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Camp Nanowrimo Update: Tales of the Black Court #4

Thursday’s Bite

a blog for the fantasy romance fan

It’s spring! Time for baby bunnies, green grass, and romance (wink, wink). It’s also April and time for Camp Nanowrimo.

Now for those of you who know me you know I am a Nanowrimo fan. National Novel Writing Month is the time all us crazy people try to write fifty thousand brand new words on a brand new book in thirty days. It makes November particularly challenging if you live in the USA and have a week of Thanksgiving vacation and food prep for the last week of the month.

But I digress…

Because this month is actually Camp Nanowrimo wear the sun is hot and the living is easy and you can set your own goals. But I’m a crazy person, not just because I’m a romance writer, but also becasause…I’m a romance writer.

This camp Nano I am setting my goal at…FIFTY THOUSAND WORDS!!!

Okay, okay. So I’ve tried to hit 50k before in 30 days and never done it. And it’s not November. And I have a lot to do this month. But I’ve also been dying to write Book Four in the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT, and I want to write it all this month. 🙂

Now, it’s going to be around 80-90k words, so writing it in all one month when the most I’ve ever written is 32k (when I wrote Goldi) is not going to happen. But, I really think I can hit 50k. It only takes writing 1,667 words per day for 30 days.

And it’a  fun book to write. It’s full of romance, and magic, and elves, and more romance. There are super sexy scenes and scenes of adventure. Why can’t I just have fun, and write it fast?

Well, guess what? I can!

So far I have written 13,346 words in six days. SIX DAYS!!! I’m ahead. 🙂

Will the entire book be written in a month, not likely, but I should have most of it done by the end of April and then it’s an easy hop, skip and a jump to May. I won’t tell you when I think it’s going to be done, because I’m not going to jinx it. But, it’s coming. WOOT!

What are you doing this month? Are you writing away with me? Are you dreaming of summer and planning your summer reads? Planning to be on the beach? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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What’s In A Badge?

Moonday Mania

a blog for the goal setter in all of us

Do you hit your goals?

As you all know I’m a super goal setter. I don’t always hit all of my goals, but I feel that without setting them, I wouldn’t get nearly as much done. And, another thing you likely know about me, I’m a big fan of National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo, as it’s affectionately called. So I really like when my goals and Nanowrimo coincide. And this year, I’ve been planning writing my next fantasy romance around Nano, so they dovetail nicely.

I try to do this every year, but some years fate intervenes. Like October 2013, when my parents were flooded out of their home in Boulder, Colorado. My November got entirely derailed because my October got derailed. But I reset and that year I skipped Nano altogether. Oh, I think I tried, but I didn’t even sign up on the page. Life was just too upside down.

And that’s okay.

But I think I should get a badge for thinking about it. 🙂

“Badges, we don’t need no stinking badges!”

Badges are a Nano perk. They are silly computer images that keep you going from goal to goal. I love when I hit a goal and a badge pops up! It’s like being a Girl Scout all over again. Every time you hit a goal, you can get a badge. They even start you off with a few, just for fun!

Pantser Badge Planner Badge Tell the world!

Participent Pep Next Generation

I’m a planner now, so I’ve earned the planner badge. Not that I’ve started outlining yet, but I will!

And I’ve told the world that I’m participating in Nanowrimo and writing another fast paced fantasy romance in the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT.

Donate to NaNoWriMo and earn a Badge!

You also can earn a badge when you donate to Nanowrimo and I’m planning this year to donate 10% of my gross income from books I sell in November. Nanowrimo is a fabulous free place to start writing, and they have an amazing out-reach program to get kids writing in the classroom. My kids had fun writing at night in the library at their school write-ins. Literacy for all!

Do you love badges? What about stickers and other non-intrinsic rewards?

Leave a comment below and let me know if you love to reward yourself with stickers, smiley faces, or Nano badges. I love that kind of thing. Do you?

I’m donating 10% of my gross book sales from the month of November to Nanowrimo! WOOT!

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Camp NaNo 2015 Winner!

Moonday Mania

a blog to celebrate the little things

camp nanowrimo 2015 winner badgeI did it!

