Are You a NaNoWriMo Rebel?

Winner-2014-Square-ButtonI’ve been doing some reading on the NaNoWriMo site, even though I’m not planning to join the fun this year.

Why? Because I’m curious.

About what? Their official stance on writing nonfiction rather than fiction for the challenge.

You see, I’ve been toying with the idea of using the challenge to write a work of nonfiction, but in previous years I’ve seen where a few fiction writer’s have come down hard on nonfiction writers for even suggesting such a thing. Yikes!

But, I’ve been wondering why it’s such a big deal to some people and not others. Then I came across a thread in the forum called Am I a Rebel? Find Out Here. Of course, I started reading. Here’s what I learned:

Heather Dudley starts the thread with a post explaining what a rebel is. She’s quite thorough, and it is worth a read if you write nonfiction and want a challenge to kick your butt into gear.

In her post, she explains that the type of manuscript I want to write is covered under the rebel title so, in a year or two, I might do this. Especially if I need a kick in the pants to start a book. According to Heather, I can even validate the book if I want.

There you have it. There is such a thing as  NaNoWriMo rebel, and you might be one if you choose to join the challenge. To find out more, read Heather’s post on the topic in the forum.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Happy writing!

Shannon




It’s Time to Prep for NaNoWriMo…

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.… but I wont be joining in this year. I didn’t last year, either. Why?

  • Last year I was busy prepping a series of short stories for publication. These stories, part of the Tales from the Mountain book of short stories, were written way back in 2008 as part of my first NaNoWriMo experience. I enjoyed every second of that first challenge, and finished on time. I was ecstatic! The four stories I was prepping to publish are for sale now on amazon.com. That series, called the #CampSeries, consists of Rascal, A Trip to the Outhouse, Auntie’s Boyfriend, and Hidden Camp. Feel free to check them out! I am pretty proud of them.
  • This year I’m working on publishing things again. I’ll be publishing The Haunted Dinner Party this month, and prepping a few more stories for publishing after the new year. This prepping to publish process takes so much time, as do the marketing/self-promotional activities, there isn’t any time left over for writing an entire 50,000 words in 30 days.

However, I wanted to mention NaNoWriMo here on the blog, and share my experiences and tips from previous years.

I’ve successfully completed the NaNoWriMo challenge four times, and do plan to take the challenge again in coming years. I feel a great need to concentrate on getting my completed stories published right now. I have a bunch in last edit stage, and they’ll need covers and other graphics, front and back matter, and other finishing touches before being published.

Here’s some information on my successful finishes:

  1. Tales from the Mountain (Horror & Supernatural) 2008: A book of fictional short stories based on a mountain in Maine. Spooky tales not for the faint of heart. 50, 450 words. The word count grew and grew after the challenge, and the book got very lengthy. Last year I decided to split things up, and published the #CampSeries and a stand-alone story, with plenty of options for the remainder of the book.
  2. Tales from the Woods (Horror & Supernatural) 2012: Tales from the woods deals specifically with the horror that can happen within a heavily wooded area, where small communities exist but cannot really be counted as towns. Horrific and, sometimes, supernatural events take place in the woods. 50,068 words. Again, the word count on this manuscript kept growing and and still does, so I split up some of the stories last year. This year I published two of them as stand-alone stories, Bang! and Alone.
  3. Saving Us (Mainstream Fiction) 2013: What happens when government goes too far, infringing on more and more freedoms, making life impossible for citizens to live happily? 50,110 words. I haven’t had a chance to get back to this book because I’ve been working on writing more short stories. When done, this will be a collection of three or four stories, each being lengthier than short stories. Maybe novelette or novella length. I’m interested in seeing what happens with them!
  4. Willow Brook (Religious/Spiritual) 2014: Willow Brook is the first of a trilogy that is lovingly dubbed The Witch Town Series. The main character has an off-the-wall, magickal experience while on vacation with her best friend, that leads her thoughts back to the beautiful vacation community. 50, 076 words. This is an exciting one for me, and will be part of the Tales of Magick series. The first story is just about complete. Again, we are talking novelettes/novellas when finally done, if not full-blown novels.

