Hello, November! (plus my favorite writers’ resources)

Aaaand just like that it’s November. And we know what that means – it’s NaNoWriMo once again. Yep.

NaNoWrimo or National Novel Writing Month is when people attempt to write and finish a novel for the entire month of November. Well, the goal is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words. Some folks say it’s crazy, some folks say it works for them. For me, I see it as a personal challenge to START something.

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The productivity apps I use right now

Some of you may know that I don’t have a regular job and freelance some of the time. It’s not so bad but it can be a challenge to be productive. Thank the tech gods that there are cool productivity apps I can use to do my work. Today I’m listing them down just because. Hah. :)

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I want a pretty planner for 2016 though I don’t really use one.

Are you a planner type person? I really am not. I have had planners before and I always ended up not using them much or at all. I’ve realized before that it’s the organized and structured format that bothers me. Well, you know, each page or spread is for a specific week and there are spaces and lines for each day. It bothers me when I don’t have anything written down for each day or if I have too much stuff on a particular day and spill out on to the space meant for the next day. I just can’t ignore the dates and labels. I know, I’m weird. What has been working for me so far is a plain, unlined notebook. I can write anything – from random ideas and thoughts, to-do lists, plans, etc. – and I don’t feel pressured to write something for each day hah. It’s great.

However, these gorgeous planners are making me re-think my planner game or lack thereof. Take a look and see what I mean.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your NaNoWriMo Novel [Infographic]

NaNoWriMo

Where my WriMos at? How are you doing with your projects? I hope you’re all doing okay. Moi, on the other hand – I’m kind of failing this challenge. Hah. Coming into November, I had a whole bunch of ideas I didn’t really know what to do with and I changed my initial story a couple of days ago and I wrote about 200 words as an intro. Tada! Seriously though, I’m not broken up about it. My goal for NaNo is to just come out with a good outline that I can work on beyond this month’s madness. :)

Anyway, thought I’d share this nice little infographic by Grammarly. During last year’s NaNoWriMo, Grammarly worked with about 500 writers from 54 countries to crowdsource a novel. They then analyzed the resulting 40,000 or so words and uncovered some common writing mistakes. Find a summary of the top five in the infographic below! Plus, read more about Grammarly’s Novel Ideas Competition!

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2015

So, on a whim, I decided to sign up for NaNoWriMo. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month is exactly what it sounds like – a whole month of novel writing. For the whole of November, participants (attempt to) work on a 50,000-word novel.

YEP, IMMA TRY TO WRITE A FRIGGIN’ NOVEL THIS MONTH, FOLKS.

Holy buffoonery, Batman.

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It’s World Teachers Day! [Infographic]

Photo from Death to the Stock Photo

The quote by Sidney Hook (an American philosopher) above says, “Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” That’s so true, isn’t it? We may not remember anything or too much of what we learned in school, but we’re sure to remember at least one teacher who made a difference in our lives, even if it was just in a small way.

October 5 is World Teachers Day. It is also the culmination of National Teachers Month (which runs from September 5 to October 5) here in the Philippines. To celebrate, here’s an infographic dedicated to educators around the world and aimed at reminding everyone how important teachers are. :)

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Creative Marketing? Whut?

Photo from Death to the Stock Photo

This post is a part of the Double Your Followers blog tour to spread the word about April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming CreativeLive course. Does hearing the word ‘marketing’ make your armpits start to drip with anxiety? Are you terrified of sounding salesy or like you have the personality of a dead blowfish? If so, come join me and 2,500+ entrepreneurs who’re taking April’s latest CreativeLive course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing. You can RSVP and watch for FREE. Yep, free. High fives, wildflowers, wine samples. Who doesn’t love free?

As part of the blog tour, I’m supposed to blog about one of these topics: a) What I’d love to learn from April’s upcoming course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing b) My biggest marketing struggle(s), or c) My most successful marketing strategy to date (examples: hosting an Instagram challenge or guest posting on a popular blog) and why I think it worked so well.

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International Literacy Day [Infographic]

International Literacy Day

Did you know that 756 million people, aged 15 and older, from around the world can’t read or write? Of that number, 115 million are between the ages of 15 and 24, and two-thirds of them are women. That’s bad. :(

To celebrate International Literacy Day and help raise awareness of literacy and its importance to the world, Grammarly put together this infographic of the latest stats on literacy.

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Guest Post: Important Investments that Can Help Freelancers Boost their Business

These days, it’s not just enough that you have a typewriter and impeccable grammar in order to become successful in freelance writing. At some point in our career, we need to invest on things in order to grow.

And when it comes to investing, the first thing that you need to learn is that it is a continuous and ever-changing process. It is just like filling your car with gasoline. Yes, the petrol that you poured can take you to faraway places, but you need to refill your tank again after sometime. You need to learn a new writing skill in order to satiate your readers, and you might even need to upgrade some of your gadgets. In this post, you’ll learn about the essential things that freelancers should invest in to boost their craft and their business.

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