NaNoWriMo: Writing Resources – Part 4

NaNoWriMo: Writing Resources – Part 4

These writing resources are a great place to start, whether you’re planning on participating in NaNoWriMo or prepping for your manuscript or script. The following are some of my favorite resources as you get ready to make the plunge:

You’ve got this! XO


NaNoWriMo: Planning a Writing Schedule – Part 3

NaNoWriMo: Planning a Writing Schedule – Part 3

As you plan for NaNo, be thinking about your writing schedule this November. There are many different ways to figure out your work flow and schedule. In the free Preptober BFF Planner, I have two pages laid out where you can chart realistic times to write. You can also figure this out on a monthly calendar.

Whether in Step 5 in my planner or a calendar, you’ll be able to fill in the chart with your weekly activities. That will enable you to realistically see what time you have available to write. 


After that, I took it a step further. I looked at my writing patterns to decide what is realistic to write 50,000 words in one month.

Here is my sample writing pattern:

  • My min. word count when I write is 2,500 words
  • Sometimes I need 1 day off to plan. It helps me generate ideas and energy for a scene or chapter

Therefore, to complete 50,000 words in one month based upon my writing patterns, I will be successful if I write 20 days out of 30 (20 days x 2,500 words = 50,000 words).  That leaves me 10 days to think about story, character development, etc. Some days I will write more than 2,500 words. Those extra words will be a bonus.

What about your writing patterns?

If you like to write every day, NaNoWriMo states that you can write 1,667 words each day and reach your 50,000 word goal.

Your available time and writing habits may be different than the above samples. What is important is to think about what you need. Break down the facts of how you write, when you can write, and what you need to succeed.

You may have time to write in the morning, an hour at lunch and two hours after dinner. Some of you may have all day to write. You may have one day per week to write. Your writing schedule is individual. It’s based upon your needs and patterns.

Planning your schedule ahead of time can help you figure out your best course of action. A timeline can help you achieve your goal!

NaNoWriMo: How to Sign Up – Part 2

NaNoWriMo: How to Sign Up – Part 2

NaNoWriMo is a little different this year. It’s changed the usual way of joining a group. Writers are unable to search for group names and join. Therefore, I need to add each writer to the group this year.

If you’d like to join a private group on NaNoWriMo, please:

1. Sign up for NaNoWriMo at: to set up your FREE account and name.

2. DM me (Gayvin Powers) in Facebook or email me (hello @ with your NaNoWriMo name.

3. I’ll send you an invitation to join the group in NaNoWriMo.

4. Accept the invitation.

You’ll be added to my private writing group for NaNoWriMo.

Common Issues:

When signing up for NaNoWriMo, there are common mistakes that can keep you from joining a group.

For more information, download the free Preptober BFF Planner and follow Step 1 under “Common Issues.”

See you in my NaNo “Fun & Focused First Draft” group. Sign up early, space is limited to the first 20 writers. XO

NaNoWriMo: World-Wide Writing Challenge – Part 1

NaNoWriMo: World-Wide Writing Challenge – Part 1

Every October and November the writing world loses its mind! NaNoWriMo, the largest writing competition, starts in November. Thousands of people have achieved their dreams by writing a book in one month. That’s just one of the exciting writing updates this month.

During October and November, I’m providing my tips to help you write your book too. This is the first time that I’ll be having a private writers group dedicated to providing tips to help you succeed. Writing can be fun if you know how to play.

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is a world-wide writing challenge that keeps writers encouraged, accountable, and writing 50,000 words by the end of November.

It’s not just novel writers that do this challenge. There are thousands of writers, screenwriters, poets, memoirists, and more who participate each year.

This is a FREE challenge. I’m hosting the “Fun & Focused First Draft” group where you’ll get tips to keep you motivated throughout the challenge. NaNoWriMo tracks your word count and at the end you receive an award for winning (completing your 50,000 words).

To participate, download the Preptober BFF Planner! The planner provides the steps to signing up for NaNoWriMo and accessing my private writers’ group. (Space is limited to the first 20 writers that sign up.)