These, with all the short stories, will be keeping me very busy in the coming year and beyond. I wont have time to start another book this year, because I want to work instead on getting more stories published. That is my main concern right now. I may join NaNoWriMo again next year, if I get enough accomplished this year and next. If not, I’m fine with waiting another year in order to get my works published.

All this isn’t to say I wont be writing new stories. I’m working on a couple right now, when I need a break from the publishing process. I suppose I’ll always be writing in some way.

Pre-NaNoWriMo: Each year, there is a list of stuff to do to prepare for a NaNoWriMo experience. These posts will help guide you through the process.

My NaNoWriMo Prep Week 2014: This was the year I couldn’t find a huge block of time to prepare for my NaNoWriMo experience, but I pulled it all off by plugging away here and there, as time allowed. I was actually worried I’d have a had time finding the time to write, but that was not the case. Thank goodness!

Getting Ahead, In Preparation for NaNoWriMo: I’m not an organized person by nature but, for some things, I know I have to prepare in advance if I want to get any work done. Getting ready for November first does take a little effort.

NaNoWriMo: Keepin’ It Real, Keepin’ It Healthy: With NaNoWriMo starting November 1st, it is a good idea to start thinking about how to get through that month as smoothly as possible. We want to come through the other end in relatively good health, physically and mentally. November, after all, is a darn stressful, darn busy, month. How will we each get through it?

NaNoWriMo Starts in a Month!: November is a hectic month, what with the visit up north to visit my daughter Skye, and work picking up at the inn. But I am planning to do the challenge again this year. I think the story I am going to work on is a part of what I am calling the Witch Town series, but I could change my mind before this month is over. It depends on what ideas I can come up with for the book.

What I did on My Pre-NaNoWriMo Day:  Well, last Wednesday I managed to make my plan of attack for NaNoWriMo. I am steadily working on the steps on this list in order to prepare myself for the November NaNoWriMo challenge.

NaNoWriMo 2012: I have previously took the NaNoWriMo challenge and completed it, and I am planning to take the challenge again this year for a work of fiction. November 2012 is NaNoWriMo! Will you join in? Today is Pre-NanoPrep Day, and I am here at the library finding out what I am allowed to do in preparation for a month of writing in November. I want to be sure that I have all my ducks in a row before the 1st.

Almost Time for NaNoWriMo!: Tomorrow is the first! I am so excited. Except… I have to work. Even though this is the case, I feel I should be able to at least write the introduction, as well as at least 2 of the 4 speeches that will be part of the book.

Planning for NaNoWriMo: There is a lot more to planning for NaNoWriMo than outlining and character sketches. A survival kit wont even finish off my planning. Why? Because there is more to my life than just writing. I have family, friends, neighbors, work, errands and chores. There is a lot to do before I can begin a month of writing.

My NaNoWriMo Prep Day 2013: Because I have today off from work at the inn, and because I am extremely excited over this year’s NaNoWriMo event, I am having a NaNo Prep Day.

The Survival Kit: In my opinion, mega important! What will you put in yours?

2014 NaNoWriMo Survival Kit: NaNoWriMo begins on the first! I am excited and nervous at the same time. I am going to be working on a new story, that I am not entirely prepared to write. I am doing what I can to prepare for November, hoping I get enough things done around my home that I wont feel distracted. As for preparations for writing, I have few notes and my survival kit has been mostly put together.

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit: (2013) Last year I put together my first NaNoWriMo Survival Kit. This year I am expanding my kit to include other things I now know are important.

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit: (2012) I am currently putting together my NaNoWriMo survival kit, to be ready for November 1st. It will include..

NaNoWriMo Updates: During the month of November, I’d give updates about what was happening during the challenge. How I was progressing and whatnot.

NaNoWriMo Update: (11/27/2012) The home stretch. A relief? Not so much, yet. No for me. I am behind, mainly because I missed a couple of extra days of writing during my vacation from, and the fact that I did not write on Thanksgiving. I am okay with this, however. I needed the break. I needed a little time to simply relax.

NaNoWriMo Week 1: (11/7/2013) Admittedly, I do not make much headway with my writing during the first week of NaNoWriMo.  This is due to the fact that i travel up north to visit my daughter for her birthday. This year she turned 24, and I went to her birthday party, as well as to a dinner with her boyfriends’ parents. It was an enjoyable stay, as always, that cuts 4 days from my NaNoWriMo experience.