For the very first time every I’ve hit an official NaNoWriMo goal. Now I’ve hit personal Nano goals in November. I wrote GOLDI, A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance (formally GOLDI AND THE BEAR) during NaNoWiMo and hit 30k in one month. But in November you’re supposed to hit the 50k mark to win. And I’ve never done that. Ever. But this year I set my July Camp NaNoWriMo goal at 20k, and I hit it!

My Camp Nano 2015 Compass shirt is on it’s way!

You have no idea how exciting this is for me. I’m able to post the WINNER badge. WOOT! And for years I’ve been saying when I won NaNo I’d buy a t-shirt. I’ve watched cool t-shirt design after cool t-shirt design go by and not purchased any of them. Even when they go on clearance and my cheap little heart says, “Look! It’s on sale!”

WOOT!

Maybe this year’s the year because I’m really on a roll with my writing speed and focus. My health is finally at a spot where I know what makes me feel good, and what doesn’t. And I’m driven to get these books done. It felt so good to write the last chapter of SCARLET, knowing that it will be part of my release efforts this fall and part of the SEXY SHIFTER FAIRYTALE ROMANCE series. I can safely order the cover and start promoting it. Of course, it still needs major editing, but that’s manageable.

Having two series is a lot of pressure.

I know the fans of my Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romances want to see the next books. I’ve heard from them over the last few years and they want more. So I’m thrilled that I’m writing faster and able to give them more. But I know the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT are dying to know what happens next. So writing faster is a win win for both series. And then there’s my mom, who wants more Haunted Holidays. And that’s coming too, because I love those books and have ideas like crazy for more Pierce men and ghosts.

So, that’s why I’m so thrilled to be back at my old writing speed of 20k in a month.

Since I’ve hit 30k before, I’m expecting to do that again soon. And who knows. Maybe this November I’ll do the 50k. I really want to, since my Nano project this November is the next TALES OF THE BLACK COURT, and I’d love to have a rough draft done by the first of the year.

So…if I’m not blogging as much as I used to. Or you don’t see me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know why. I’m working hard at doing what you all really want me to be doing. Writing!

Have you ever had a slump and fought your way back? Tell me your story. I do check my comments. At least that’s one thing I haven’t given up on. 🙂

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Early Bird Gets the Worm, But Not Before My Coffee!

Moonday Mania

a blog about writing

Updates:

I’m working hard on my new Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance for Camp NaNoWriMo as well as working on finishing up polishing RED, the first book in the series (formerly titled LITTLE RED RIDING WOLF). I’m also working on cover sheets to send to my cover artist for the first four books in the series and I’m looking forward to reissuing the first three books in this romance novella series in the fall. Followed fast by the next three novellas.

I’m also working on getting my first three fantasy romances in the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT into a boxed set. I have the cover and it’s fantastic! (Cover reveal to come soon) But the formatting is driving me crazy, I may have to farm that out, but my budget says “Noooo!”

Now onto the blog:

I used to think I was a morning person, and then I read about all the authors who rise and shine at five in the morning and start creating their books. Crazy! These people actually get up an hour early to cram in writing BEFORE they do things like: go to the day job. Can I say CRAZY again?

So, am I a morning person?

Me at five am

Not a pretty sight at 5am

I rise and shine somewhere between 5am and 6am, without an alarm. Unless I’m super tired, then I’ve been known to sleep in until 7. Most people would define that as a morning person. But I’ll give you a hint. I have serious bed-head when I roll out of bed and I desperately need my coffee. In other words, no one wants me writing sexy shifter romance when all I can think about is coffee. You can picture the dialogue.

“Oh baby, I can’t stop thinking about you.”

“That’s nice. Is that coffee I smell?”

“Forget the coffee, let’s make mad passionate love.”

“Um, sure. After the coffee. And breakfast. I’m too hungry to think about anything but bacon. And coffee. Is the coffee ready yet?”

I can do emails, and once I wake up I can edit, but actual creative work, where I think about plot and motivation and backstory? It just doesn’t happen that early.

