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National Novel Writing Month

As of today (Wednesday October 27) there is only 4 more days left until NaNoWriMo aka National Novel Writing Month. For those who have no clue what NaNoWriMo is about I will sum it up in seven words: One heck of a crazy writing month! This is, what I believe to be, my sixth year doing this event and I still find it crazy!

The jist of this month long event is, you come up with an idea for a novel then, starting on November 1st, you write 50, 000 words by November 30th. Sounds simple right? Haha it's not. However just because it's not simple does not mean you shouldn't try it. I believe I mentioned in an earlier post this year about challenging myself more. This is certainly one challenge I look forward to each year. If you're interested in doing NaNoWrimo click here for more information. You could always leave a comment here as well, and I'll be more than willing to help out.

So, for those who already know what NaNoWriMo is all about I wanted to know what you find to be the most challenging part of this event?

Personally, for me I always find that middle week is the hardest. My sleep deprivation catches up to me at that time yet I know I cannot allow myself to sleep more than I have to or I will waste precious time on my what-I-think-is-a-fantastic-novel-being-written.

I wanted to share a YouTube video with you all, relating to NaNoWriMo. A few people wrote a song about the event and decided to make a video for it. I find the song is very catchy.
Click here to see it.

Until next time, have a fantastic week.



I apologize for no post last week. I was attending the Muse Online Writer's Conference as mentioned before, with that on top of my everyday life it was one heck of a busy week.

With that said, I wanted to update you all on some good news that has happened to me during the conference.

I may or may not have mentioned that I was chosen to pitch my short story to a publisher (Muse It Up Publishing). The entire week I spent many hours working on what my pitch would contain. It is extremely hard, especially when you tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. One day, I believe it was Thursday, I worked on my pitch for 8 hours straight. I still ended that day unhappy with what I wrote. It took me until the hour before the pitch to write one that I was extremely happy with.

Anyways to keep the story short, I pitched my story online while I shook uncontrollably. It was pretty difficult to type. That last minute pitch must have been really good because I was told they liked the originality of it and the emotion that I put into the pitch describing the story. At the end of the pitch they asked me to send my short story in along with a synopsis YAY!

All week I have been doing my happy dance!

I wanted to ask all of you writers out there what was it like for you when you pitched or was interviewed by a publisher for the first time?

Do you have issues writing a pitch and/or query?

Until next time have a good week. Be kind to each other!

The Muse Online Writer's Conference

If you are a writer and haven't heard of The Muse Online Writer's Conference then you are in for a treat this week!

This is my 3rd year attending the FREE conference, yes you read right, it is free unless you register late of course.

This year is also my 2nd year of volunteering which has proven to be quite chaotic to say the least.

The conference is plenty of fun for being completely online. I have met some fantastic people for whom I have befriended and talk to quite often.

The volunteering this year has been CRAZY to say the least. I have never learned so much about spreadsheets in such a short amount of time as I have this year.

With that said, if you are a writer and have no register for this year's conference, registration for next years conference is two weeks away so be sure to register!! Make sure to check the site by clicking the link above!!

If you are already registered and are going to be an attendee or maybe even a presenter, please do me a favour and say thank you to all the moderators, transcribers, techies and of course Lea Schizas for all their hard work this year! Believe me, from experience all these volunteers are working Full Time hourse to ensure this conference runs smoothly!

If you're attending this year let me know what you're username is for I can look out for you!