NaNoWriMo Update: (11/20/2013) Busily writing away. I wasn’t sure about the genre, but I think it is going to work out fine. I am not completely liking using an outline, though. In some ways it is easier. In other ways not so much. Maybe I will get more used to it. Who knows.

NaNoWriMo 2014 has Begun: Yesterday I worked, NOT starting my book. But I knew I had today off and would have plenty of time to work on the manuscript. Anyone else a day behind? I am sure there must be others. Background noise (necessary) for my day of writing includes Baby Boom, Little Women, and the Grumpy Old Men Movies. Why? Because of the snow themes.

NaNoWriMo Update 11/11/2014: Well, my plans for writing on November 2nf did not pan out. See NaNoWriMo has Begun. I had the best of intentions, believe me, but the weather was so bad we lost the power for most of the day, after only a few hundred words typed. I was so disappointed. I won 2013, and am really hoping to win 2014 as well! Other things got done: What cleaning I could do without hot water, and project I had wanted to start was begun. But that was all I got accomplished all day. Then I was back to work, typing as I had the chance. But it was so busy, I did not get a lot done.

I won NaNoWriMo! Four times, though I only have three recorded here on the blog. And oh, what a feeling!

NaNoWriMo Winner!: (2012) I won! I won, I won, I won! How about you? Have you crossed the finish line yet? You still have time (at least in my part of the world), and I wish you much luck.

NaNoWriMo Update – I Won!: (2013) Now that I have had a break from all the writing, and was able to enjoy my holiday, I would like to announce that I finished the NaNoWriMo challenge on November 26, 2013 with 50,110 words.

I Won NaNoWriMo…: (2014) … with 50,076 words on November 25, 2014. The month of November, even though I start out so excited about the NaNoWriMo Challenge, is quite stressful, what with work and holiday stuff. But it is well worth my time and effort, and always exciting when I get to the 50,000th (or more!) word. I wish all my fellow NaNoers the best of luck, and congratulations to those who have already one. And, if you don’t win, congratulations for trying so hard. You will be further ahead than before, and you can always try again next November.

It’s true. The prep and actual writing takes much time, and can be stressful. But it is all worth it in the end.

Are you joining the NaNoWriMo challenge this year? If so, I hope my previous posts have helped you to prepare and that they gave you a good idea of what will happen for you over the next couple of months. I hope they portrayed well enough the excitement over winning this challenge.

Good luck along your journey, and email me if you have any questions or just need some encouragement. (shannonlbuck@gmail.com) You could also leave a comment here for the community.

Happy Writing!

Shannon L. Buck

 

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No NaNoWriMo for Me this Year

299193526_80_80Why?

I want to finish up some things. I have a nonfiction book (for this blog) I want to publish in the next couple of months, plus 4 short stories. That is a lot of work, without adding the pressure of needing to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

First I need to get through the editing, and then be sure the graphics are right. I need to continue with marketing/promotional efforts I have begun.

I also need to finish the book I started last year during the challenge, though that will likely take place after the holidays.

Not that I don’t truly love the whole NaNoWriMo experience. I do! I just need to take this year off to get a few other things finished. Maybe I’ll be prepared for another challenge next year, if I accomplish all I want before that time. We shall see.

My question is, how many others are skipping it this year to finish up previous projects? Or have done so in the past? Was it worth it to you, and were you able to finish up what you planned?

I feel like it’s necessary for me to take a break from the challenge this year, and that I’ll be able to accomplish what I have been working on the last few months.

For those joining in on this years’ challenge, these blog posts may be helpful:

My NaNoWriMo Prep Week 2014

2014 NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Getting Ahead, In Preparation For NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: Keepin’ It Real, Keepin’ It Healthy

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Planning for NaNoWriMo

My NaNoWriMo Prep Day 2013

Ready For NaNoWriMo!

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’m sure you will do great with challenge, and will be proud of your accomplishments. I plan to read how things are going with people so, if you care to leave your blog/site URL in the comments, I will check in with people to see how things are going this year.

You can also email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always write back!