If it’s not 5am then what is my most productive time?

I think my most productive time is after I’ve been up, had my coffee, taken the dog for a walk, showered and dressed. And that puts me at 9am. Right when I’m supposed to be at the day job. When I do get to work at 9, I’m great. Words flow, things get done. I’m a powerhouse until noon and my lunch break. But that doesn’t really work with my day job who expects me to be at work from 9 until noon. Sometimes even 1pm, or 2.

I get home after work wanting lunch and a break. I have time then, it’s just not my natural work time. It’s the afternoons when my body wants to catch up for that five am wake up call. And sometimes…I fall asleep in front of the tv when I should be writing. Then the kids come home and I’m distracted by life, errands, and cooking dinner. So when am I supposed to squeeze those quality words in?

Find your time.

It doesn’t matter about all the excuses. I want to write, so I need to find some other productive time. I’m lucky in that I’m working part time now. The idea behind that was supposed to be that the other hours in the week I would be writing. But it’s only working out that Fridays are a writing day, because I usually don’t work then and I push everything else to other days of the week. TGIF!

What am I going to do about it?

I honestly don’t know. I have a few ideas though.

First of all I’m going to be working less hours for the rest of the summer, so I think I can devote Wednesdays as well as Fridays to writing.

Second of all, I’m leaving the house to do it. Summer is when my kids are home a lot, so if the house is full, I’m outa here!

And third, I’m going to try writing at least a hundred words in the afternoons that I am able. Thursdays and Mondays tend to be packed, but there is a possibility that Tuesdays will work out. And if I get into that habit, maybe I can also squeeze in another hundred on the tougher days.

When are your most productive hours? Have you ever tried to chart them? What did you find out?

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

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Nano Update and 8 Author Book Sale!

Moonday Madness

a blog just before turkey day

Hi all! I’m Nanoing away, more about that in a minute.

The big news: Black Friday is coming up and you get to shop for romance from your easy chair!

your next favorite book sale

Eight fabulous romance authors have gotten together to bring you a 99cent sale that lasts all weekend.

Everything from spicy Gothic romance (hmm, wonder who’s book that is?) to romantic suspense to romance for women who love men who love curves and everything in between! It officially starts Black Friday and runs through Cyber Monday, so get your clicking finger ready and shop! shop! shop!

Book links, blurbs, and covers will be coming soon!

Back to the Nano front!

I’m still slogging away at Nano. Someday I WILL hit 50 thousand words in a month, but it won’t be this month. The killer cold hit last week and it’s slowed me down. I’m not sure (okay, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t happening this month) if I would have been able to hit 50k, but the good news is I’ve hit a decent word count stride, and here’s how I’m doing it.

I’m hitting the road!

Yes, I’ve had to leave my cozy writing nest with my ever flowing coffee pot and fireplace and head to the library. When I’m there I don’t even ask for the WiFi code, I just head to the quiet room and see if there is a table available and write! If I’m lucky, I can get a whole room to myself, but last week it was crazy there, I couldn’t even find a study carol that was unoccupied and I had to use a sofa and perch my laptop on my lap. (Um, they may be named laptops for that reason, but that was not the best way to write.)

And of course, last week I was hampered by coughing. There’s nothing like being in the quiet room in the library and hacking out a lung. Not only do you feel the shame of being the one to break the silence (unlike that dude who had a whole conversation on his cell-phone, despite the big sign that says NO CELL PHONE USE) but, I also knew that everyone was wondering if I carried some killer disease.

Cough, cough.

Back to the word count!

And now you see why I haven’t hit the 50k, despite the 2k per day I worked in the library. I let too much life intervene. But the good news is I’m almost at 15k, and that is a fabulous word count for a regular month. Also, I’ve figured out what is working for me to get me through this period of my life where I’m the sandwich generation and working part time. That’s huge! Because ever since last year I’ve been struggling to get new words on the page, and that’s not like me. Thank goodness for the library!

So how is the book coming?

