NaNoWriMo: Proven strategies on how to finish your NaNoWriMo novel.

#NaNoWriMo: Proven strategies on how to finish your novel. #WritingTips @Writers_Authors

November is NaNoWriMo when writers from across the globe join together to write 50,000 words in 31 days.

At 1667 words per day, for many it can take motivation, discipline and a little planning to reach the required word count. While for others, the month offers an opportunity to write the start of a first draft without any expectations.

Once the middle of November arrives, however, some writers can become side-tracked with distractions and maybe even be tempted to give up on the days they feel uncreative and tired.

Fortunately, Stop Procrastinating, the productivity website, has surveyed 2000 NaNoWriMo writers ahead of this year’s challenge to find out what kept them going until the very end.

The findings are actionable and practical. From undertaking a little planning before hand from doing a little writing on your lunch break and learning how to write anywhere, the strategies are sure to help many undertaking the challenge this year to reach the 50,000 goal.

Stop Procrastinating has pulled all the results together in the infographic below. 

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Publishing: Print, Digital and POD

Publishing: Print, Digital and POD , guest post by Sam Smith #Publishing
I was an almost author for 23 years. That was from my early twenties: I'm 68 now. I say 'almost author' because in among the rejections in those 23 years at least once every couple of years I'd have an agent or a publisher considering taking on my work. After a while I got to see that these were people just starting up as publishers and with no real business aptitude or they were old publishers with ossified lists and were desperately looking for a title to stop themselves going bust.
My novels were changed, even proofed a couple of times, covers were considered, before belly and up arrived. Then in the mid-eighties another new publisher - my book was to be their one fiction title - took me on. Numerous editorial meetings followed, a novelist MP was to be one of their backers, the MS was hawked around the UK Parliament... October 1987 promptly came along with the stock crash. Their real backer, not the MP novelist, lost all his venture capital.
I was by this time in my late forties with not a novel, not a word in print. I decided to switch to poetry, solely to have some words of mine on a page in black and white. Within a couple of years I had a collection, 'To Be Like John Clare', had poems shortlisted for prizes and even got to read on national radio. 
Seeing how the small presses worked (desk-top publishing then) I set up my own, Original Plus, and started my own poetry magazine, The Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry.
The technology is important here. Because although I like to think that it may have been my budding reputation as a poet (Sam Smith who he?) it was the arrival of online publishing that finally saw the publication of one of my novels, Sister Blister, by one of the first online publishers, Online Originals. Sister Blister even got put in for the Booker, and a hardback POD followed. As did publication by other POD presses and short run publishers.
The fuddy-duddies were finished, the future had arrived. I was having paperbacks published by Salzburg, Jacobyte in Australia, BeWrite in France, dpdotcom on the Isle of Man, and elsewhere in the UK - Bluechrome/boho, Kite, Odyssey, erbacce-press, Indigo Dreams, Skrev, Turner Maxwell... I even got taken on as poetry and fiction editor by three of the publishers. And then the POD bubble burst.
Hosting a POD platform costs, and unfortunately POD sales rarely meet those costs. The switch to digital by many readers also hit the paperback market. That saw the end of my employers and has resulted in my very latest publisher, Safkhet (Germany), offering publication of my novel Trees in digital formats first, POD if digital sales justify the cost. From digital back to digital I feel publishing has completed yet another circle.
Now with the plethora of self-published novels querying both digital and POD markets it's difficult to see where publishing is going next. The one certainty is, although expectations of fame and fortune may be modified, I for one will carry on putting pen to paper, fingers to keyboard.

Sam Smith. Editor of The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry'), publisher of Original Plus books, I was born Blackpool 1946, now living in Maryport, Cumbria. A freelance writer, now pensioner, my last casual job was as an amusement arcade cashier. Before  that I was a psychiatric nurse, residential social worker, milkman, plumber, laboratory analyst, groundsman, sailor, computer operator, scaffolder, gardener, painter & decorator........ working at anything, in fact, which has paid the rent, enabled me to raise my three daughters and which hasn't got too much in the way of my writing. I now have several poetry collections and novels to my name.

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Interview with Alysha Kaye

What genre do you write and why?
I write contemporary fiction—mostly realistic, although my first novel has aspects of fantasy as well! I just love writing about the beauty in real, day-to-day lives.

Tell us about your latest book. 
Interview with Alysha KayeThe Waiting Room was inspired by a dream I had about waiting for my boyfriend after death—it’s all about the chance to be reborn again and again with the love of your life. The catch, however, is that you have to wait for them to pass away…and that could be a number of painful years, stuck in a waiting room watching them go on with their life. The Waiting Room follows Jude and Nina, a normal, happily married couple, as they are reborn together again and again.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 
I use Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress, and Instagram to market my novel—gotta love social media!

What formats is the book available in? 
Paperback and Kindle.

Who are your favourite authors? 
Currently, Markus Zusak and Audrey Niffenegger.

What advice do you have for other writers? 
Set goals for yourself and FORCE yourself to write sometimes, even when you really, really don’t want to (that’s when some of the best material surfaces). Don’t listen to the people who will inevitably try to discourage you.

