Be Braver Than You Ever Thought Possible: Pep Talk Week 3

We welcome writing coach and bestselling author Angela Ackerman for this week’s pep talk. Grab these tips and be encouraged for your third week of JuNoWriMo!

If our path has one guidepost of truth, it is this: writing isn’t easy. Not by a mile.

It’s not the craft of writing we must learn or the publishing waters we must navigate. Yes, so much effort will go into these things, but the hardest part? The thing that causes our hands to sweat, and our fingers to hesitate on the keys?

It’s ourselves. Our own self-doubt, our worries that our words won’t be good enough, that we’ll never be able to transcribe the story that vibrates our skull with the desire to get out.

Here’s a second truth, one we sometimes forget: creating is big. Taking something unformed, a scattered collection of ideas and emotions that exist inside us and then attempting to set it loose as a cohesive story? Not for the faint of heart. It takes incredible courage. Boldness. And, more than anything else, passion.

A third truth? The fact that you’re here, fingers poised, is amazing. We all know someone (usually multiple someones) who say they want to write a story, that they have ideas, notes even, snippets written…and yet that’s as far as they ever go. Others we know can’t even voice their desire to write. They can’t let the truth out. The dream is just too big for them.

You, however, are different. You’re here, you’re ready, and you’ve embraced the dream. So whatever you do this JuNoWriMo, don’t let doubt sabotage the greatness inside of you—not ten words in, not ten thousand words in. Be a warrior.

Should uncertainty hit at any point, here are some strategies to help you move past it and write. Continue reading “Be Braver Than You Ever Thought Possible: Pep Talk Week 3”

Sign Up for #JuNoWriMo 2014 and Enter to Win Prizes!

Happy April!

Ludicrous SpeedGuess what – it’s April! That means there’s only two months until June. And what happens in June? JuNoWriMo, of course!

What is JuNoWriMo? It’s your opportunity to write 50,000 words in 30 days, whether it be a novel, a non-fiction work, or a handful of short stories. Whatever your project is, we’re here to help you make it happen.

We’ll challenge you with word sprints and dares, we’ll inspire you with pep talks, and – most importantly – we’ll be your support system when the writing gets rocky. The JuNoWriMo community is awesome when it comes to encouraging each other for success. There’s a closeness here you won’t find in other writing challenges. Jump in our forums for a brainstorming session, to hash out a story issue, or to simply connect with other writers. Win badges you can display on your Facebook page at each word count milestone.

The point is, if you have something you want to write “someday,” write it with us – in June! Our theme this year is Ludicrous Speed Ahead, because that’s how we want you to go at it. Jump into your book and write the whole darn thing in a month. Sound difficult? You can do it!

(If you don’t know why we’re traveling at ludicrous speed, it’s because light speed is too slow.)

Sign Up ~ Win Stuff

We’re hosting a series of giveaways for anyone who registers for JuNoWriMo 2014. If you’ve done JuNoWriMo in the past, you’re eligible, too. Just log in to your profile and update your status to show us you’re in for another year. The first giveaway begins NOW!

What can you win? We’re giving away a writer care package that includes: a notebook, tea, a shot glass, pens, art cards, a keychain, and more. A big shout out to JuNoWriMo crew member Alicia Wallace for donating this awesome care package!


Our next prizes are generously donated by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers. They are giving away two copies of either of their books (winner’s choice), The Positive Trait Thesaurus and The Negative Trait Thesaurus, two excellent writing tools for figuring out your pesky characters before June.

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The final prize in our giveaway is another helpful tool for preparing for JuNoWriMo. Alicia Wallace at Word Wielder is giving away an hour-long novel prep session to one lucky winner.


What are you waiting for? Sign up now, then enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to tell all your friends so they can join us, too!

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***Important note: If you’re already signed up for JuNoWriMo, you should have gotten a newsletter email from us over the weekend. If you did NOT get the newsletter, contact us and we’ll get you added to the list. We’ve had some issues getting previous participants subscribed to our newsletter, and we don’t want you to miss out on anything! If you are registering for the first time, you’re safe.***