Okay, so I’m cheating. I’m not really working on a new book for Nano. I started November with the goal of finishing up Broken Mirror, the third book in the Tales of the Black Court and the book that I’ve been struggling with for months, and then moving on to a new book in the Haunted Holidays series. But, since I’m behind, I’m just working on Broken Mirror. And that’s fine with me. It’s not like I’ll be winning Nano anyway. And I’m only counting new words for my Nano page.

So my grand total, so far is: 16,099 words written in November.

And the total for the book, so far is: 53, 415

In other words, Nano helped me hit 50k and I’m almost finished with the rough draft, which should come in close to 60k and be done this week. WOOT! I’m taking that as a personal win, even if it’s not a Nano win.

Did you try Nano? How did it go. It’s not quite over yet, you might still buckle down and make it! Only if you skip Thanksgiving. Oh, to be Canadian and have Thanksgiving in October so it wouldn’t interrupt Nano! LOL

Next goal? Check out next Moonday Mania’s post next week to see what I’m doing next and how my new habit is going to continue into the New Year.

Also in December: read all about my fabulous road trip to Glenwood Springs with my girlfriends. WOOT!  We laughed the whole time and I wish I could tell you everything, but “What happens in Glenwood, stays in Glenwood.” At least some of it’s okay for sharing!

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Nano 2014 Middle of the Month Check-in

Moonday Mania

a nano-istic blog

NaNoWriMo PARTICIPANT 2014 graphicI’m starting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) today. Okay, it should have started on Saturday, but I couldn’t really start then. I had plans. It’s Saturday, right? Saturday is generally a family day in my house. So how do I write every day and still fulfill my family obligations?

Well, the answer is I don’t. I can’t write every day. All I can do is try to catch up on the days I do write. That does mean I’ve never actually hit fifty thousand words in one month.

Darn!

So, why attempt Nano at all if I am pretty sure I won’t hit the 50k?

Good question.

I do it because I’m always hopeful I might. You can’t reach the top of a mountain without trying and even though I’m pretty sure I’m not prepared and out of shape for the climb, I’m still trying. Right up until today I still figure I can catch up. But then I hit the middle of the month and realize it’s likely not going to happen. So, do I quit?

NO!

I keep trying to climb that mountain. I keep writing. Even though I’m pretty aware that I am going to have to stop short of the summit I head for the next best thing, the saddle that’s close to the top. In Nano terms, for me, that means I’m thinking 30k. Which is a pretty amazing amount of words in a month. If I hit that, I’m pretty stoked.

Okay, I can’t get the winner’s t-shirt. And I really want it this year, it’s cool. But, given my job, my kids, my parents, oh, and the girl’s weekend that I thought was going to be in October and got moved to November, I’m going to be happy if I hit 30k.

Will my novella be finished?

Sadly, no. But Broken Mirror will be in it’s rough draft stage and I should have a good start on the novella and I will have some writing momentum worked up that I’m planning on riding into December.

Check back next week to see how I’m doing. This week was not a great word count, but this month is so much better than last month, and so much better than the month before, that I’m riding Nano as far as I can go!

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Get A Log Line Baby!

Moonday Mania

a nano-istic blog

NaNoWriMo PARTICIPANT 2014 graphicI’m starting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) today. Okay, it should have started on Saturday, but I couldn’t really start then. I had plans. And I’ll be blogging more about how that works with Nano next Moonday Mania, so check it out. We’re Nanoing romance all month on Jessica Aspen Writes!

So, how do you keep your focus and end up with a terrific story at the end of the month? Kristen Lamb knows. You need a log line. She wrote a terrific blog last week about why people fail with their stories and how even bad stories can get made into movies. Check it out:

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/write-a-terrific-novel-nano-minimize-revisions-improve-odds-of-finishing-and-publishing/

What is a log line? It’s your elevator pitch. The one thing you should be able to get out of your stumbling mouth when that famous agent, editor, author asks you when you’re waiting in line for drinks at the bar, “So, what’s your book about?”

A great place to learn about log lines and writing that story idea down is by checking out author Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method. If you follow me at all you know I’m a big Randy Ingermanson fan. I love the Snowflake method and it’s perfect for Nano.

