed to the back burner. I find that wordcount challenges can help motivate me to get into the habit of putting in at least a little bit of time EVERY DAY on my novel-writing. 

Some of you may snicker at my measley wordcount goals but for me, even 250 words a day is better than nothing at all. 



Writers & illus: How you live your life affects your work, so make sure you have one. A life, that is.


Comic: Productivity Tip For Writers, Sort Of


A comic for others starting NaNoWriMo tomorrow

Good luck, everyone! I'm "inkygirl" on the NaNoWriMo website, but I'm not sure how far I'm going to get in my novel since I'll be away for part of the month and also have a book deadline. :-\

BUT I just found out that you no longer have to start from scratch to participate in NaNoWriMo. You can also be working on outlines and other types of writing.


Comic: A NaNoWriMo Halloween

Don't forget to check out my friend Errol Elumir's daily NaNoToons during November!


A comic for those about to dive into NaNoWriMo or another writing challenge