It’s Time to Get Your NaNoWriMo On

by Lori DeBoer

It’s about time.

It’s about time you wrote your book, once and for all. It’s about time you stopped putting it off or making excuses or letting fear get in your way. It’s about time you stopped deferring your dreams and started living them.

And it’s about time for National Novel Writing Month to commence.

I don’t believe those happy facts — you, in need of writing your book, and NaNoWriMo Month, in need of participants — are coincidental. In fact, the timing is perfect.

I’d like to invite you to join me, the good folks who organize NaNoWriMo and more than 300,000 of your fellow writers to get your NaNoWriMo on. Participants do their best to write 50,000 words during the month of November.

The rules are simple: you may begin at the stroke of midnight on October 31 to start writing your book. You can do scads of planning — character sketches, plot points, world-building — but you must turn in fresh words. You can write in any genre.

All you need to do to join the fun is to sign up at the NaNoWriMo website. You’ll submit your writing through your account as often as you’d like, and there are plenty of forums and people hanging out in the forums to help cheer you on.

One important tip: save your work on your computer or tablet. Do not submit your only copy on the NaNoWriMo website, because web browsers have a habit of making things disappear.

I’ll be writing right along with you. I’m just wrapping up a ghost-writing project for a client and have a YA novel I’ll be nudging along.

I’ll also be sharing some ideas, tips and encouragement here on Fresh Ink, my writing and coaching blog. If you have any specific questions you’d like to ask me, please e-mail to them to me through my contact form.

To help you get your NaNoWriMo groove on, I’m offering half off on two one-hour coaching sessions. My coaching sessions are normally $90 an hour, though I give discounts to clients who purchase a package of hours up front. You don’t need to be participating in NaNoWriMo to get this great deal on coaching. You simply need to be dedicated to moving forward in your writing.

We can meet over the phone, Skype or in person in North Boulder. We can work on just about anything surrounding writing, including planning your work, troubleshooting, brainstorming, craft improvement and more. I also work with clients on any life challenges they may have that stand between them and their writing, including building a writing practice, finding time to write, dealing with writers’ block and self-doubt and learning to embrace their creativity and unique voice. I also work with writers on publishing, selling and marketing their work, including book proposals, social media and websites.

I am adept at addressing some of the subtle problems that may be holding a manuscript back and am known as an editor’s editor. I specialize in both hand holding and butt kicking, as well as all points in between. My clients are consistently award-winners and have been published with or have manuscripts forthcoming from Candlewick, Yotzeret and Greenleaf.  For the past few years, my clients have received top honors in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest and the Zebulon Contest.

The coaching sessions can be purchased through December 31, 2014, when the coupon expires. You can schedule your sessions for any time. A lot of people have asked if they can purchase more than two one-hour sessions with the coupon and I am sorry but, due to high demand, the coupon is limited to two uses per customer.

Here’s how to redeem the coupon:

1) Go to my booking page at

2) Select the 1-Hour Coaching Session and click BOOK. (You can only purchase one hour at a time, so if you want to do two hours, you’ll need to purchase two back-to-back, and apply the coupon to each purchase/booking.)

3) Select the time and date you want to meet. (The sessions you purchase with the coupon do not expire, so you can meet with me anytime, including next November, if you want. If you decide you need to move your date and time after you book it, that’s okay.)

4) Fill out your info

5)You will enter the coupon code AFTER you click CONFIRM to check out. (I know it is counterintuitive, but I didn’t design it. If you accidentally end up paying the full amount, just e-mail me at lorideboer01 (at) gmail, and I’ll help you out.

6)At that point, you may enter the coupon code:



That’s it! Please make sure you let me know what you want to work on when you book. Please stop by often to see what’s new on the Fresh Ink Blog and be sure to sign up for my coaching tips newsletter.

Happy writing!