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers? 
I really like the Hemingway quote, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

What's the best thing about being a writer? 
The best thing is hearing from readers who really enjoyed your work—it’s so incredibly fulfilling, even if it’s just ONE random stranger telling you they cried during chapter 5, etc.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing? 
Please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Wordpress! All of my sites are listed on my website:

Who is you favorite character in your book and why? 
My favorite character is a very minor part—Jake Reynolds (which is actually my cousin’s name, but the character is nothing like my cousin haha). He is just funny—comic relief in the best way.

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book? 
I think it’s fun to ponder the afterlife—where we go, what happens—whether it be heaven, reincarnation, or something else entirely!

How long did it take you to write your book? 
I started it when I was so young, still in college! Then I finished it up a couple years later in just a few months. I was furiously typing away at a terrible desk job that left me with nothing else to do for hours on end!

Who designed the cover? 
An amazing graphic designer named Marija Vilotijevic who works for Expert Subjects.

Interview with Alysha Kaye
Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected? 
I definitely learned a lot about the entire self-publishing process. I can’t wait to finish up with my next novel and use what I’ve learned from the first!

Where can a reader purchase your book? 
Amazon, mainly! But if you happen to be in Austin, TX, BookPeople also sells copies.
What are you doing to market the book?  
I find a lot of fellow bookworms on social media and request reviews J Most are willing to try something new by an unheard of author!

Who inspires you? 
My mother, my students, my boyfriend…everyone I love, really!

How do you research your books? 
The Waiting Room didn’t require much research other than typical life experiences, but good ol’ Google does the trick for me.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it. 
I honestly haven’t written enough of it yet to decide if I even like it haha but I will say it is 100% realistic contemporary fiction, no aspect of fantasy in this one.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing? 
I love self-publishing! I wanted to have a lot of creative control and I wanted to get this novel out as soon as possible—you just can’t have either of those things in traditional publishing.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer? 
I’ve been writing ever since I was really young—it was my creative outlet as a super imaginative only child. So I guess the first thing that inspired me was that loneliness—needing somewhere to get my thoughts and feelings out. I was soon filling up notebook after notebook.

Does your family support you in your writing career? How? 
My parents definitely do—they were some of my first readers and reviewers. They’re always sharing my posts with their friends and encouraging me to keep writing.

What are you currently reading? 
I just started the Outlander series—I wanted to know what all the hype was about!

What books or authors have most influenced your life? 
I remember reading The Time Traveler’s Wife and just being so stunned at how much emotion it evoked—I sat and cried and cried and cried! A book had never made me feel so much, and I immediately began writing my novel.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time? 
I’m a high school English teacher, so a lot of my time is spent wrangling 9th graders! I also enjoy blogging, reading (of course), and exploring the amazing city of Austin, TX!

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Excerpt: Of Love and Betrayal by Louise Lyndon (PLUS Giveaway)

Title: Of Love and Betrayal

Author: Louise Lyndon

Excerpt: Of Love and Betrayal by Louise Lyndon (PLUS Giveaway)


Aveline de Bondeville is on the run. Determined to keep out of the hands of the cruel Raimbaut de Blois she will do whatever it takes to stay alive. And so when she finds herself in the company of Troy de Gysborne she must quickly decide if she can trust him. But can she confess to murder knowing it would mean her certain death?

Troy de Gysborne did the unthinkable; he tore the bonds of brotherhood and left a path of destruction in his wake. And now Troy must face those he betrayed, including the father who long ago renounced him. But to confess to the crime he committed will cost him everything. Including Aveline. But can he remain silent if it means losing the woman he loves?


Aveline’s scream burned her throat; she tasted blood. Eudes staggered forward, his eyes wide. He looked at her as he fell to his knees and then slumped forward. Bright red blood rushed from his wound and pooled on the ground. She looked at Raimbaut.

“This time you shall not escape.”

Excerpt: Of Love and Betrayal by Louise Lyndon (PLUS Giveaway)
She picked up her skirts and ran headlong into the forest and did not slow her speed as branches slapped her in the face and tore at her arms. The ground beneath her feet was icy and uneven. She risked a glance over her shoulder and did not stop even though Raimbaut was nowhere to be seen. He may not have been behind her, but it did not mean he was not stalking her.

Sweat trickled down her face and burned her eyes. Her heart pumped, her lungs gasped for air. She came to a skidding stop and looked wildly around. Should she keep running straight, go left or right, or make her way back to Gysborne? She turned in a circle and shoved her hair from her eyes.

A twig snapped behind her. She stilled and held her breath. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a blur rush by. Was it an animal? Was it Raimbaut?

She ignored the pain in her chest and her sudden need to loosen her bladder. But she could not ignore her trembling. She clutched her arms to her chest. A sour taste flooded her mouth as she did not see how she would be lucky enough a second time to escape from Raimbaut.


Excerpt: Of Love and Betrayal by Louise Lyndon (PLUS Giveaway)
Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.

In 2013, Louise won first prize in the historical romance category of the Crested Butte Sandy Writing Contest for her story, The Promise, which has since been retitled and is now known as, Of Love & Vengeance.

When not writing, Louise can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls!


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Excerpt: Of Love and Betrayal by Louise Lyndon (PLUS Giveaway)


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