Shannon L. Buck




I Won NaNoWriMo 2014…

… with 50,076 words on November 25, 2014.

Winner-2014-Square-Button The month of November, even though I start out so excited about the NaNoWriMo Challenge, is quite stressful, what with work and holiday stuff. But it is well worth my time and effort, and always exciting when I get to the 50,000th (or more!) word.

I wish all my fellow NaNoers the best of luck, and congratulations to those who have already one. And, if you don’t win, congratulations for trying so hard. You will be further ahead than before, and you can always try again next November.

Now that I have gone through almost every candle, all my post-its, and most of my tea from my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit, my challenge for the year is done. I am taking a break from the manuscript for the holidays.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Shannon L. Buck

 




NaNoWriMo Update 11/11/2014

Well, my plans for writing on November 2nf did not pan out. See NaNoWriMo has Begun. I had the best of intentions, believe me, but the weather was so bad we lost the power for most of the day, after only a few hundred words typed. I was so disappointed. I won 2013, and am really hoping to win 2014 as well!

Other things got done: What cleaning I could do without hot water, and project I had wanted to start was begun. But that was all I got accomplished all day.

Then I was back to work, typing as I had the chance. But it was so busy, I did not get a lot done.

By November 5th, I had written only 2,872 words. On the 6th, I had raised the count to 6,349, and at the end of the 7th day there were 7,285 words to my manuscript.

That night, I went away. My vacation, started a couple of days before, was bringing me up north to visit my daughter. A 4 hour bus drive, and a 1 hour car ride, and I was in Fort Kent. And I enjoyed my visit, not writing a single word.

Back home yesterday, I did laundry and relaxed all day, being too tired to write, and then, this evening, the 11th of November, I hit 11,356 words. My nephew, Zach, learning that I was spending time on the manuscript today, challenged me to get to 11,000 words. And, as you can see, I surpassed that count.

A huge thanks to my nephew for setting that challenge for me.

My place was clean when I started, and I had lit an autumn scented candle from my survival kit, and I typed away. I took three breaks: 2 for mini workouts, and 1 for dinner. That was it. I updated him at each break on how I was doing.

I feel better now that I have broken 10,000, and will feel even better once 15,000 words have been written.

Often, I find myself starting out slow at the beginning of the month, and finishing strong, before the 30th. Hopefully this year will be much the same.

How is your writing going this month? How many words have you written so far?

Shannon L. Buck




NaNoWriMo 2014 has Begun

This is what it looked like outside my window this morning. The first snow. And a yucky one. My Facebook status reads: “It would not have been so bad if I had woken to light, fluffy snow falling gently to the ground. But no, it has to be THIS kind of snow. And cold. And wet. And you can hardly see the trees across the field. Yuck. I prefer snows you want to walk in and take pictures of. Maybe it is just that I am not ready for the snow yet. Anyway, hope you all have a great day! 10:00 AM.”

So, I turned the heat on. It just seems so cold, but it might just be because I am looking at the snow. Or perhaps the extreme winds. And I made a cup of Spiced Cinnamon Chai tea. A Warm Apple Pie scented candle is burning, and I am ready to write.

Yesterday I worked, NOT starting my book. But I knew I had today off and would have plenty of time to work on the manuscript. Anyone else a day behind? I am sure there must be others.

Background noise (necessary) for my day of writing includes Baby Boom, Little Women, and the Grumpy Old Men Movies. Why? Because of the snow themes.

I’ll update here again soon.

Shannon L. Buck




My NaNoWriMo Prep Week 2014

Not much time left to prepare for NaNoWriMo! In the past I have done Prep-Days:

My NaNoWriMo Prep Day 2013

What I did on My Pre-NaNo Day

This year, however, I have not yet been able to find a single day to do all the prepping.

