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Strategies For A Successful NaNoWriMo

My apologies for the unplanned hiatus. I got socked with that yucky bug going around, and this is basically the first day I've been able to breathe well enough to string coherent words together, so on with the regularly scheduled program:

As I said earlier busy-brained and NaNoWriMo go quite well together. The fast-paced nature of writing 50k words in 30 days helps kick procrastination and writer's block out of the way, but it's still no easy feat, especially with those of us that tend to be a tad bit disorganized. That's where my beloved strategies come into play. By setting the groundwork for a successful month early, it makes life a lot easier later in the month when you feel out of control and behind on literally everything, not just word-count.  And while there are plenty of sites that will give you great tips on how to prep for the actual writing part - outlining, character development, etc., there aren't as many that dea…

NaNoWriMo And ADHD

Despite my previous post warning about extreme deadlines that do more harm than good you’d think NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) would be a bad idea and yet as contradictory as it seems I’m a big supporter of it. In fact, I've been a participant for over ten years. Every year whether I win or lose I learn something new about myself as a writer and get a little bit better. Since being diagnosed and starting treatment for my ADHD, I've made HUGE strides in my writing success with NaNoWriMo. From first-hand experience, I think it is an excellent tool for the ADHD writer.

Sorry about the pun but it's true. The easily distracted and busy-brained are quick to get hooked on the new and shiny. NaNoWriMo is just that new and shiny thing that gets us excited and hyperfocused, and it's just long enough to keep us engaged. Despite the stereotype that we are lazy and lack motivation, we know we can be incredibly motivated and hardworking when we're excit…

Joy Writing - Description Prompt

Describe any item you have nearby without saying what it is in your description of it.

This is a pretty familiar prompt, but I think it's a good one. It helps expand your sensory awareness in storytelling as well as attention to detail. Best of all it's quick and easy, a perfect warm-up to get the words flowing when you're feeling stuck.

Motivational Monday [oops! It's Tuesday!]

October is ADHD Awareness Month, Dear Writers, so there are a lot of great things to check out right now. has a TON of resources that I've had my head buried in all day, and I even learned a few new things. Actually ADHD is offering followers a chance to share their ADHD story all month long. ADDitude Magazine has 31 myths debunked for 31 days of awareness. has a lot of info on the history of ADHD, and can help you get involved in raising awareness if you are so inclined. Also How To ADHD has a great video How To Know If You Have ADHD that is worth checking out if you think you might but aren't sure.

If you think you have it, now would be a great time to find out for sure. If it turns out you don't, that's great! But knowing is better than not knowing and if you think something is wrong it's worth getting yourself checked out. There might be something else at play that's keeping you from being the awesome you that you c…

Avoiding Dead-End Deadlines

Don't get me wrong deadlines are great. Without them, most of us wouldn't get anything done. But sometimes deadlines do us more harm than good the wrong kind of deadline anyway. If you've noticed a common theme of my blog, it is how to deal with avoiding writing avoidance. Why do we avoid writing even when we love it? There are lots of reasons, but the biggies are fear and guilt which come in many guises - procrastination, performance anxiety, and the ever ubiquitous Writer's Block. All these things can be boiled down to the core problem of not feeling like we're good enough. We usually avoid writing initially out of fear quickly followed by guilt creating a toxic combo that kills creativity.

Many of us feel that if we have a deadline, then we will eliminate the problem of procrastination - one of our biggest nemesis. But that's not exactly how it works. Some writers can push past procrastination with sheer willpower. And we all know that most ADHDers work well…

Sabotage And Our Plans To Write

[Edit: Oh boy, this sure was a slap together last second kind of a post that needed more proofreading than I gave it right before going to bed after not getting enough sleep the last several days before. I'm sorry for that, and I'm sorry for not sticking to my schedule. This past week I took all my writing advice and threw it out the window. I could not get my butt into my writing chair for anything. But that's how it goes, right? We have good days and bad ones (er..weeks). And since we're all a little bit prone to being saboteurs, I figured this post should be written, even as poorly as it was - I did just go through and edited it. Thanks for putting up with me.]

I'm going to do a more in-depth write up about this later, but in the meantime, I just wanted to let you know that self-sabotage happens to the best of us. I've been letting myself be lazy when I've had downtime instead of taking my own advice.

No matter how hard we try to stick to our goals somet…

Joy Writing - Truth Or Dare Prompt

Play truth or dare with two (or more) characters - yours or otherwise. It doesn't have to turn naughty unless you want it to, but do try to keep the players "in character." Explore what each character is willing to reveal about themselves. What secrets do they have yet undiscovered? How far are they willing to go for a dare? Have fun and feel free to use this exercise any time you're trying to suss out character backstory or as a combat to feeling stuck.

Good luck and keep writing!