Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Head down, fingers moving and GO!

Have you heard of Nanowrimo?



National November Writing Month is what Nanowrimo stands for. 

Every year I look forward to this event every November. I write every day of the year. So it really shouldn't be a big deal if I participate in Nanowrimo, but it is!

There is so much hubbub for writers the entire month. 
The Nanowrimo website has links and writer's forums that get you motivated. Trust me, writing is a very lonely job. All day long I sit on my hinny and sit in front of my computer. It sounds like a lot of fun when in reality, it's difficult. You have to be disciplined to be a writer. 
I turn off my cell phone, I turn off social media, and I set the timer on my watch so it reminds me to get up and move. 

Mentally writing exhausts me.
My mind is always going with characters talking to me, deadlines looming, blogs to get written, readers to communicate with and there is literally no one to vent to about these things. Of course my husband is an amazing listener, but he still doesn't get it. He tells me, "you're living the life," only because I'm home and can do all the home things that need to be done.

I LOVE MY JOB! 

I'm not complaining. I'm only trying to show you just how lonely writing truly is. 
Nanowrimo is like a holiday for me. 

The website starts in October with guest authors, tips and tricks, even recipes to keep you writing. I guess most writers don't write every day. I do because I like a routine. They post inspirational videos! I love it.

During the month, Nanowrimo has a winners badge. How do you win? They provide you with a word count ticker. A novel by definition is a 50,000 word document/story. So in order to win Nanowrimo, you have to write at least 50,000. That's a little over 1,600/day. I'm used to writing between 3,000-5,000 words a day so it's not a problem for me to win the badge.

It's the bringing writers together once a year for a long month event is what gets me pumped. There is even a local meet up for writers who are participating and I love that! It's a month of inspiration that lasts me all year long.

What about you? Do you have something you look forward to every year that inspires you? Leave a comment and be entered to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card. Be sure to leave your email address in your comment. xo

66 comments:

  1. Every year, for the past several years, my husband and I have rented 2 garden plots from the Community Gardens and grown some of our own vegetables. This has inspired me to can and freeze for use over the winter and to find some new recipes for the years when we've been overwhelmed. dbahn@iw.net

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  2. I belong to the MAX;it's a fitness center. Every year at our anniversary month we are acknowledged and get a "Maxiversary" t-shirt. March is my month. I am motivated and inspired by other members to make a commitment to my fitness. As a diabetic this is important.

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  3. Every year I go through my bookshelves and donate books to a local small library. We have many in the area but I like to help out the smallest. I love reading and I want to share it.

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  4. I look forward to the time spent with family. I love baking and cooing familiar recipes and sharing those with family.

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  5. It's funny that it's a writer's month..every November since my own children were small I visit there old elementary and read..it gives the teacher a small break and gives me a chance to visit with the little ones..Guillianne@live.com

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  6. It's funny that it's a writer's month..every November since my own children were small I visit there old elementary and read..it gives the teacher a small break and gives me a chance to visit with the little ones..Guillianne@live.com

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  7. I look forward to a vacation that I never get to ttake.

    sandybar57@msn.com

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  8. Owning your own business means you work every day, especially when you live on the premises. My employees joke that Monday is my day off in name only. So, I look forward to our annual vacation. We only started doing that 6 years ago. But for 2 weeks, we go away and shut off the computer. I always come back with new enthusiasm. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  9. I go to the local arts and crafts fair every year. I love making stuff and I always find some useful things there.

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  10. Every year, we go to the orchard as a family in the fall. We take photos of the kids and the new kids in the family all together. It's fun. We then eat as many apple pies and drink as much cider as we can before we get a crop of apples to take home. Sherylhbooth@gmail.com

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  11. I look foward to Thanksgiving because I have fond memories of childhood Thanksgivings at my grandmothers.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  12. I totally forgot this started today, I don't think I was ready for Nov. to start...lol. I normally give this a try but never make it, I will one day! I always look forward to Oct. as I say it gives me a an excuse to read more scary books...other than that nope.

