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Last Day of NaNo | Win, Lose, or Draw?

Aloha everyone!

As I predicted, I’ve let some dust build up here as I worked on my novel for NaNoWriMo. Let’s knock down the cobwebs and dust off this place, shall we?

2015 winner

I won NaNoWriMo! I won the day before Thanksgiving during my #writestuff virtual write-in that I hosted with Burgess Taylor and Amy Tasukada. Here’s our write-in. If you still have some words to write, you can write along with us. Or you can check out my awesome (which is pretty debatable) victory dance.

I’m kicking around the idea of doing a weekly video of my editing process for this novel. Would y’all be interested in seeing that here? I’m still debating it, but leaning toward- sure. It’ll keep me accountable and I think it’ll help me to realize what works for me and what doesn’t. I edited my poetry collection and The Reverie Journal’s collection, but I haven’t edited an entire novel that was mine. I’m excited…and nervous. I talk about it a bit more here:

I also, verified my novel on camera, showed off some of my baking skills, and basically was all smiles for Thanksgiving and turkey day eve. I hope if you celebrate Thanksgiving that you were surrounded by loved ones and good food. (I suppose that’s just a good hope in general, Thanksgiving or not.)

That about lets you know what’s been happening on this little bit of the island for the past few weeks If you want to ask me questions for a Q&A video, plop your questions in the comments. I’d like to do a Q&A video sometime later this month.

How did your NaNo go? Did you refocus your energies on something else? Did you hit your goal? Let me know in the comments. I love hearing about your journeys.

Aloha, y’all

 

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Rough Week 1 NaNoWriMo

I’ve had a pretty harsh week, but I’ve kept up with my vlogs. That’s something, I suppose. Right now I’m behind 846 words for the word count, which I’m definitely not loving. I’m hoping tomorrow will bring a brand new mindset and a brand new day.

Here’s some videos to let you know what’s, what on the islands.

I co-hosted a virtual NaNoWriMo write-in, you should check it out:

 

This is when the day got horrible and I tell you a little about it.

And this is when I decided that I’m not going to let bad days steal my shine. Bad days are going to happen. But what I decide to do with it is what’s the most important:

Also, I go against the norm here. I don’t think all rough drafts are crap. Just because it’s conventional wisdom, doesn’t mean it works for me. Here’s how I think of it:

How did your week go? Are you writing? Are you reading? I hope next week is a fantastic one for you and I’ll be updating you soon.

Aloha y’all! 

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NaNoWriMo and Me

I’m definitely doing it again this year. Setting myself up against a 50,000 word gauntlet. Going to compete against myself to see if I can win that prize of crossing the finish line. Where the biggest goal is being able to say, “I did it.”

NaNoWriMo is an international event where people sit their butts down and write a novel in one month.

Yup. One month.

It’s a crazy thought and a daunting task, but it’s not impossible. Of course, after the month the books won’t be publish ready. There’s so much rewriting, editing, editing, editing, rewriting to do afterward. However, whether you write a rough draft in 30 days or 3 years the rewriting has to happen. It’s part of a diligent process. But it’s worth it.

Last year was the first time I vlogged it and I’m going to do that again. Nope, I do not know what has possessed me to take up such a challenge and then decide to make it that much more difficult. Perhaps I’m as crazy as they say I am? (Who’s “they” don’t ask. You might know them.)

Here’s my video where I talk about what I’ll be doing next month. I’ll be trying to keep you up-to-date on here, but the easiest way to know what’s going on with my writing (especially for the month of November) would be to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? Let me know down in the comments. Hope you enjoy the video! Aloha y’all!

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