Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How to Become an Olympic Writer - Idea Sparking NaNoWriMo with Author @MichelleLim24

Jaime here! I am taking the week off from blogging to write my novella, so my dear friend, Michelle Lim is guest posting on my behalf. Many of you have commented or private messaged me that you're interested in doing your won writing. If you are one of those, then this blog post is for you!! If you're a reader with no interest in writing :), that's OKAY! :) Read this for fun to see the agony us writers put ourselves through.

Oh and one more thing: WINNER of my novella, some coffee (or tea), and a bookmark is: BRITNEY ADAM!

Michelle, take it away! :)


Do you get excited about the Olympics every time they are on television? I am virtually hooked!

It never ceases to amaze me the incredible talent and determination of these world athletes. They will continue to fight for the finish line, even if they are so injured there is no way to get a medal. This type of perseverance wins Gold metals when injury doesn’t interfere.

How about you? Have you thought of becoming an Olympic Writer?

Not much of an athlete? That’s alright. There is a different kind of intensive training for writers. NaNoWriMo or the celebration of November where authors write a novel in thirty days.

Maybe you’ve tried it before. Maybe not. It isn’t for the faint of heart. But you can become an Olympic writer and finish the thirty-day novel journey with success!

How to Become an Olympic Writer:

*Set flexible goals. If you want to find success in writing a novel in a month it is important to set goals that flex a bit with your ups and downs. What can be flexible with NaNoWrimo?

Set a weekly goal that will get you on track to reach your monthly goal. Each individual day inside of that week should reflect your own rhythm. Not every day in your life is as optimum for writing. Know that you will fail if you don’t have at least a day off a week? Adjust your word count to give you a day off.

Be flexible inside of each week. It will increase your weekly word count.

*See it as a plot draft. Expecting perfection or anything close to it on this kind of power drafting will only lead to frustration and a low word count. Recognize that it is merely getting the basics of character, scene, and plot on the page. It will not be the rich piece you publish. You can go back and edit later.

*Gather the right resources. Moments along the way will threaten to weaken your resolve. Plan ahead to have resources at your fingertips to get you back on track. One resource that can help you along the way is my new book release.

My newest release: Idea Sparking: 30 Idea Sparks to Write a
Novel in a Month is a great way to help you spark your novel. Why?

Idea Sparking: 30 Idea Sparks to Write a Novel in a Month accompanies an author on a thirty-day novel journey. Daily idea prompts assist authors in finding the inspiration to write. With personal experience insights and goal setting reflections, this book is the perfect resource for the writer who wants to write a novel in a month, or the author looking for a resource for their everyday writing journey. What you will find in this incredible resource:

*A weekly inspirational focus to get you ready to write

*Daily Idea Sparks to spark your creativity and get you writing

*Mini writing craft tips that enhance your writing

*Daily Mid-day Milestones with thought-provoking questions to improve writing habits

*Weekly Check-Ups to retune your process to set you up for success

Join the Idea Sparking adventure:

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What is the hardest thing you have ever done?

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s Genesis winning romantic suspense is represented with Books & Such Literary Agency. Michelle’s New Release - Idea Sparking: 30 Idea Sparks to Write a Novel in a Month releases October 27th for $0.99 Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories. Connect with Michelle on Facebook, Twitter at @MichelleLim24, or my blog at www.thoughtsonplot.worpress.com


  1. The hardest thing I've ever done is climb Half Dome in Yosemite. The hike was physically difficult, but climbing the cables was terrifying! About half way up the angle steepens and it felt like if I stopped I would fall. I just had to keep moving and when I got to the top it was exhilarating :)

  2. Wow, that sounds challenging, Heidi! It feels great to accomplish something so difficult though. NaNoWrimo is a bit like that at the end, too.

  3. The hardest thing I've had to do was public speaking when I had to present a project. I am not the type to draw attention to myself and I felt very uncomfortable.

    1. Oh, I so hear that. Now I'm more used to getting up in front of people, but when I first started doing this I was terrified.


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