    Stormi
    booklady2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Thanks for the chance to win. I think the November writing thing they do every year sounds good. I even attempted it once. But I figured out I wasn't so good at it. You're right it does take a certain person who can "make" themselves do it. What I look forward every year doesn't seem inspirational but it truly is to me. I got to ICE, which is in Orlando Florida, and it is a hotel "warehouse" that is filled with everything ice. This years theme is Charlie Brown's Christmas. And it is such beautiful art to me. I do find it inspirational and it does get me in the holiday spirit too.
    nerdsrgood@msn.com

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  14. I look forward to our Schipperke National Specialty dog show each year. It moves around the country. I don't always get to go, but I try to go. I have been to Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Detroit, and other places. I try to take in other sights when I go.
    marlene(dot)ezell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. This past year and a half, I have had some serious health issues. Now it seems, I'm on the mend and feeling so much better, so I guess I look forward to each new day as another day of my life! I'm not ready to kick off just yet! Still have way too many books on my TBR shelves waiting to be read.
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  16. I celebrate the 1st day of Spring every year. It's a symbol of renewal of the earth. joyhejl@gmail.com

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  17. I celebrate the 1st day of Spring every year. It's a symbol of renewal of the earth. joyhejl@gmail.com

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  18. Taking my three children to the beach. I save all year for it. Love seeing them have a blast and money not be an issue for a week :)karyn4u22@hotmail.com

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  19. This will be my third year TRYING to write 50,000 words. I so want this to be my year! My motto is "What if I fall?" Oh, but my darling What if you fly? e.h.

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  20. sorry, my email - Catherine Winslow is catherinewinslow81@gmail.com

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  21. I look forward to our big family Christmas party. I get to visit with aunts, uncles and cousins that I may only see once a year. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  22. I look forward to time with my family - which is hard when they are scattered as they are. I have six daughters and their families so really enjoy any time I can with them.

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  23. November is here! That was fast! I look forward to the first snowstorm of the year. It always makes me take a step back and slowdown. It inspires me to do some projects inside the house, writing, organizing, declutter... I'm going to unofficially participate in NanoWriMo this month. Finally write a children's play that has been percolating in my mind. gillybean4@gmail.com

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  24. Spring inspires me.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  25. This year I'm looking forward to seeing all the "firsts" for my 2 month old grandson.

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  26. for the past few years, i take a 5 day trip to my sister's house in Florida. it inspires me to have something big to look forward to towards the end of the year.

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  27. I look forward to Christmas every year. Lots of good cooking, traditions, and memories. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  28. I live in the desert of Arizona so every year I look forward to going to the beaches of California in the summer when we have triple digit numbers.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  29. Every yeay I look forward to cooler weather. I love fall and winter. Most of all, I love snow! I can sit and watch the snow fall for hours. It makes this ole world of ours magical again.

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  30. In November I look forward to Thanksgiving because I just love the traditional dinner---and only have dressing once a year.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  31. I always look forward to Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday of the year, and I love giving thanks for all we are privileged to have.

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  32. I look forward to Christmas each year. I love the lights and most people are happier then. I like the colder weather too. I get to see my sister, she is the only family member that lives close to me. Everyone else are moved away.
    ninaatmyhouse@yahoo.com

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  33. I look forward to Christmas each year. I love the lights and most people are happier then. I like the colder weather too. I get to see my sister, she is the only family member that lives close to me. Everyone else are moved away.
    ninaatmyhouse@yahoo.com

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  34. I look forward to the cooler weather and the rain. We are so dry up here in Northern California, any sprinkle is appreciated. Love being able to bundle up to go for a walk and still being able to barbeque for supper because 60 is cold here, but never to cold to grill outside!!! judy399@wavecable.com

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  35. fall. i live back in tn mountains, literally look out window and watch leaves turn so many beautiful differnt colors

