NaNoWriMo 2016, Call-outs for Kudos & MoGo7000 Totals, and Book Give-Away

NaNoWriMo_2016_WebBadge_Participant-200How can it possibly be November 1 already? Let’s kick off the month with NaNoWriMo!

Vonda here: Writers, are you wondering what all this NaNoWriMo talk is about? Trying to decide if it’s something you should consider? Thanks to Edie Melson, here are the answers to your questions! (This is my second year to participate!)

To NaNo or Not? NaNoWriMo Decoded, by Edie Melson

Among those whose heart’s desire is to write a novel, November thoughts turn to the dilemma of NaNoWriMo. For the uneducated, November has long become known as National Novel Writing Month—NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo is an idea that has exploded in popularity. The idea is that you write the first draft (minimum of 50,000 words) of a novel in one month. At first this may sound ridiculous, but many writing instructors advocate writing your first draft quickly, without editing. James Scott Bell encourages this in his book, The Art of War for Writers. I highly recommend this book, by the way and it was the very first book reviewed on my blog. Curious to learn more? Click here to read the review.
So how do you get involved with NaNoWriMo?
  • First, visit the website and set up an account.
  • Second, familiarize yourself with the site and the many things they offer.
  • Third, start brainstorming ideas.

Yep, I’ve found it helps me to have an idea of where I’m going with my novel. I don’t want to get into the whole plotter or pantster debate, but I highly recommend at least a glimmer of an idea before you start.

Still unconvinced it’s for you? Consider this, people participate in NaNo for many reasons—many of them good—here are just a few to consider.

  • For Fun: maybe you’ve been toying with the idea of writing a novel. Here’s your time to give it a try.
  • To Jumpstart Your Next Book: if you write professionally, the work of writing can sometimes get in the way of actual writing. NaNo can help you get back on track.
  • An Accountability Group: Some of us just do better when we have to report on our progress. NaNoWriMo actually requires that.
  • A Deadline and Goal: I don’t know about you, but I can do almost anything for a month—give up chocolate, start an exercise program, get familiar with a new routine. Why not try writing a novel?
  • Company in a Lonely Endeavor: writing is a solitary pursuit and can often be intimidating and discouraging. Aligning with a group that has a shared goal and purpose helps alleviate the loneliness and helps keep us motivated.
  • To Win: yes, I admit it. I’m highly competitive and just thinking about NaNoWriMo gets my adrenaline pumping.

Vonda here: I would love to see who’s participating in NaNoWriMo, so be sure to leave a comment and let me know your NaNoWriMo name (you choose it when you register). Mine is easy to remember: vondaskelton.

Also, if you’ve participated in NaNoWriMo previously, please share your suggestions and comments based on your experience. Thanks!


I want to hear about your successes!

Okay, friends, now it’s time to hear from you! We want to know what you’ve been up to. Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe you’ve had an article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you!

It’s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:

**Your name
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)

I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

(Pencil mage courtesy of


mogoWho Worked on Their MoGo7000 in October?

If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in October, you can receive an entry in the drawing for the 2016 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! It’s open to everyone who qualifies.

To report your October results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written on a book project in October. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Sunday). 

If you missed out on last year’s money-winning writing challenge, don’t worry, the 2016 challenge continues! Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules.

Each month that you qualify with 7000 new words, your name goes in the “hat” for the drawing. You have two months to reach your 7000-word goal–that’s two entries for $100!

And yes–your NaNoWriMo words can count toward your MoGo7000 words!

So what are you waiting for? Get started now and you could have and extra $100 next year. And it doesn’t cost you a cent!Jesus and the Beanstalk


And who won a free copy of Lori Roeleveld’s new book, Jesus and the Beanstalk?

The winner is…

Alycia Morales!

Congrats, Alycia! Simply contact me with your snail mail address and Lori will get your free book right out to you!

And to those who didn’t win, here’s the Amazon link to Jesus and the Beanstalk. You know you want it!


Don’t forget to leave a comment if you’re going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. We need to encourage each other!

Blessings, my friends!


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  • NaNoWriMo is a bust for me. November is the month with the most scheduled interruptions. It’s awful.

    Figuring my days unavailable, I’d need to write nearly 3,000 words each available day to complete it. Scarey. I tried once and am always tempted, but it’s simply a disaster for me.

    • Yes, I know what you mean. I have a LOT of days this month when I won’t be able to write, but I figure anything I do is better than nothing! I’m more nervous about the pantser idea than anything! We’ll see where things are at the end of November. At least I’ll have a start on something, right? 🙂

      • You’re absolutely right – anything is better than nothing. You go, girl.

  • Hope Welborn

    My second month of MoGo7000, and I wrote 15,756 new words on my second book in October.

    • Way to go, Hope! Are you doing NaNoWriMo? It’s not too late to join!

      • Hope Welborn

        Thank you, Susan and Vonda. I can’t do NaNo this year. I’ve got a number of other things going on in November, and I know I wouldn’t be able to hit those word counts. If I get to MoGo7000 again this month, that will be good enough for me! But one of these years, I’d love to try NaNo. 🙂

        • Oh, Hope, I sooooo know what you mean! I was all excited about doing NaNoWriMo again this year. Got 609 words the first day and then the proverbial “other shoe” fell off in my mother’s caregiving. I’m also traveling this week Wed-Sun for two events, which is awesome, but with Thanksgiving also on the horizon and Mother’s move to assisted living in 10 days, there’s no way. Now I’m just hoping to survive and get everything done that absolutely HAS to be done this month! I finally cried Uncle and decided that’s one thing I can remove from my plate. 🙁 But after Mother gets settled and the holidays are over, I’ll hit the ground running on the 2nd draft of Pigtail. Watch out, 2017! (Please, Lord?)

    • That’s amazing – do NaNoWriMo! It’s an awesome way to get a book started – or to finish one!

  • I wrote 8,004 words in October for MOGO 7000. Woot. Still not done with that story but am starting a new one for NaNoWriMo! This will be my eight year and six of the stories I’ve written rough drafts for in NaNoWriMo have been contracted and the seventh one is with my agent. Going for number eight! You can be a buddy if you want–I’m silygoos on Nano. Happy writing!

    • Yes, I’m starting a new book for NaNoWriMo, too, because I’m on the 2nd draft of my current work in progress. So I’ll be starting a brand new book today and will try a total pantser approach for the first time. GULP.

      Congrats on another MoGo7000 entry! Didn’t you win last year?

      • I’m a panster.Go for it! Yes, I won last year. it’s be come a habit to enter now. you have me well-trained.

        • Now, if I can just keep myself on track! Blessings on your words!