Tortured Soul by @Edwinasepisodes

Hoping Judy becomes my NaNo Buddy since I’m reblogging her this week. 🙂 Gotta support the NaNo sufferers. Click through to support her post!


Edwina's Episodes

I decided that I had to still take part in Ronovan’s weekly Haiku challenge despite trying to participate in NaNoWriMo as I would get withdrawal symptoms otherwise!

The prompt words actually gave me a hard time this week!

Anyway, here is what I made of it:

My mind is tortured;

Crashing, swirling thoughts break through;

A Haiku is born


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It’s a NoNo not to NaNo! @NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month begins today. Have a book you’re working on and want to finish it? Have one you want to do the second draft of? Then now is the time to do it.

If you can write a blog post you can do NaNoWriMo. It’s a rough draft, not a polished book. No research required. Just right.

Go to to sign up.

Then look me up and add me as your Buddy at

I WON LAST YEAR! My first time doing it.

Dome of Preparation for NaNoWriMo

Working title and book cover. A book from an idea by my son and me.

Honor Bound Monsters by Ronovan Hester

How to come up with a book idea.

Whether you are in NaNoWriMo, just starting thinking about writing, or wondered how authors came up with their ideas, here are a few ways we do it. My article on LitWorldInterviews.

Lit World Interviews

You have a goal to write a novel. Perhaps you want to do so in one month’s time. You are pumped and ready to go. You sit down at your keyboard and

You got it, nothing happens. Blank. Headache. Pit level feeling of nausea. Despair.

I know of what I speak. I think I just proved that. What do do about it.

How to come up with a book idea.

Thousands of books are unleashed upon the world every day. Therefore there must be thousands of ideas floating around out there somewhere. But you want yours to be original and not a copy of someone else. I get that, I really do. I actually avoid reading at times because I want my story to be my story.

How do I come up with ideas?

I’ve written perhaps . . . well we’ll say in the double digit numbers of books…

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#NaNoWriMo Day 1: My #Writing #Tips for Today. “Stop with an idea.”

Yes, it’s NaNoWriMo time. So what am I doing instead of working feverishly away at a novel? Why I am here with a tip about writing away feverishly at a novel.

I had fun announcing my entry into NaNoWriMo. I like to play around with the fear factor. Yes, I am a little nervous, never having participated before, but I’m okay. I got the know how and stuff and great people to help along the way. It’s just getting used to the what to do on the site I have to deal with. But that doesn’t mean I am not going to help any of you that want to write, NaNo or not.

So here are my writing tips for today.

Stop With an Idea.

I wrote about this quite some time ago in an article about how to avoid writer’s block. I thought it would be a good idea to rehash it now.

One quick and simple tip, okay two.

Don’t stop writing at the end of a chapter

When you stop at the end, it’s kind of the end. Yes you have a cliffhanger, most likely, but then you stop, your energy is spent. You walk away from it, don’t do that!

That leads to tip two.

Leave yourself with an idea for tomorrow

Don’t write until you are out of ideas for the day. Stop short. You have a great scene you are doing, perhaps you are coming up on the cliff hanger ending to a chapter. Stop. When you come back the next time you have that cliffhanger to write and then you have the energy to write on through the beginning of the next and then however long you feel like it.  Just always stop with an idea in your head. Don’t walk away empty headed. Always have an idea to come back to and an idea to play around in your head while you are away.


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What have I done? #NaNoWriMo ? Yes, I signed up. AIIEIIEIIE!

Wherever I go,
I will never know
What it’s like to show
The badge of woe
Unless I join the flow
And enter . . .  yes, enter . . . NaNoWriMo


What have I done?

What have I gotten myself into?

Yes, true believers, Ronovan Writes has entered the . . . dun dun dun . . .

NaNoWriMo Zone!!!

(cue Twilight Zone music)

NaNoWriMo.jpg(now cue Lost in Space TV show music)

Several people had asked me about this odd sounding thing. Me? Where would I find the time? I am not really that good a writer. I call myself a hack. I can write short pieces. But a full novel? Then, here I am in the middle of a Fibro Flare and they catch me. I entered.

50,000 words in 30 days? A novel?

Why pray tell am I even mentioning this?

Because I may be scared scarce around here for a bit. You know me though, I’ll be here just as much, the idiot that I am. I just don’t know when to quit. I’ll be perhaps sharing my exploits in the NaNoWriMo Zone with all of you. Wish me luck and an increase in the dosage of my medications, I actually have an appointment tomorrow and very likely this will happen as they try to find a maintenance level. What good timing.

Me, doing NaNoWriMo. What have I gotten myself into?

Much Knee Shaking


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Jen’s Top 10 NaNoWriMo Tips

Yeah, how convenient. Jenna with tips for NaNoWriMo. And not participating just because she is editing her book that’s been optioned as a film. oooo muahahahaha Okay. The woman knows of what she speaks. Check. It. Out.

Jen's Pen Den

Lately, a lot of people have been asking me if I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. The answer, unfortunately, is no. Since I’m in the middle of editing my current WIP, I don’t have the time to join in. However, I wanted to offer up some advice to those of you who have accepted the daunting task of writing 50K words in one month.

Jen’s Top 10 NaNoWriMo Tips

1. Decide why you are participating

“I signed up just because.”

No, no, no! Don’t say this when people ask you why you’re doing NaNoWriMo. Give yourself a valid, reliable, motivating reason to participate:

“I’ve been slacking lately and need a kick in the butt.”

“I have a great idea for a novel.”

“People say NaNo’s impossible. I’m gonna prove them wrong!”

Whatever your personal motive, make sure you have one. Don’t sign up for NaNoWriMo just to sign up. If you do, I can almost guarantee…

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