November 1st, 2015
NaNoWriMo: Day 1
Good day folks!
The witching hour is done and over, the little kiddies are tucked up tight in bed after their sugar highs. And now? Now, we NaNo.
I hope you’re all ready for it. If you’re a planner, I hope you have your character bibles and story arcs in front of you. If you’re a pantser, I salute you my chaotic friend. I hope you’re all ready with your favorite snacks (or pilfered Halloween Candy) to sit your ass in the chair and do the thing: kill off your darlings and throw in pirates and ninjas when your story is stalling out.
And most of all, I wish you well as you speed toward 50,000 words.
I’m going to try to have one or two NaNoWriMo (and general writing) tips every day throughout November.
A fun, easy way to knock out your word counts is to sprint. Just like actual sprints, the trick with word sprints is to go like hell and then take a breather. Repeat. Repeat until you can’t do it anymore (or your writing time is up if you have a real life schedule to keep to).
So, for example, it might be cool to set an alarm and write for 10 minutes if you find you have a short attention span, then take a break. Twenty minutes is optimum for a lot of people. Or even thirty or forty if you have the stamina. On your SHORT break, it’s usually best to avoid social media, or you might get sucked in.
Try sprinting today and see if it helps you get those pesky words to flow.
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Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.
Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.