Happy Halloween!!

When I think of Halloween, I remember crisp evenings going door to door with my parents, siblings, and friends. We had jacko-lantern candy baskets and said “Trick or treat!” in our cute little outfits that varied. Some looked like they were straight out of a fairytale, movie, or story. It was a lovely time to just spend with family and friends. Also remember watching Halloween Town with my siblings. That was such an awesome movie!

But, since it is HALLOWEEN TODAY… what’s that mean for WRITERS?


What normal person writes 50,000 words in ONE month?

YES… WAY OVERRATED. I don’t like the word normal.

NaNoWriMo, Writing, Devin Berglund, Writer











I am going to write a book this November. I can’t tell you too much about it at the moment, because it’s my secret project! But I really can’t wait to share more with you about it!

Are you writing a book this month?

If so, Tweet me and we can have a writing sprint together! 

The Mason of Hearts Edit is Done! 

Event ImageI did it!!!!



Yep, I finished the edit for The Mason of Hearts! You got it, I am excited! Very!

Now, I can catch up with NaNoWriMo.

I am so excited about the story I am writing for NaNoWriMo. The world is so much more different than the one in The Mason of Hearts. But, if I must admit it – I miss writing The Mason of Hearts – one of my protagonists tried entering my NaNo Novel. I had to back up and tell him to go back to The Mason of Heart’s land. Tough – it must mean I am used to my characters from The Mason of Hearts and that I don’t want to stop writing about them. Well, I won’t because there will be two more where that came from, so he has plenty of time left. Continue reading “The Mason of Hearts Edit is Done! “

How to finish a book in a month – Ksenia Anske

Ksenia AnskeI’d like to introduce Ksenia Anske to my blog. So glad she could write a guest post for my blog. Be sure to check out her blog here. Check out her awesome interview over at my friend’s blog here. Hope you enjoy her great advise for writing a book in a month!


So, before you dive any deeper into this guest post, let me make a confession. I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo. All right? All right. Now, for those of you who are still reading this, I usually write my 1st drafts in 6 weeks, and my 1st drafts are usually about 120,000 words. Hey, lookee, I do qualify for this guest post after all, don’t I? Splendid. Let us continue. How DO you write a book in a month? It seems like an impossible task. The thing here is, don’t focus on the book as a whole, focus on one day at a time, and write every day. That’s all there is to it. What you really have to do is math. It’s simple. You know your writing speed, don’t you? For example, I write usually about 4 hours a day and I complete about 3,000 to 5,000 words in those 4 hours, which puts me at about 1,000 words an hour. Continue reading “How to finish a book in a month – Ksenia Anske”

NaNoPrep Blog Series Part 4 – Staying Healthy As a Writer


A red nose.

Chapped lips.

Sore Throat.

Coughing that hurts.

A warm cup of mint tea sits next to my computer.

That’s right… I am sick. I’m sure you know the feeling!

Whenever November comes around, I pray I won’t get sick – first off because being sick is never fun. Also, because it throws you off your schedule. Continue reading “NaNoPrep Blog Series Part 4 – Staying Healthy As a Writer”

NaNoPrep Blog Series Part 3 – More On Character

 Are You Ready For MORE Character NaNoPrep?

1.) Get Together With Other Writers

•Have everyone sit around and ask a question (take turns. Example: what do you hate?)
•After asking the question, everyone should spend 2-3 mins (Set the timer!) answering the questions from your character’s point of view. (Write it out in your notebook!)
•When the time is up, take turns reading what you wrote in your character’s voices.
•Let your character come to life!
Continue reading “NaNoPrep Blog Series Part 3 – More On Character”

NaNoPrep Blog Series Part 2 – Be Your Character


The woods always inspire me. In this November’s Nano novel, the woods will be of a huge importance to the characters in my novel. The picture to my right are the woods behind my house. Aren’t they beautiful? I love it!
So, TODAY for the NanoPrep I want to encourage you to think about your characters.
Be Your Character For A Day.
This doesn’t mean you have to be, be, be your character.

Some Ways You Can Be Your Character… Without Being Them

Continue reading “NaNoPrep Blog Series Part 2 – Be Your Character”

NanoPrep Blog Series Part 1 – Research


Oh… and if you are doing NanoWrimo, be sure to add me as a buddy. I will add you back. Here is my name: devinberglund

If you want to sign up for NanoWrimo, you can do it here! 🙂


It’s come to that time of the year again.

The time when writers from all around the world gather in word and spirit at their computers, mind maps, notebooks, maps, and story timelines.

That time is known as NanoPrep.

Today I’d like to speak about Researching. Research is very important. Especially when you are writing about things that are real.

Do You Know What You Want To Write?

*Raises hand and jumps up and down esthetically* I do!! Continue reading “NanoPrep Blog Series Part 1 – Research”

NaNo Survival Kit & My Writer’s Group Update

As you all know, I recently started a writer’s group with another lady in the FM area. It was lovely to gather with others who love to write! I want to share with you some things I learned about setting up the first meeting for a writer’s group. Keep reading though, because after I am sharing my NanoWrimo Survival Kit and a blog tour schedule for this week! I will update my webpage tomorrow with the full schedule for October 20th-31st!

Things to do for a great first writer’s group meeting:

1.) Meet up in a nice comfortable place
2.) Introduce yourselves, so you feel comfortable with everyone.
3.) Be sure to mention if you’ve been in a writing group before and share how your other ones were run and figure out what you and the others want from the group meetings.
4.) Just be open with everyone. Share your knowledge and they will share theirs.

Continue reading “NaNo Survival Kit & My Writer’s Group Update”