What it Takes to Be a “Real” Writer

For those of us getting ready to jump into the abyss that is NaNo (and I mean abyss in the best sense), remind yourself everyday that you are a PROFESSIONAL WRITER! You can do this! Don’t think in long terms (God, who can write 50,000 words in one month – I must be crazy), think about what you can do today! “Today, I’m going to finish my outline. This will help me stay on track during November. Maybe even today I can write a character background.” Small goals. One step at a time and one foot in front of the other. You can do this!

Also, check out the different Facebook groups and NaNo page for buddies – don’t go this alone. This is the brilliance of NaNo – so many people are with you this coming month – reach out. 🙂 You can “buddy” me; my NaNo user name is: Ngrabner. Best of luck to everyone!

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Since we are only a couple weeks away from NaNoWriMo, I thought this would be a great topic to discuss. If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is? You aren’t a real writer. Kidding! Calm down 😛 .

November is National Novel Writing Month and it’s a fun challenge to see if we have what it takes to write a novel (50,000 words) in one month. Though the challenge is geared toward newer writers, I can attest that writers of all levels join in and it is my favorite time of year. Even though I have written millions of words and five books, I love being part of the challenge because of the creative energy new people bring to the table.

Countless folks will join the challenge just to try and see if they have what it takes to seriously pursue the dream of going pro. Fifty thousand words isn’t…

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