NaNoWriMo Wrap Up & What to Expect in 2019

I won NaNoWriMo, barely This year's NaNo was pretty rough. I battled two major colds, worked long hours at my job, and was feeling pretty uninspired. But even after all of that, I somehow managed to win with just a little over 50,000 words. My final word count was 50,155. Not too shabby! I still had fun even though I didn't make it to any write ins this year, although I hosted my own private write ins at my local Starbucks. I also enjoyed keeping everyone up-to-date with my daily word count total on my Instagram feed, elissakwrites. I did decide to take off the month of December, like I usually do, to clear my head and try to give myself some time away from my novel.…

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NaNoWriMo 2017 Winner

The big news this week is that I inched past the 50k words and on Thanksgiving of all days! If you follow me on Instagram you saw my daily word count posts and my winner post! I have done NaNo for 6 years now and this is the fastest I have ever won, which gives me great hope that 2018 might finally be the year that I publish my book. Three things helped me win NaNo early this year: PLANNER vs. PANTSER - I am such a planner it isn't even funny, but this year I had my outline, timeline, character profiles, setting profiles, and several of my scenes all ready to go for November 1st. This is the most prepared I have ever been. Maybe some year…

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What is in my 2017 NaNoWriMo Bag?

If you bump into me at a write-in, the library, or my local Starbucks this November, I'm pretty sure you'll find me with my official NaNo 2017 bag. What is in this year's NaNo bag? Lands' End medium canvas leopard bag - As soon as I saw this bag on the Lands' End website I knew it would make the perfect NaNo bag. Plus, it is super cute! My old computer bag had gotten a little bit too worn, so I was on the hunt for a new one before November. I was concerned it wouldn't be wide enough for my laptop, but it fits perfectly and with a little room to spare. It was also 40% off! I love a good bargain.Laptop - I love my…

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