Coming Nov. 19th…Stealing Time to Write

romance writers chat topic stealing time to writeAll year round, but especially with the holidays coming up, finding time to write can be difficult. How do you keep putting words on the page when you can’t block out big chunks of time to sit down and work? Whether you struggle with stealing time to write, or you’re an expert with all the answers, come share your knowledge and your struggles with us on Sunday, November 19th @ 4pm PT | 7pm ET.

Coming Nov. 13… The First Draft


Image by Alexis Daria

It’s NaNoWriMo season which means lots of us are slogging away at putting thousands of words on a blank page every day. Creating something out of nothing can be exhausting. Do you prepare with an outline or fly by the seat of your pants? If you plot, how do you cope when things go off track from the plan? If you’re a pantser, how do you deal with the inevitable scary moment of “I have no idea what happens next?”

Come share with everyone how you cope with the challenges of writing from scratch. And hear how others manage it too.

See you 4pm PST / 7pm EST!

~Robin Lovett

NaNoWriMo Made Me A Professional Writer

It may sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but I don’t think it is. Writing 50,000 words in the month of November for the last three years, with the help and support of the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) community has made me the writer I am, and it’s not just because my 2014 NaNo book became my debut published novel this summer.


My NaNoWriMo stickers on the back of my old laptop from the three years I won.

The discipline to commit and write a novel in 30 days is a daunting but very professional task. The respect it shows one’s work with a specific goal and a hard fast deadline along with the accountability of the whole NaNo community is the mark of a budding professional writer.

The number one thing NaNoWriMo did for me was teach me to turn off my overcritical, often debilitating inner editor. I have a tendency to over analyze everything, often making it hard to achieve a goal because perfection gives me writer’s block. But the NaNo philosophy of Don’t-Edit-Just-Write helped me learn to write for the pure enjoyment and pleasure of it.

In the midst of achieving deadlines this year, I’ve been losing sight of that – the joy of writing. I can’t wait until November 1st. NaNoWriMo is fast becoming my yearly commitment to myself to remember I LOVE TO WRITE!

We’re two weeks out from the start of NaNo. The perfect time to start planning your novel for the month. Alexis Daria, NaNo veteran and municipal liaison for over ten years, will have lots of provoking questions and info for us on what NaNo is all about – this Sunday 4pm PST / 7pm EST.

Until then, think about what it is you would love to write next.

~Robin Lovett


Coming Oct. 16th… NaNoWriMo


Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – starts November 1st.

For the virgin writers out there, it’s a crusade to write 50,000 words in the month of November along with hundreds of thousands of writers around the world. It’s about committing to a writing goal with the help of your peers.

Your #RWChat hosts are big fans of NaNo. Alexis Daria has been doing it since 2004 and has been a municipal liaison for the New York City region since 2006. C.L. Polk has done the NaNo camps in April and July, and my first book published this summer was written for NaNo in 2014.

This Sunday we’ll chat about what it’s like to plan a writing marathon with big word count aspirations. If you’ve done it before, come share your tips. If you haven’t, come learn more.

See you Sunday 4pm PST / 7pm EST!

~Robin Lovett