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    Monthly Writing Planner

    If you’re following my NaNoWriMo adventures, then you know that I’ve been busy creating my own custom writing planner to use every month. I shared that planner with you all today and I immediately got a lot of support, so I wanted to share a version that you all could use and adopt to fit your own purposes. My creativity got carried away and I ended up creating four versions of my planner that you can choose from: Skull & Cross Bones Cover – Standard for $18.00 Skull & Cross Bones Cover – Economy for $12.00 The Write Planner – Standard for $20.00 The Write Planner – Economy for $13.00…

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    Pre-NaNoWriMo Planning, Preparation & Resources

    It’s only 24 days until Camp NaNoWriMo starts on July 1st! If you are planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo in July but want some helpful planning and preparation tips, then take a look at my first Pre-NaNoWriMo post here. That post is full of 10 great tips about how to get ready for your first Camp NaNoWriMo experience. In my final April Camp NaNoWriMo post, I reflected on what I did well and what I could improve on, and I came up with three goals to implement in July’s Camp NaNoWriMo: I will give myself a clutter free dedicated writing space. I will be proactive on Friday evenings to make…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Round-Up

    If you’ve been following me on my April Camp NaNoWriMo journey, then you’re probably wondering what happened to me after Day 19. Three job interviews, four flights, and one wedding reception happened! Which means, I didn’t get any other writing done for the month. But let’s take a look at what I did write! This is my free downloadable April Camp NaNoWriMo word-count tracker that I made available in my Pre-NaNoWriMo Planning & Preparation post, filled in with the writing I accomplished in April. I loved having this calendar for Camp NaNoWriMo! It was incredibly useful and it served as great motivation for me to crank out as many words…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Days 15 – 19

    Day 15: Sunday, April 15th 3,200 Words I managed to get a lot of writing done on my cross country flight. I set a writing goal of 3,000 words for myself and I managed to surpass it by cranking out 3,200 words all together! Well done me! Days 16-19: Monday, April 16th – Thursday, April 19th 0 Words My flight back to Seattle from the east coast departed at 9ish pm on Monday evening, which meant that I was too tired and too exhausted from my all-day interview to try to write on the flight back. I immediately regretted that decision though because I didn’t manage to sleep on the…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 (Days 8-14)

    I haven’t written a single goddamned word this week. Not a single one. It wasn’t for lack of wanting. It was simply a matter of finding the time. I’ve had two job interviews this week, my regular day job with several upcoming deadlines, overtime at work covering for two co-workers who were out all week, and a third job interview tomorrow which is requiring me to fly across the country (I am typing this on my laptop in the Seattle airport as we speak). So, I won’t be too hard on myself for not writing anything this week. I’ve had a crazy, hectic, whirlwind of a week. Simply finding the…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Day 7 & Week 1 Recap

    Day 7: Saturday, April 7th 3,379 Words I CRUSHED it today! I am very proud of myself, even though I am still behind on my total word count goal. To-date, this is the most I’ve written in one day on this book and it felt amazing! I woke up super exhausted and was not in the mood to write, but I buckled down for several hours and managed to crank out 2,000 words. Posting updates on my Instagram stories helped me hold myself accountable as several people were checking in on me to see my progress throughout the day. It’s a lot harder to procrastinate when other people are watching.…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Days 4 – 6

    Day 4: Wednesday, April 4th 0 Words I woke up and went to work, like any other Wednesday. My back feels exponentially better, but I am still very stiff and sore; sitting for long periods of time is uncomfortable. I found out that a job I applied for wants to fly me out for an in-person interview in little more than a week. YAY! Bad news: they’re in Boston (a 6 hour flight one-way) and I’ll have to fly out and back in under 48 hours so as not to miss too much work. Looks like I’ll have to plan ahead and be ready to do some writing in the…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Days 1-3

    Day 1: Sunday, April 1st (Easter Sunday) 2,541 words I woke up early to go to Easter breakfast with the husband’s family. I was already exhausted from the Mariner’s baseball game that we went to the day before; waking up early on a Sunday didn’t help with the sleepiness. We returned home from breakfast around 12pm to a bed full of a cat hairball, which required immediate laundering of the sheets and blankets. After starting the wash, I took a short nap. An hour later, my nap is over and I continued to procrastinate for hours by eating lunch, doing housework, and begging my husband to write my book for…

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    Pre-NaNoWriMo Planning & Preparation

    It’s only 3 days until NaNoWriMo starts, and I have a lot of things to do before then! Here’s a list of ten things I’m doing to get ready: 1. Sign Up – No Excuses No excuses, write like a champion. Sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo, join a cabin, and hold yourself accountable. If you want to do this, do it properly and head over to https://campnanowrimo.org/. 2. Schedule Your Time, But Be Honest Finding the time to write is the biggest barrier between me and a finished novel. Like the majority of other NaNoWriMo participants, I am juggling writing with work and family. But, setting up a routine definitely…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo

    Camp NaNoWriMo starts in 3 days! Are you participating? If you are, let me know if the comments below and share your username if you’re comfortable – we can be camp buddies! You can find me on Camp NaNoWriMo as “SEDunawayBooks.” What Is Camp NaNoWriMo? If you are familiar with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), you know that it occurs every November. Camp NaNoWriMo is the summer version and you can participate every April and July. Just sign up here. Note that if you already have a NaNoWriMo account, you can use the same information to log in on the Campsite. My Goal: 50,000 words (maybe) With Camp NaNoWriMo, you…