You start with a character with a goal. It’s that simple. Frodo needs to get the ring to the mountain. But Randy suggests you put it into non-specific terms. Small, underestimated hero takes powerful evil ring across an entire world, facing great danger and discovering the meaning of loyalty and true friendship.

Okay, that’s more than the fifteen words Randy recommends, but you get the drift. Let’s winnow it down even farther:

Underestimated hero takes powerful evil ring across an entire world and discovers the meaning of true friendship.

Still more than fifteen, but I like it, so I’m leaving it.

Write it down on a sticky note and put it where you can see it when you write.

And that’s how you do a log line. And how you keep Nano and the end of the 50K in your focus.

Do you use log lines in your writing? Can you winnow down your favorite stories to just a few words? It’s actually a fun game. Go ahead and try it!

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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NaNoWriMo is Coming…Are Your Prepared?

Moonday Mania

some NaNoWriMo ispiration!

black nanowrimo winner t shirt

Have to win Nano this year because the shirt is amazing!

National Novel Writing Month is almost upon us and I’m so not ready! I’m working hard on my third book in the Tales of the Dark Court series, but for NaNoWriMo you really should start a new book fresh on November first, and then work through to the end of the month. Usually I have an outline and I’m ready to go, but not this year. So I thought I’d put together a mash-up of some advice out there on getting going with Nano and help jump start my writing.

Post one: Bob Mayer

If you are an author and haven’t heard of Bob’s fabulous writing course, Write It Forward, then click on the link and you too can be posting fabulous Bob quotes on your refrigerator. It’s not really a course on how to write, but on how to move your writing career forward. Actually, it can apply to almost anything in your life you need help moving forward on. Now Bob has a NaNoWriMo Survival Kit with not only Write it Forward, but also How to Write The Book: The Novel Writer’s Toolkit and How to Succeed in Today’s Digital World: How We Made Our First Million on Kindle. All for $9.99. Frankly, I’d pay that for just Write it Forward, so I think it’s a fabulous deal.

He’s also blogging about writing and has fabulous Nano tips on his blog. You can check out his post on Why Do You Write and get started getting motivated for Nano!

http://writeitforward.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/nanowrimo-why-do-you-write/

Post two: Bella Andre.

The folks at Nanowrimo recruit “pep talker authors to send emails to your inbox throughout the month of November. Now, you have to wait until Nano actually starts to get this year’s fabulous line up, but if you go to the Nano site you can read past years and get motivated. I saw Bella Andre talk at this summer’s RWA writer’s convention and she is amazing! Not only is she beautiful and multi-published, but she is a go-getter. Reading that she has trouble getting writing really made me realize that I’m not alone. Everyone struggles. Even authors who write 11 books in 30 months. Go figure! Click on the link below and check out her 2013 Nano pep talk.

http://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks/bella-andre

Post three: Julie Daines

And last, but not least, some tried and true tips to get you started from author Julie Daines. What I think is cool about Julie is that ALL of her published books are Nano books. Just imagine if you did that, every year you would publish at least one book. Love it! My goals are to publish at least one full length book and one short one every year, but imagine if I could add in one more and write and publish three a year. I could Nano a short in the fall, and Nano a short at Camp Nano in the spring. It’s got me thinking!

While you’re on Julie’s site make sure you check out her pictures of her ideal house at the bottom of her home page. I want to live there too!

http://www.juliedaines.com/2014/10/nanowrimo-tips.html

So, are you going to Nano now? I’m working on getting my word count up when I sit down to write. I’m now at 1,600+ every time I write. That’s really good for Nano. Now I need to work on getting that done every day. Or get that number up to 3k!

Tell me your Nano plans. Are you going to try it? Have you Nano’d in the past? How did it go?

Still need some help? Check out the Nano Prep Page HERE and get started today!