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  36. First of all congratulation on the ten books. Next, what I love about fall is that my husband and I were married ON Thanksgiving Day and this year will be our 53rd anniversary. We celebrated our 50th ON Thanksgiving Day Thursday, the same day and date that we had been married three years ago while on a vacation with our daughter and her family. It was very special to be with them to celebrate that milestone believe me. So fall, and November especially, always means the trips down memory lane of preparing for our long ago wedding and also renewing our commitment each year to be as happy and upbeat as we possibly can be in our "golden years". Our family and our three grandchildren make that even more special. Thank you.
    Cynthia

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  37. I can't say that there is any one thing that I look forward to each year, I pretty try to grab my chances as I see them. Whether it is family coming to visit or we go visit them, a vacation, a weekend away, I will take what I get. Congrats on your 10 book contract and audio!
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  38. I look forward to our trip to Las Vegas for the NFR.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  39. I love our yearly trip to the beach, Morro Bay CA, right after Christmas before the New Year. It's something we've been doing for the last five years. reading 4 komfort AT aol dot com

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  40. I look forward to Spring every year! A time of new beginnings for so many things! doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. I look forward to the spring season to plant my garden 🐦
    lorih824@yahoo.com

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  42. Every year I look forward to Christmas. It is a time of renewal, joy, and remembrance. I get giddy like a child and enjoy all the festivities.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  43. I always look forward to Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday of the year!

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  44. I look forward to holidays in general. I like celebrating and sharing joy with people. I was introduced to NaNoWriMo last year just before it started but I chickened out and felt too busy with life this year. But someday...I'll do it! :)
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  45. My Kids keep me inspired because I want them yo have Great Holiday Memories. Thanks giving and Christmas Thanks for the giveaway My email is iamabho (at) gmail (.) com

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  46. Looking forward to Nanowrimo, myself! I should really be writing right this minute instead of messing around on blogs, actually. ;)

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  47. I look forward to Reader Events. It's a great opportunity to meet new and old friends plus authors. spongebob2285@yahoo.com

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  48. I look forward to the craft fair each spring. I come away with lots of ideas.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  49. Just like a kid I look forward to Christmas every year.

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  50. I get inspired ever Spring to do my watercolor painting. All the beautiful flowers are great to paint. JFWisherd (at) aol (dot) com

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  51. I make it once a year to go to an expensive, It restaurant to treat myself wonderful dinner. I don't need my family to tell me that I'm wasting my money or be criticize by anyone.

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  52. I look forward to having Thanksgiving dinner with family. Email chgon7@yahoo.com

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  53. my birthday, it's next week lol

    denise

    dholcomb1 (at) aol (dot) com

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  54. I look forward to the holidays so I can bake and cook. I have to watch my sugar intake so I usually give these goodies to my family and friends.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  55. Yes, I do have an "inspiration day". I'm a scrapbooker and card maker, so I love it when National Scrapbooking Day and National Card Making days arrive. sandieherron@comcast.net

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  56. I look forward to the end of summer every year. I finally get my energy back, and I can work out in my garage studio on my stained glass. I just come alive when it cools off. I love seeing the leaves change, and every year my parents and I drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway and have a nice picnic in the fall.

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  57. I'm looking forward to the upcoming holidays!

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  58. I forgot my email. Labyrd@msn.com

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  59. I look forward to my Kids basketball season which starts the first of December. It would seem with all the driving to practices and games all over the county that I would dread this time every year but I've found that I'm looking forward to this season. My oldest two daughters played basketball but they graduated two years ago and now I have my three youngest. I have twin boys in 3rd grade and my youngest daughter is in 6th. I love watching them learn to work as a team and they all love to win. I've found myself kind of getting bogged down with all their sports and my youngest daughter also takes dance and gymnastics all year long. This last year as I've gotten older, I really appreciate the time I have left with them before they are off to college. We just finished youth football and I even found myself enjoying that and I'm NOT really a football kind of girl. myraball@gmx.com

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  61. I look forward to Thanksgiving when all the family is together.

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  62. I look forward to Thanksgiving when all the family is together.

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  63. Each year we put together blessing bags to give out to the homeless. I pick up blankets and leave them in the car along with gloves and hats I find on sale. Anything to show some love...

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