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How I’ve Used National Novel Writing Month to Crush Writing Goals

NaNoWriMo

My fourth fiction novel, entitled Not a Chance, was published on October 31, 2018. It’s a little fitting that NaNoWriMo eve is the release date since I wrote the first draft of this novel during 2014 National Novel Writing Month. Overall I can claim 6 NaNoWri wins, despite crawling to the finish with 2 of them and in my excitement, I forgot to upload them to get official credit. I succeeded in writing more in those months than I thought possible, and that’s all that matters.

I’d tried, and failed, NaNoWriMo several times before that. The difference was that I didn’t find other people to hold me accountable, and I didn’t make writing a priority. NaNoWriMo gives permission to put writing first. Writing is often a very solitary endeavor. It’s all too easy to procrastinate or to unintentionally allow other tasks to fill the day, and say there’s no time to write. NaNo says yes there is, make the time. I could use the same guidelines any month to increase my word count, but there’s something about crushing word count goals in November—one of the months that writing seems almost impossible when the holiday craziness begins. It validates that with passion and persistence, and a little bit of cheerleading and support, many impossible goals become possible.

Aha Media Group 30-Day Challenge

If you’re not ready to start the Great American Novel, try the 30-Day Challenge from the Aha Media Group. This writing challenge promises to make you a better writer in just 5 minutes a day! These are great writers tips worth practicing. Make it a priority and schedule 5 minutes a day to accomplish the tasks.

Are you a Healthcare Freelancer?  

Join our gated Facebook community for an accountability challenge hosted by our SavvyScribe Mastermind members!

Our community is all about supporting one another in our freelance business!  Providing Community, Support, and Accountability so you can take Action to take your business to the next level!

Several of our members, like Maureen,  are focused on their next book and joining #NaNoWriMo.  Still, others are bloggers, vloggers and even brand new at writing!  They will be joining our friends with AHA Media in their 30-Day Challenge.

Our Savvy Scribe Mastermind members are providing daily #FreelanceWriting prompts in our community – plus sharing hacks and tips for achieving success!

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Puppy Mom Writes a Book

Our good friend, author, founder of Cancer Harbors, puppy mom, and member of The Healthcare Marketing Network, Alene Nitzky finished her first book this Summer!

Her book, perfectly titled Navigating the C: A Nurse Charts the Course on Cancer Survivorship Care, is about all the stakeholders in healthcare and how each of these groups can do a better job of ensuring that cancer survivors’ needs are met. She blogged through the process over at The Social Nurse and we’re thrilled to share said process with you today!

Check out these 4 posts by Alene to follow along in her book writing journey with pups!

1. Getting Started

In this first article, Alene tells us about her history with writing and how she’s wanted to write a book since she was 10! Follow along as she talks about money, having the right support system, and diving into the good stuff.

2. Lessons Learned

Ever wondered how raising puppies related to writing a book? Look no further! Alene covers five lessons she’s learned while writing a book with these adorable puppies and how they’ve tied into the creation of her first book.

3. Author’s Mission

Alene states her mission in this journey is to “show the healthcare world and all its stakeholders, the value of creativity, authenticity, resourcefulness, and empathy, and inspiring movement toward, and respect for, these qualities in all endeavors.” Read the full article to hear more about each element of her mission!

4. The Last Word

The last word has been written; now what? Well, lots of personal growth and professional development for one, not to mention the cutest dogs in the world have birthdays!

Writing a book is no easy feat, so we tip our hats to Alene and her courageous adventure as a puppy mom and author! We also want to give a huge shout out to Deanna Gillingham, author of the popular Case Management Study Guide for being a great encouragement to Alene and Sage Marketing Group for partnering with her every step of the way!

CONGRATS ON THE COMPLETION OF YOUR BOOK ALENE!

We are so proud of you here at The Healthcare Marketing Network and can’t wait to see what comes next!