NaNoWriMo Videos Catch-up

Exactly 10 days left of NaNoWriMo! Now is the time to buckle down and make it happen. Here are some tips, encouragement, and helpful apps.

How to use word sprints to catch up, determine whether a scene will work in your book, and writer’s block:

When should you stop writing to do research – if ever?

How to change ideas successfully when the pressure is on:

Three writing apps to keep you writing on the go:

Everything you ever wanted to know about character arcs from The Writer’s Edge live panel discussion:

Here is my very first livestream on Facebook, talking about how to set an achievable word goal vs. challenge goals.

I hope these videos help you!

Official NaNoWriMo YouTube Guide!

If you haven’t already heard, I’m partnered with NaNoWriMo this year as a YouTube Guide! I did NaNo videos in 2014 (daily), 2015 (weekly), and now 2016 (twice per week). Wednesdays my videos will be hosted on NaNoWriMo’s YouTube channel and Saturdays I’ll have videos on my own channel. All of these will be added to my NaNoWriMo 2016 playlist for easy access. Here’s my schedule of videos:

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I’m also going to do some short videos on Facebook that will be about a minute, give or take, and those will be different from my YouTube videos. Can you tell I’m pumped about this?!

Add me on NaNoWriMo’s site so we can be writing buddies and encourage each other.

If the blank page is something you’re not looking forward to, here are six tips to help you get past blank page syndrome:

It’s T-minus one day to November 1, so get your coffee stocked up and your notebooks at the ready. Here we go!

My NaNoWriMo Pep Talk with Go Indie Now!

Not sure if you want to participate in National Novel Writing Month this November? Hang out with Go Indie Now’s Joe Compton and me as we chat deadlines, goals, community, what “winning” really means, and taking it easy on yourself.

Add me to your writing buddies here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/christie-stratos.

NaNoWriMo Novel and Temp Cover Reveal!

It’s October 3 and that means the NaNoWriMo site has been rebooted, and it’s waiting for you to announce your NaNo novel! So here I am announcing mine.

During November this year, I’m going to write a novella with the temporary title Greed, and here’s my temporary book cover, which I made myself and ended up really liking. I hope you like it too!

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I know, I know, my name needs to be bigger, but that will all come with refinement. There will also be a logo on the bottom right or left to indicate that this book is part of the Happy Endings Resort series. I’m aiming for 20-30k words, and the book already has a publication date of February 2017, so I really have to finish it during NaNoWriMo. The stakes are high!

Here’s a little excerpt from the book:

She drank from the ornamental fountain and her skin felt immediately better, rejuvenated. The fountain’s water wasn’t meant to drink, of course, but at this point it didn’t make a difference. Toxins, bacteria – it didn’t matter anymore.

The statue of Mary in the center of the fountain looked down at her.

Holy Mother, what must you think of me? Am I abhorrent? You could stop me if I am, couldn’t you? Isn’t it my children who are the abhorrent ones? Something allows me to do this, to be here again. I’ve forgotten the afterlife, so I don’t know if it’s your Son or His enemy who allows it. I am here either way.

She bent down and drank the fountain dry.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, add me as your writing buddy so we can support and encourage each other!