NaNoWriMo, Writing Stuff

A Gym Membership for Writers

Here’s a little something I ran into when I was watching a livestream write-in session on the NaNoWriMo YouTube channel: 4 the Words.

One of the reasons I love NaNoWriMo is the deadline factor. I like having a goal and a deadline looming over my head. It motivates me to write and I feel really good when I reach/meet that deadline.

So 4thwords looks interesting. I might try it, I don’t know. It looks pretty juvenile but fun and it’s only $4 dollars per month for a membership though there is a free 30-day trial.

This post is not sponsored, I just thought it was interesting and thought I would pass on the knowledge to you in case you’re like me and REALLY out of the writing world game.

I may try the free membership version after NaNoWriMo is over. I don’t want to try it now because I know me and I’ll get sidetracked and I’ll have gotten nothing done but it might be something fun to try later.

Anyhoo, just a thought.

Back to your writing.


Romance Stories That Suck

I love romance.

Well, I love to read/write romance, I don’t like romance in real life. I mean, I DO, but for about two seconds and then I’m like, “what’s for dinner?”

So I laughed out loud at Jenna’s Fictional Romance pet peeves because – YES. Some of the cookie cutter romance out there (which, cookie cutter implies it’s all the same – see where I’m going with this?) is EXACTLY the type of stories Jenna makes fun of here.

Also. I LOVE/LOVE/LOVE how she is not a fan of Valentine’s Day because you should show love every day, not just one day. Where have I heard that before?

(*hint* Me. I say that all the time).

So romance writers, take note. These romance faux pas are real and HIGHLY annoying.

NaNoWriMo update: I”m at 1915 words thus far. I actually started writing TODAY. I meant to write something last night but I was just so brain dead, I couldn’t be bothered. I plan on continuing to write as much as I can stomach today and tomorrow as I would like to give myself as much wiggle room as I can before the workweek starts back up again. I think finding the mental wherewithal to write is my biggest challenge. I can write nonsense and I can write a lot of nonsense, but finding the mental energy is sometimes too much for me. I put so much mental energy into my day job that I just don’t have any left over for anything else by the end of the day.  So. My writing schedule – I think I can write every day save for Tuesday/Thursday. I usually work late those nights to get things caught up at work so I’m ahead of the game and not stressing the small stuff. That is my goal this month – to write every night but Tuesday/Thursday – or give myself permission NOT to write those days. In addition, we’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year for Kevin’s entire family, so I will need to carve out some time to give the house a good cleaning as well. I hope you’re coming along with your NaNoWriMo project! I’ve decided to open comments here/there so feel free to let me know how your NaNoWriMo project is going.

Or feel free to comment on Jenna’s video!