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Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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NaNo-ing Along

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It’s Camp Nano time and I’m writing! Or I’m trying to write. I got a great start last week.

camp nanowrimo participant 2014Mary Guida (ML Guida) and I went up to her cabin and did some plot work and writing and by the end of July 2nd I had over four thousand words. And then I had come back down off of the mountain and pick up all the things I’d let fall by the wayside so I could go away. Like, the day-job, my kids, and my parents. That took all of July 3rd. And of course I took July 4th off. It was a holiday and the house was full of people and we went to my friend K2’s house for fabulous homemade ice cream (she had dinner there too, but the ice cream was phenomenal!) and fireworks.

Long story short I found myself way behind by July 6th.

Grr.

So, why didn’t I sit down in the mornings I had free and write?

I’ll tell you why.

I didn’t have enough of this story pre-planned.

I’ve been busy getting my blogs written, getting THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST ready for publication, and busy with the day job and life. Plotting has taken a backseat because, let’s face it, it’s hard. It’s tough to know where I want this story to go. I know the beginning. I have my fairy tale. I know my hero and heroine. I even have the ending down (and boy do I have a whopping surprise for the ending of this book!) But I’m missing the big fat pieces that go in the middle. And that is tricky when you are sitting down with the goal of pounding out 1400 words a day.

No, it’s actually 2400 words a day because I’m heading to RWA and I know I won’t write there.

No, it’s really 3,000 words per day because now I’m so far behind I have to race to catch up!

Zounds!

So how do you get over falling behind?

I’ll tell you what I did. I spent Sunday morning plotting and working on my Snowflake. Now I have the next four chapters outlined and I have some other pieces put into place. I’ll need more if I’m to succeed at this. I’ll need to spend an afternoon next week working on the next section, and then another day working on the end, but I have enough to get writing. And the more I write, the more this story comes together, the more I get excited about it.

And I am excited about it. 🙂

While I dreaded sitting down and working on the parts I had no clue what to do with, those first four thousand words flowed like melted butter on popcorn. MMM. Nothing better. And now that I have the next section? It’s on to snacking time!

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? You don’t have to work on a novel or even set your goal at 50,000 words. You can work on anything writing related and set whatever goal you want to. It’s camp!

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Heading to Camp NaNoWrimo

Moonday Mania

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camp nanowrimo 2014 participant badgeIt’s summer time here at Jessica Aspen Writes! Okay, it won’t officially be summer until the middle of July, but for the rest of us, summer starts Memorial Day Weekend. The kids are out of school and it’s starting to get hot. Time to think about heading off to summer camp and for writers that means Camp NaNoWrimo, or Camp Nano for short.

I’ve done regular NaNoWrimo before. In November all the Nanoists try to write 50,000 words. In 2012 I counted my Nano experience successful because I wrote 30k and mostly completed the rough draft of Goldi and the Bear. (You can find Goldi on Amazon HERE). 

Not a win by Nano terms, but a win for me. A novella in a month while I was working full time? Success!

But summer time is a time when we can relax and Camp Nano is just that. They have one in April and one in July and at Camp Nano you don’t have to write a novel, you can write whatever you want! Your dissertation, your memoirs, poetry. They don’t care.

Goals are different too. Instead of the community setting 50k as everyone’s goal, you get to set your own goal. I’m still going to set mine at 50k, since I’m planning on writing a novel that will eventually top 80k, so 50k is a good start.

In NaNoWrimo you’re divided up by your location, and you choose your friends. At camp, there are cabin assignments. You can choose your own cabin if you want to, or you can see who ends up in your cabin. As a child I went to camp many summers. I loved meeting new friends in all my cabins, and in fact I’m still very good friends with one of them. (Waves, hi K2!)

This is my first Camp NaNoWrimo experience so I’m going to try to let them pick a cabin for me. I tend not to be very social when I’m trying to get that many words done in a month, and I’ll be working part-time in July, as well as dealing with having my kids at home, so adding a social piece may or may not work, but I’m going to try!

The cool thing about this year is I believe both my daughters are going to Nano with me. Maybe we should ask to be in the same cabin?

Are you thinking about writing during July? If you have never written before, Camp NaNoWrimo sounds like a great place to start. You can choose your own project, set your own goals, and have a supportive group of writing friends to help you along. Let me know if you are thinking about participating and what your project is. We can support each other along the way!

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