AND THEYโ€™RE OFF! NaNoWriMo is out of the starting blocks ๐ŸŽ. (#writingtips)

So how have you all fared on the first day of the NaNoWriMo 2018 challenge? Those writers in the time zones across the Atlantic will still be tapping away … keep going!… while those from the time zone in the other direction will be asleep and about to wake for Day 2!

How amazing that this phenomenon brings writers together from all over the world for the month of November for what, in essence, is the mother of all writing sprints!

I managed 1,604 words, which is a tad short of the ideal ‘average’ daily wordcount of 1,667 if we are to achieve the total 50,000 goal across all days of the month ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

This little buzzy bee ๐Ÿ is my mascot and shall appear in each photo I post about NaNo! It was one of many thoughtful gifts from a reading buddy who lives in New York, or just outside. This reading buddy who does not have a blog, shares her time and world with myself and a third book buddy who keeps the great book review site ShuffleBookBox.

The three of us have a lot of laughs and we came together over one special book…. ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes… hence the ๐Ÿ

Back to NaNo… I’ve already mentioned Megg Geri and her brilliant book ‘Write A Novel In Thirty Days’ and another writer who spends her life encouraging others (and specialises in beginner novelists) is Lara Ferrari. For a wonderful site full of tips, inspiration, guidelines and encouragement, check her site out above. One nugget I’ve just printed out this evening is this below – as we know I can get carried away with details ๐Ÿ™ˆ


Keep up your energy levels too, and take water into your writing time – as well as the delectable coffees and mochas we all dream about!

Sleep. We are going to need good sleeps. ๐Ÿ™ˆ Oh Lordy, this could be my undoing. I often don’t sleep through. Man of the Woods helpfully reads out regularly from the newspaper, articles about the more mature ladies not sleeping through these years. What?? I’ll give you menopause, you bastard (*throws pillows at him*) ๐Ÿ˜‚ …. for the record, I have no idea if I’ve hit that time or not. I’m 49. I feel fine, no hot flushes, and nothing else to report. (Shall we stop there? Please).

Lavender. Good for sleep.

In the absence of a floral filled field in which to roll around before bed, try a pillow spray such as this …

…. essence oils of lavender mixed with vetivert and wild camomile and before you think I’m trying to palm you off with something dodgy, it’s made by the guys at and I bought this from the EasyJet InFlight magazine of goodies. You know – the one in which you see all those items you all-of-a-sudden can’t live without.

Food is fuel. Don’t type on an empty stomach!

My cupboards are bare right now but I did find a Camembert to heat up to melting point and four slices of white bread toasted (allowed to go hard before buttering – yum) was a great easy meal meaning the munchies would not disturb me while I NaNo’d ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

If you are partaking in NaNo this year, let’s keep in touch! We will all have good days and bad days and probably some hopeless ones to boot. Let’s keep each other motivated! x