Therefore, I have been plugging away as I can. Here is what I have been up to:

  1. I did some shopping to pick up a few supplies.
  2. I put together my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit.
  3. I have written my letter to friends and family (on FaceBook) to remind them that I will be busy in November, and why.
  4. Plus, I unfriended a few people who I do not communicate, unfollowed some others who I do not need to read the status of, and hid still others from my newsfeed. The less distractions the better.
  5. Emails are being considered strongly. If I don’t have time to read certain things normally, I am unsubscribing. I certainly wont have time for them next month.
  6. I read through all my blog posts about NaNoWriMo from previous years, looking for what worked and what did not. This way, I know what to cut, and what to expect.
  7. My portfolio for physical notes, outlines, and character sketches has been set up.
  8. I updated my NaNoWriMo book information on their site.
  9. I have gotten ahead on some blog posts, and am working on articles, that will be scheduled to post during November, while I am busy writing 50,000 words for this challenge.
  10. I have rearranged my room to make space for all the holiday decorating. Autumn decorating is complete, and I am going to get my Yule decorations out of storage tomorrow so they are ready to go on Thanksgiving. I will be taking that day off from writing for the challenge.
  11. I will also be grabbing my books on Pagan topics from storage, as I will need them for reference while writing the manuscript.
  12. I m working on my character sketches, outline, and getting some simple notes written.
  13. My plans re set for visiting my daughter. I will bring my laptop to work on the manuscript during the bus ride there, and when she is working.
  14. I have permission to work on my manuscript at work during down time, and I will bring my laptop to work with me on Mondays and Tuesdays, so I can write while waiting for my rides to get out of work. One concentrated hour each of those days.
  15. I m working on coming up with my mini workout routines, to keep moving while spending long days working. Frequent mini workouts throughout the day. Also, I will still be walking at least a few days a week.
  16. I have set up folder in my word processing software. A folder with all the documents I need and my manuscript.

All I have to do is finish the items I m still working on, and set up my work space.

How are your preparations coming along?

Shannon L. Buck




2014 NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

2012 NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

2013 NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

NaNoWriMo begins on the first! I am excited and nervous at the same time. I am going to be working on a new story, that I am not entirely prepared to write. I am doing what I can to prepare for November, hoping I get enough things done around my home that I wont feel distracted.

As for preparations for writing, I have few notes and my survival kit has been mostly put together.

1. The kit includes a variety of candles, including cinnamon, pumpkin berry, and cranberry zest scents.

2. Matches

3. My 2007 NaNoWriMo tee-shirt. The year of my first challenge, and I won!

4. A variety of tasty teas: vanilla caramel, green, vanilla chai, chamomile (for when I need to sleep), and spiced cinnamon chai.

5. Pens. Many pens.

6. Highlighters

7. Post-Its, for quick notes.

8. My trusty laptop, and the designated book folder.

9. The most helpful invention ever: My slow cooker! Less time standing in front of the stove.

10. Wiccan reference books, because the book is about witches.

DSCN0331413011. The book portfolio. This nifty thing holds two legal pads and a pen.

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Convenient. All notes will be organized into this portfolio before November 1st.

DSCN0329412812. Story notes. This is what i have so far, and it needs to be organized. There will be other notes as well.

What does your survival kit look like?

Shannon L. Buck




Getting Ahead, In Preparation for NaNoWriMo

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NaNoWriMo begins November 1st, and I am beginning to prepare already. I want to be sure I have all my ducks in a row so I will have plenty of time to work on my book.

There are many things a writer can do to prepare for the 30 day writing challenge, and I thought I would share what I am doing this year.

