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Mashups are a popular thing, right?

Only if you watch this show.

Wait, let me try that again.

Has this ever happened to you?

You: Hey, I want to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but I also want to participate in No Shave November for cancer awareness. I can’t do both at once, can I?

Me: Wait! You can! You CAN do two things at once.


Why yes, in this scenario, you are Bender from Futurama.


Kindle Tablet Writing for NaNoWriMo

Right now I’m on my new Kindle Fire tablet, using the Swype keyboard to write this post. The purpose of this post is to see how viable a device such as this is for writers who don’t want to lug a laptop around or write using traditional means such as a pen and notepad.

I even searched for, downloaded, uploaded, inserted and captioned this  picture using my tablet.
I even searched for, downloaded, uploaded, inserted and captioned this picture using my tablet.

Right off the bat I note that my new Kindle doesn’t know my diction very well so I’m having to constantly switch the Swype words that pop up, but that is really just a mild annoyance that will dissipate as I use my device more.

A major plus of the Swype keyboard is definitely its speed. Writing this post is going at about the same speed I type at home. This is great when it comes to getting ideas for writing down. I can see myself using this feature to quickly jot down writing ideas or fleshing out the plot of a story or the history of a character.

NaNoWriMo: Writing A Novel In Thirty Days

It’s that time of year again—NaNoWriMo is around the corner.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a national commitment for anyone who’s ever thought “I want to write a novel” to, well, get to work on that novel. From November 1st to November 30th, participants will work tirelessly to complete 50,000 words before the month is up. Because sometimes the best motivation is a deadline breathing down your neck.

Last year, the bloggers at The Poetics Project made a pact to participate together. And, together, we failed pretty miserably. This year, we have no such pact. Not because of the failure—it’ll take more than one failed attempt to deter me—but because I’m a realist. As much as I’d like to rise up out of the ashes of November, a manuscript in hand, for me, it’s just not in the cards.

Here’s where I tell you how busy I am: I have two part-time jobs, I attend grad school full-time, I’m a project manager in my program (which means I do a lot of work—for free—in order to put together a writing conference in Portland this January), I have a publicity internship at a local publishing house, I write for and edit this blog. I also, on occasion, find the need to drink water and eat, to shower, to escape from my cave-like apartment and grab a drink with friends for the sake of my own sanity.

I’d like to think I’m super woman. That I can forego sleep in order to squeeze in time for writing a 50,000 word manuscript. But, if I’m being honest, there’s only so many directions one person can pull themselves in.

However, that doesn’t mean you, dear reader, shouldn’t give NaNoWriMo a shot. Sometimes we have to set goals for ourselves—even seemingly unreachable ones—in order to push our minds and spirits. In order to see what we are capable of. NaNoWriMo can be a great case study for that. It is possible, with lots of planning, to reach a 50,000 word count in thirty days.

Doing the math, a person would need to write a little over 1,600 words each day, for thirty days, to reach a total of 50,000 words. At first, that number—1,600—might seem large and scary, but remember, this isn’t an essay for class. It’s a novel. Those 1,600 words don’t have to contain a thesis. They don’t have to sum up all your main points, with clearly listed examples and sources. On any given day, those 1,600 words can be different. They can be sad, happy, dramatic, humorous—they can be inspired by your own life story or take place on the planet Oasis, where an army of humans have begun to colonize…

Point being, the work will be grueling. It will take motivation and dedication, but the work shouldn’t be like pulling teeth. It’s your novel; enjoy it.

So how do you make it happen?

1. Eat, and eliminate distractions.

With a time-crunch, it’s easy to forget simple things, like eating. But before you start writing, it’s important to take the time to nourish your body. Once you actually begin writing, it’s easy to be pulled away. Your phone rings. Netflix calls to you. Your eyes grow heavy. Your stomach is grumbling so loud you’ve started talking back to it. Whatever the distraction, do your best to prepare for it. Make some coffee. Have an outline. The more you prepare, the easier the actual writing will be.


Writing for NaNoWriMo – Day 1 or, Shit, I Forgot to Write

So, all of the writers in our blog have vowed to undertake novel writing for National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo. And I forgot to start.

Well, I didn’t forget so much as I have midterms and I’m too busy to start. Or that I didn’t feel like writing when I got home from school and instead watched 4 hours of Daria while eating, cleaning, and doing some general other bullshit on the internet.

I can see the disappointment in her eyes. It’s always there.

Despite my pen not touching the paper for NaNoWriMo, I did ponder on the story and the book and have decided on a plan. That’s good, right? At least I mentally prepared myself to write. Next comes actually writing.

First, I’ve decided to try a new method (or, at least it’s new to me) called the Snowflake Method.

November Book Challenge: Can Our Writers Write a Book in 30 Days?

In honor of National Novel Writing Month, November, our writers are going to undertake a novel writing challenge! We’ve all heard claims that writing a novel isn’t really that hard, and that it can be done in one’s spare time.

So, what the heck, we all figured, let’s all write a novel in our spare time and see if we can get it done by the end of November.

Here's my lovely mug and my journal I'll be writing my book in for this challenge.
Here’s my lovely mug and my journal I’ll be writing my book in for this challenge.

Ah yeah, look at that hot composition book action I got goin’.