Tuesday, 1 November 2011

NaNoWriMo Inspiration #1

NaNoWriMo Inspiration

By Shay MacLean

It’s that time of year again. Time to buckle down in your favorite writing chair and type until your fingers fall off. Practice your BICHOK (butt in chair hands on keyboard) until you can no longer feel said butt. In other words, ignore the outside world as much as possible as you pay homage to your muse. Hopefully you’ll come out of this month long phenomenon with the rough draft of a manuscript that with a little bit of polish will be saleable.

I’m sitting here on Day 2 of my NaNo journey looking at my pitiful word count from yesterday. As many of you may know, I’m a domestic goddess J (in other words a stay at home mom and wife) so invariably my writing time falls in the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately, I was dead tired last night and unable to concentrate enough to string two words together, much less the amount needed to make my daily quota. I’m aiming for 2k a day.

So here I am patiently biding my time until my toddler takes his nap so I can try and get some words in. He tends to like sitting right beside me (practically on my lap) and try to type for me or play with my mouse. (Honestly, I’m surprised he’s being good long enough for me to write this post.)

Here are my goals for NaNo. Some of them are out of the norm for the official NaNoWriMo rules, but I’ve got some things on my plate that I really need to finish. I hope to update everyone on a daily basis.

1)      Finish the edits for Falling Star (the sequel to Shooting Stars)
2)      Finish revising Untamed Hawaiian Heat and resubmit it
3)      Write Branded Souls (second book in my Romantic Bondage Series)

So there they are. I’ve added a meter for Untamed Hawaiian Heat and Branded Souls. At the very least I’ll adjust the word count total on them and post something inspirational for all my fellow NaNoers. I know there are many. I’ll leave you with a quote and pic for the day.

A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can you not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives it the right to dream. ~ Gaston Bachelard

Take a page out of Snoopy's book. No matter what he never stopped writing! 
And for those needing a more stimulating visual for your writing inspiration...

What are you waiting for? He's beckoning you to write his story.

Good luck to everyone! May your fingers fly over the keyboard spouting magic in their wake!

I hope you join me again to...

Discover worlds where passion breathes...


Oh! Almost forgot to give you my word counts. I tried to grab one of those meters, but couldn't figure out how to make it work. So You'll have to do with me just typing my progress in. :)

Untamed Hawaiian Heat 51795 (Aiming for approximately 80k)
Branded Souls 0 (Aiming for 30k, I'll be working on this one a little later today)


  1. Hello Shay. I feel your pain. I wasn't crazy with my results either but as my partner pointed out: I had regular work to contend with, a few personal matters that kinda went wonky, plus I didn't realize I needed to do characters sketches. Well, I didn't really, that was more my choice. Still, I suppose 500 or so words short of my daily goal isn't too bad. As he reminded me, the weekend is coming and it's just the first day.

  2. Thank you, Johnny! Your partner is right. It is only the first day. Good luck to you too. :)

  3. Right its only the first day! :D You'll get it going Shay! Good luck to you!

  4. Great post Shay! I know you can do it :)

  5. Fantastic post with great advice... and yeah, I like the eye candy. You wouldn't happen to have an extra one of those just lying around somewhere, would you?

    Good luck today/tomorrow/whenever it is where you are. :)