It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

NaNo-Shield-Logo-WebI’m a day late with this post. To be honest, I didn’t decide until late Wednesday night that I would be participating in NaNoWriMo this year.

I know a lot of you know what NaNoWriMo is, but there are probably a lot who don’t.

November is National Novel Writing Month. It was started in 1999. In 2005, they became a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Here is a little bit about NaNoWriMo (or NaNo for short):

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) believes stories matter. The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.

Last year, NaNo had some pretty impressive numbers.

  • 402,142 participants, including 95,912 students and educators in the Young Writers Program, started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

  • 972 volunteer Municipal Liaisons guided 646 regions on six continents.

  • 1,195 libraries, bookstores, and community centers opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.

  • 65,962 Campers tackled a writing project—novel or not—at Camp NaNoWriMo.

And lest you think it’s just a vanity exercise to see if you can do it (50,000 words in one month is a lot for some people and not-so-much for others):

Hundreds of NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.

But, really, this just scratches the surface of all that NaNo is. To learn more about it, I encourage you to visit the site and poke around in the “about” section. If you want to try it, leave your NaNo username in the comments here and I’ll add you as a writing buddy.

I’ll see you tomorrow. I have some writing to do.

Spotlight on 80 Creativity Tips

41POmZ+2D0LI started out writing a book of creativity tips with the idea that I would do one creativity tip per day. That was a daunting task. Then I thought that 100 would be good. I don’t remember why I decided on 80 instead, but it sounded like a good, round number.

Every tip is based on personal experience.  I thought if it helped me, it might help someone else.

80 Creativity Tips is available in print and on Kindle. It is $8.25 in print and $3.99 on Kindle.

Starting Friday, November 2, the Kindle version will be free and run through Tuesday, November 6.

Buy it on Kindle or in print.

My Credentials

jen1It has been implied recently that I am not a “real” writer because I am not “serious” about my career. I’m not naming names or anything like it. That is counterproductive to what I am doing here.

It is true that I don’t brag and send out press releases every time I have something going on. That’s my fault. And that will change. But for now, here is a list of–well–a lot.

I have over 20 years of experience in writing for publication. My work has appeared in WritingforDollars.com (unfortunately now out of publication), Writers JOURNAL, Ada Evening News in the main paper (series on meth in Ada) and in the annual Progress Edition, Ada Hub Magazine, Ada Magazine, 4HEALTH Magazine, World Of Myth Magazine, and the OWFI Report (a column of website reviews and Internet-based tools for writers that ran for five years). Articles have also appeared on eHow.com and Demand Studios.

I am a hybrid author, meaning I have been traditionally and independently published. I have two novels and three short stories out under the pen name Kat O’Reilly. I have a series of short ebooks (currently three titles have been released with more to come), a book of devotions, a book about Twitter, books about creativity, and books about planning. Currently, I am working with The Wild Rose Press toward the publication of a paranormal/mystery novel, which is the first in a trilogy.

The complete list of my titles is:

Devoted to Creating: Igniting the Creative Spark in Everyone (currently out of print)
Get “Twitter”pated: A Writer’s Handbook to Twitter
Windsong & Other Poems
80 Creativity Tips
Create Your Own DIY Planner
Project Planner for Creatives
8 Patterns to Crochet
Journal Your Way to Creativity

JEN Enterprises Presents:
Why You Need a Writing Practice
BOP Your Way Through Writer’s Block
3 Keys to the Kingdom

Written as Kat O’Reilly:
Navajo Rose
Kiernan’s Curse
“They Call Me Malak”
“This Is Your Karma”
“Sex, Politics, & Vampires”

My articles, novels, and poems have won various awards. I have been a writer-in-residence on several occasions at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs. I have presented at conferences, civic organizations, and even this group. I have served as a contest judge for OKRWA (the Oklahoma chapter of RWA – Romance Writers of America) and OWFI. I have served in numerous volunteer positions within OWFI, including as 1st and 2nd Vice-President. If you are unfamiliar with the OWFI organization, the 1st VP is the person in charge of the contest.

I do not present any of this to put-down or disparage anyone. I mention it only to correct the implication that I am not “serious” about my career.

Oops! – Create Your Own DIY Planner Promo

I was looking at reports on Amazon about my books. I noticed something that made me go “Hmm….”

I forgot to set up the free promo for Create Your Own DIY Planner! That’s fixed now. Instead of ending on Tuesday, it will run from tomorrow (Sunday) to Thursday. Grab yours while you can!

A New-ish Endeavor

Why do I say “New-ish?”

It’s still writing. It’s something I’ve thought about doing. But I’m finally doing it.

What is “it?”

I have been collecting ideas for short ebooks that I want to do. Then I started looking at the files on my hard drive and it hit me.

I have a good variety of articles that I have written but were either never published or published to a small audience. Why couldn’t I make those into ebooks to get this started?

So I am!

They are under “JEN Enterprises Presents.” So far, there is Why You Need a Writing Practice, BOP Your Way Through Writer’s Block, and 3 Keys to the Kingdom. They are all 99-cents. They are only on Kindle, though I will soon have PDFs available for sale on this site. I want to have at least five available before I do that, though.

In the meantime, if there is a writing/creativity subject you would like to see covered, leave a comment or send me a message using the comment form here.

Spotlight on Create Your Own DIY Planner

This week, we’re going back to nonfiction.

For a while, I was really into the Bullet Journal trend. Then I discovered I was making, basically, a traditional planner but with pages and trackers I need. I had people asking me if I would write a book about how to do what I did.

And here it is.

Blurb:

Create Your Own DIY Planner will help you develop your own planner that works best for you. It is a flexible system that allows for forgetting. Just turn to the next blank page and start again. You will learn the key components to your planner, common styles, and other elements you can include, such as collections, lists, challenges, and trackers.

This book is available on Kindle only.

Price: $3.99

It will be free starting Friday, October 26 and ending on Tuesday, October30.

Spotlight on Kiernan’s Curse (Kat O’Reilly)

515FgiX7kWLWe’re going from nonfiction to fiction. Romance, actually. And it does get steamy.

Kiernan’s Curse started with a dream I had. The first past of the dream is used in the beginning. The second part of the dream is in the middle.

Set in central Ireland in the early-mid Middle Ages, this is the book where I decided on my pen name. I wanted something that sounded Irish.

BLURB:

Can a heart be unsealed and allowed to love again after being closed as tightly as the west tower?

Kiernan Maguire fends off attacks on the village of Beinn but Maeb Faly is determined she won’t be so easily turned away. With battles waging on his health, his keep, and his heart, something has to give.

This is book 1 of the Maguire Men. Others in the series are in various stages of completion. I’ll let you know when they are available.

It will be free on Kindle from Friday, October 19, 2018, to October 23, 2018.