  1. First, I want my space rearranged before Thanksgiving for displaying Yule decorations. I always decorate on Thanksgiving. To make this process go a bit more quickly, I will rearrange my space, dust everything, and vacuum under things in October. Also, this newly arranged space will be more organized. This is how I want my winter to begin.
  2. I will have put together my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit, which may be different than in previous years. You can check out examples of these kits here and here, for ideas on creating your own.
  3. I will have stocked up on necessary non perishables, for less frequent, faster shopping trips. And, I will have the first weeks supply of fresh produce and whatnot handy. My slow cookers will be at the ready, so I can quickly throw food into them. These foods will cook on my days off, and be proportioned out for work and home lunches/dinners and breakfasts. I will have healthy trail mixes made in advance, for snacking while writing.
  4. I will make sure all my people know that I do NOT want to be bothered when I am home unless there is an emergency. I have a sign to hang on my door so my neighbors in the house will not knock and disturb.
  5. Simple notes, character sketches, and a loose outline will be done before the first. I will also have my stories town map hung on my wall, to use as a visual aid.
  6. My plans for visiting my daughter for a few days in November are set. It is her birthday month, so I take time away from NaNoWriMo for a short visit with her up north. I will bring my laptop to work on my manuscript on the bus ride there and back, and I will plug away at it when Skye is working. But I will enjoy the time with my daughter.
  7. I already have permission to work on the manuscript at work, when there is a lull in activity. I work as a front desk agent at an inn, so I will work on it in between checking people in an out. This actually worked out well for me last year. I finished the manuscript early. Enough to win the challenge.
  8. I have already begun writing and scheduling posts and articles to publish to my blogs and channels during the month of November. I am writing the bare minimum to get my readers through. I only want to have to write a post for this blog once a week in November, to update you all on my progress with the challenge. Everything else you will read next month will have been written this month.
  9. I have already planned to take Thanksgiving off, even though I have no plans that day. I will make my little meal, and relax. When I am done eating, I will decorate for the holidays, listen to Christmas movies. Unless they schedule me to work at the inn. Then I will write, because it will not be a busy day and I will become bored quickly.
  10. I will come up with a workout routine for the month of November that can be accomplished each day in small bursts. I have to get up from the computer once every hour or so due to back issues, so working out will be a big help.

That is the extent of my planning for NaNoWriMo, so far anyway.

Share your methods of planning to take time off from life to write next month, in the comments below. Or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com.

Shannon L. Buck




NaNoWriMo: Keepin’ it Real, Keepin’ it Healthy

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With NaNoWriMo starting November 1st, it is a good idea to start thinking about how to get through that month as smoothly as possible. We want to come through the other end in relatively good health, physically and mentally.

November, after all, is a darn stressful, darn busy, month.

How will we each get through it?

  1. We can start by doing a little planning. While there is a NaNo Prep Day, I tend to spend the month of October working on this project. I do make plans on that one day, for certain aspects of what I am going to do in November, but I spread most of my planning out so as not to get over-stressed.
  2. Use the month of October to put together a NaNoWriMo Survival Kit.  The survival kits will contain whatever you find necessary to get you through November: Notebooks, pens, candles, tea… You get the picture.
  3. A couple of days before beginning the challenge, go on a shopping trip for healthy foods. Eating well during NaNoWriMo will aid you in having the energy necessary to accomplish everything you will need to do during November: Work, write like crazy, cook a Thanksgiving meal, decorate for the upcoming holidays, spend time with family. Clean – once in a while if not every day. Fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks, and easy salads to go with meals. Meals that can be put into the crock pot each morning, to cook slowly throughout the day. Sweet and Sour Pork and Chili are a couple of meals that can be prepared easily. Plan to shop weekly to always have easy meals to prepare. Or make out your shopping lists in October, placing them on the refrigerator for someone else. They can shop to make things easier on you.
  4. Once a week, make life easier by having food delivered. Splurge. Treat yourself to a piece of cake every 10,000 words written, if you like.
  5. Make sure you spend a little time with your children and your significant other each day. They matter, and will miss you otherwise. Take a family walk once a week. Have dinner with them at least a few times each week. Catch up on their lives. Talk to them about your book!
  6. Break things up. When stuck, a walk will help to get out pent-up energy. I find that walking helps me to come up with more ideas for my stories.
  7. Work out each day. No time for a full workout? Take natural breaks from writing, spending 5 minutes doing stretches, squats, jogging in place. Whatever works for you. Six short breaks a day will give you 30 minutes of activity. If you combine this with a 20 minute walk each day, you will stay in shape.
  8. Take time for yourself at least once a week. Watch a movie. Read a chapter of a book. Soak in the tub. Getting your mind of the book  you are writing has a way of letting ideas flow.
  9. Drink plenty of water. Try room temperature lemon water with honey each morning for good digestion. Drink tea, or coffee. Be sure to have plenty on hand! And don’t forget to get in your vitamin C each day.
  10. Write! As much as you can. Where you can. I write at home, as well as during my down time at work. I have my bosses permission. I have spent time in libraries, typing away, and at the park. Write where you write best.

Feel free to share your ideas for keepin’ it real and keepin’ it healthy during NaNoWriMo in the comments, or by emailing me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Shannon L. Buck