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    20BooksTo50K Conference, Day 1

    It was only registration, but the meetings were magical 20BooksTo50K is one of the most popular groups for independent authors. Its Facebook site is approaching legendary status for writers to want to make money with their books. They don’t focus on get-rich-quick schemes or ways to game the Amazon algorithms or payment mechanisms. Their concept is simple: “20Booksto50k® is a simple concept of how much money it takes to retire comfortably in Cabo San Lucas. If you have twenty books earning $7.50 each per day, you can make $50k per year.” —20BooksTo50K founder Michael Anderle From today, November 11, through […]

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    Finding Your Flow State

    By Val Neil Val Neil is SacNaNo’s first guest blogger. Contact Max or Paul about how you can submit material. What is a flow state? Do you ever get into the groove when you’re writing? Your fingers fly, words pour out of you like magic, and before you know it, an hour has passed. That’s the flow state—a particular mindset when the words come without hesitation. How do you get into the flow state? Getting into the flow state can take some time, but a few tricks can help you get there quicker. Some professional writers do warm up techniques […]

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    Hump Day Herald, Nov. 6

    The official newspaper of SacNaNo. Published every Wednesday. For Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Write-in Wroundup This week the Sacramento region held 7 official write-ins. Seats filled at in-person events: 69. Warriors in Discord during events: 96. Words logged in wars: 122,831. Coming events: Wed 11/6: Virtual Write-In, Discord, 7-10 PM Sat 11/9, 2-4 PM: WRITE-IN, Elk Grove/South Sac. Valley Hi-North Laguna Library, 7400 Imagination Pkwy., Elk Grove (and online on Discord) Sat 11/9, 2:15-4:30 PM: LEARNING SESSION AND WRITE-IN, Panera at 2731 Del Paso Rd. (and online on Discord). For this write-in, we have another local WriMo who’s making things […]

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    Getting to the Finish Line

    I’ve considered myself a novelist pretty much all my life. When I was six years old, I’d beg my parents for notebooks and decorate the cover to look as close to a novel as I could. I must have made two dozen “books”—all with incomplete insides, as my desire to create new stories won out over my desire to finish what I had started. In college, I majored in creative writing and wrote short stories that were published by university literary journals. For the equivalent of my senior thesis, I wrote the first 100 pages of Very Important Literary Fiction […]

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    Getting the Word Counter on the New NaNo Site

    I beat my head against the wall trying to figure out how to update my word count on the brand new novel I started writing this morning. The process is much different to the previous NaNoWriMo site, and it was completely unintuitive to me. Someone had to walk me through it. I’m putting instructions here to save you from my frustration. (Although it may already be too late!) The piece I was missing? Transitioning my novel from “Prepping” to “In Progress.” Here’s how to do it. On your NaNoWriMo home page, make sure your project is visible (you may have […]

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    Hump Day Herald, October 30

    The official newspaper of SacNaNo. Published every Wednesday. For Wednesday, October 30, 2019 = THE WEEK NANO STARTS! Write-in Wroundup This week the Sacramento region held 3 write-ins, attended by 26 persons, of whom 10 were writing and reporting their word counts. These wrote a total of 7,283 words. How to help your MLs Paul and Max can use some assistance during this busy week. Here’s how you can help out: Start using the Regional Forum as your primary means of communication. Although the rest of the NNWM website is broken, the forums work fine. They’re the best way for […]

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    Hump Day Herald for October 23

    The official newspaper of SacNaNo. Published every Wednesday. For Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Write-in Wroundup This week the Sacramento region held 3 write-ins, attended by 11 writers, who wrote 13,474 words. Coming events: Wed 10/23: Virtual Write-In, Discord, 7-10 PM All week: Virtual write-ins occur frequently on the Never-Ending NaNo group on Facebook. They often happen on the spur of the moment. If you want someone to war with, just announce an event on that group and people may appear.  Sat 10/26: MEET AND GREET! Informational event to get you ready for NaNoWriMo. 3:00-5:00 PM. Panera Bread, 901 Howe Ave., […]

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    Hump Day Herald

    The official newspaper of SacNaNo. Published every Wednesday. For Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Write-in Wroundup This week the Sacramento region held 3 write-ins, attended by 11 writers, who wrote 11,366 words. Coming events: Wed 10/16: Virtual Write-In, Discord, 7-10 PM All week: Virtual write-ins occur frequently on the Never-Ending NaNo group on Facebook. They often happen on the spur of the moment. If you want someone to war with, just announce an event on that group and people may appear.  Mon 10/21: Write-In, Panera, Greenback & Sunrise, 6:30-9 PM (and Discord) Tue 10/22: Write-in, Panera Bread, Sacramento/Arden (Howe & Northrup) […]

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    Gearing up for NaNoWriMo 2019

    For 2019, the Sacramento chapter of NaNoWriMo has a bunch of new announcements—and things we haven’t done before. Our biggest change? This year, we’re offering learning sessions each of the first four Saturdays in November. These will be led by several of the writers in our group who’ve gotten their fiction published. We hope you’ll find the sessions useful for finishing your month a winner—and for taking your project to the next level! In the next couple of weeks, we’ll announce the dates for the “meet and greets”—the late October meet-ups where we’ll introduce ourselves and each other. Be sure […]

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