The Finish Line

Happy Tuesday Morning Write-Mos,

I hope that everyone has either finished their word count for the month or is near to finishing.  If you have finished, I would like to congratulate you on a job well done!

But if you are like me, you are typing like mad to finish up on time.  You still have today and tomorrow.  Do not give up.  It is not over till it is over. We have until the stroke of midnight tomorrow to win this thing. That being said I am hosting one more Write-In tonight at the Wheelhouse in Los Angeles.

I believe in the writer in all of us.  NaNoWriMo just helps us bring out that writer and teach it some very important habits.  Basically if you write a little bit every day, you can finish a novel in a month.  It may be the first draft, but you would not have that first draft if you didn’t sit down and write.

I have been a romance writer since 1990, but I never finished one of my novels till I joined National Novel Writing Month and took the one month challenge.  Since I joined NaNoWriMo, I took the challenge and that this will be my third finished novel.  I have two that are still in revision. But I have two novels that have beginnings middles and ends.  That is something to crow about.  When you finish this you will have a novel to boast about finishing too.

Now, if you have not already done it, or are not already doing it, sit down and finish that novel you have been working on.  The world needs your novel, your unique voice and what you have to say.  I need your book, because I read like crazy and need new authors to follow. Wouldn’t it be great if my next favorite author was you?

So we still have two days!!  READY! SET! GO!

Finish that novel and win the challenge.  YOU can do this.  I know you can.  I have seen people go from almost nothing late in the game to finishing on time.  You can do it too.  Never give up.  Never surrender. (Yes I did just quote Galaxy Quest.) But it is a great statement.  So Write on and finish your challenge. Win the war against the words.  You have them in you.  Just get them out on paper.


Good Luck Everyone

Toni Nelson

Behind, but still making progress

I’ve been to two write-ins in as many days and, if these groups are representative of the masses, most of you are pretty much up to speed. Congratulations!

There was one person, however, who is trailing behind the pack, reluctant to talk about her progress and even hesitant to shout out her pitiful word count at the end of each word war. To make matters worse, she’s an ML, *cough* sanctioned by headquarters to help folks navigate through the sticky lexical swamp that is NaNo. How embarrassing, right? *Blush*

So… this Tuesday pep talk is dedicated to those of us behind in our word counts.

John Lennon said it better but life happens. Things get in the way and the precious time you squirreled away for writing gets diverted to your children, your parents, or your boss. But, even if your word count isn’t in boasting range, you can still make it happen. Sure, you may have to lock yourself in your apartment for the entire Thanksgiving weekend, with your router unplugged and Uber Eats stuffing meals through the mail slot, but you can turn it around.

There are still eight days of NaNo left, plenty of time, really. I’ve heard that some crazy, adrenalin-junkie freaks don’t even start writing their novels until November 27th or so, yet they manage to finish each year.

So let’s make the next eight days a time to remember, a time of dirty hair and ramen noodles. Let’s grab our own bootstraps and trudge across that finish line with smiles on our faces and 50,000-word crappy first drafts tucked under our arms. We got this, Wrimos!

Write on!


What do you mean it’s November 15th?!?!?!

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Hello, LA WriMos! How are the most fabulous, glamorous wordsmiths in the WriVerse?

Yes, I DID just make that up!

I cannot believe today marks the halfway point for NaNoWriMo 2016?!?! I will choose NOT to freak out…much!

If we follow the rules, then our NaNoWriMo counters should be at 25,005. I don’t know about you, but I am barely squeaking by! I keep reminding myself to think like those glass half full people: I am not lamenting the 15 writing days that are gone but rather looking forward to the 15 writing days that remain.

Glass Half Full

For those who are at or past the targeted word counts, congratulations!! Keep doing whatever you are doing because it obviously working! For those who are not there yet, I will remind you of one line from Mia’s letter last week: “You will.”

At first glance, these two words could easily be dismissed as mere platitude. They are so much more, my fellow WriMos. They are a positive, affirming call to action whether you are on-target or so far behind it may as well be November 1st.

It doesn’t matter because, “You will.”

You will…
…be positive
…write daily
…not edit
…stay focused
…and not quit.

You will…
…surrender to the creative process
…allow your muse(s) free reign
…push the words out of your mind
onto the page
and into the world.

You. Will. Finish.

Each and every person who has won NaNoWriMo in the past or will win it in future did so the exact same way: one word at a time. We believe in you. Now, believe in yourself and go write some words.

Remember: All words count in November. (Case in point: I MAY be copy/pasting this letter into my Scrivener. Don’t judge me! It’s like 330 words!!)

Write On,