Tips and Tricks to Survive Nanowrimo

Tips And Tricks To Help You Survive Nanowrimo

A strong support group and fun activities seem to be the key to success for this author!


For those who don't know what Nanowrimo is, allow me to elaborate. Imagine writing a book. Okay, now imagining writing a whole book in a month. Sounds crazy right? Wrong! Nanowrimo is short for National Novel Writing Month, a program endorsed by authors such as John Green. The whole gist of the program is that you write a 50,000 word novel throughout November and thousands from across the world participate in this event. This will be my fifth year attempting Nano, and I'm currently on track to surpass every year on record. So, what makes this year different from every other? I'm still drowning in coursework ranging from three term papers to watching films for class, and yet I have found time to write 1,667 words or more each day. To put it simply, I've changed my whole writing routine and come up with a few tips and tricks to stay on track for the rest of the month.

Find a writing buddy

Nano is not for the faint of heart. Find a friend to help you through!

Alexandra Michalski

Whether you know this person in real life or only through the internet, it doesn't matter. By having a buddy, you also get your own personal support system throughout the month. Make sure to encourage one another and push yourselves to reach 1,667 words each day. This is my first year of really pushing the issue of having a buddy, and it's really helped me stick with my novel!

Participate in word sprints and writing games

We made up our own game to convince us to get writing!

Alexandra Michalski

My buddy came to me on the third day of November stating that she was planning on stopping her novel because she was so far behind already. So, I challenged her to a word sprint and ended creating a game complete with tokens and a fortune teller full of writing dares. By challenging one another in a competitive setting, we managed to write hundreds of words in mere minutes! My buddy told me that this day of word sprints singlehandedly saved her novel. Who knows maybe writing games can save your novel as well?

Just get it on paper

Even if you think it's the worst writing ever, it still counts towards 50,000 words.

Your idea may not be fully formed in your head but write it down anyways! You never know where a half-formed idea could take you. New characters may make an appearance, or a new subplot could develop before your very eyes. While this has been a challenge for me, especially since I like to plan my novel ahead of time, it's allowed for new scenes to sneak their way into my book.

Write whenever you can

Whenever you can find the time to write, write!

Whether its minutes before your ancient history class starts or right before bed, write! In the past, I would pick an hour or so that would be my designated writing time and only write during that scheduled time. By pushing myself to write when I would rather be relaxing or doing other things, I've started to associate writing with free time. Throughout the week I've noticed myself looking forward to my free time more and more because that means I get to continue writing my book!

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A Thank You Letter To The Best Teammate I've Ever Had

There's no "I" in team.

We all have those amazing memories when it comes to sports. Sometimes it is from winning tough games, but most of the amazing memories that we have come from the teammates that we shared those wins with. Teammates are the people who you spend so much time with that you eventually become a family. Teammates do more than help just win a game; they can be there through everything. There's always that one teammate that stands out from the rest, and this letter is for you.

Thank you for being selfless.

Looking back, I remember a lot of teammates. Some were great and some were not that great. I've had teammates who have only cared about their playing time. I've had teammates that have only cared about if they score more goals or more points than anyone else. You did not care about that. If the coach told you to play a position that you did not want to play, you still played it without a complaint. If I was tired at a certain position and wanted to switch you, you did it. You never complained about where you were playing or how many goals you had; you just wanted the team to win.

Thank you for having my back.

The best kinds of teammates are the ones that support you no matter what you do. I got a red card? That referee is stupid. I got into a fist fight during a game? You were the first one next to me swinging. Some girl makes fun of me on social media for messing up in a game? You were roasting her in her mentions. Even if I was right or wrong, you always supported me no matter what I did.

Thank you for seeing me at my worst and building me back up.

There are always times in an athlete's life where we run to the point to where we need to throw up. There are times where we go through games and miss too many shots. There are times where we get a little too mad at our coaches and feel as if we cannot deal with it anymore. You were the one that got me through it. When I was in the middle of a run and my lungs were burning, you stayed right next to me and reminded me that there wasn't much longer to go, even if there was. You always reminded me how capable I was by yelling at me and telling me to go score. You've seen me tired, sweaty, crying, screaming and throwing up. After all that, you still went out of your way to build me back up and I cannot thank you enough for that.

Thank you for making me love the game.

Without people like you, I would have had a very rough ride through my sports career. I have had teammates that have made me go home crying because they were so mean and rude. I have had teammates who have only cared about themselves. Without you, I would've forgotten what a good teammate is. Looking back, all I remember is the celebrations, the screaming random songs in cars and us hating each other's exes automatically... Then talking about all these things at practice. Thanks for being a leader with me. Without you and the rest of the team, I would not have loved the sport that I played.

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UFC 241: Showtime For Nate Diaz

The Long-Awaited Grudge Match Has Been Made


Former UFC Lightweight Champion and Former WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis gets himself an opponent he has been waiting for since he was sitting at the throne in the UFC's Lightweight division. Coming off of a knockout of the year candidate after he knocked out top welterweight contender Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson with a flying superman hook is booked in a fight that could very well be the fight of the year. It was announced that the returning Nate Diaz will meet Anthony "Showtime" Pettis in the Co-Main Event slot at UFC 241 in the welterweight division.

The long-awaited return of Nate Diaz is finally here after he was originally supposed to make his octagon return back at UFC 230 when he was expected to face the now interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier, but that fell through after Dustin suffered a hip injury. After that, there was no news of any kind of return aside from Dana White saying the Diaz Brothers turn down fights.

On Ariel Helwani's mix martial arts show he had Anthony "Showtime" Pettis as a guest as Anthony really broke down how much he is looking forward to this fight. He also detailed how he will already be heading into fight camp even though the fight is on August 17th because that is how much he wants to knock out Nate Diaz. There always have been some kind of dispute between these 2 fighters so it will be interesting to see what would be said at the press conference if the UFC decides to hold on for UFC 241.

Since entering the UFC Anthony "Showtime" Pettis has stacked up 8 fight bonuses with the amazing performances he continues to put on. The former UFC Lightweight champion also has 9 wins in the organization with wins over huge names like Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, Charles Oliveria, Jeremy Stephens, and now since entering the welterweight division former title challenger Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson. Anthony "Showtime" Pettis is looking to become a serious title contender in the UFC 170 pound division as he will meet the huge obstacle that is Stockton, California's own Nate Diaz.

Many were unclear and speculated if Nate Diaz was going to return. Including, who his potential opponent would be. Everyone was under the assumption that the only way that Nate Diaz would make his return to the octagon would be that 3rd fight with "The Notorious" Conor Mcgregor. Nate Diaz who become the first person to finish Conor Mcgregor in the UFC is also coming off of a loss to Conor Mcgregor in their rematch leaving both of them with 1 win and 1 loss against one another. It was even shocking when the UFC announced last year that Nate was gonna return against Dustin in the lightweight division.

At UFC 241 Nate Diaz will be returning to the welterweight division is a bout that will be huge as the main event is the rematch between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and the current UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel "D.C." Cormier in a rematch that has been way too far overdue.

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