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NaNoWriMo I decided to charge ahead with NaNoWriMo in my last post, but I don’t think I’m going to hit the 50k this month.  And that’s okay!  There are two reasons I’m not going to “win” this year: Writing this novel is different than writing last year’s novel.  I’m going more slowly, but I hope it will require a lot less editing.  Last year’s novel saw almost a complete rewrite. Writing is… Read More

NaNoWriMo Thursday starts another go at NaNoWriMo!  National Novel Writing Month is a month-long project in which participants attempt to write 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30.  It is a big deal, and though I don’t have the current number, almost half a million people participated in 2015. When I started November last year, I was excited about the journey to write my first novel.  I “won” NaNoWriMo early on… Read More

What a beautiful start to December!  I live near a park, and this is the view of one of my favorite places on the path.  Go out and enjoy the weather if you’re able! One week since I won NaNoWriMo.  My current word count is 67,246, or around 7,000 words more than last week.  Wondering where the extra 10,000 or so words came from?  I started November with 9,953 words, and added… Read More

This post brought to you by the number 50, or 50k, which is the number of words I’ve written in November.   I crossed that mark just this morning, so I’m still basking in the glory of my win.  Bask with me, dear reader. I’m not yet done with my novel.  I’d say I’m approaching the end of Act II, with my character just now getting really, really aggravated at the bad guy. … Read More

Last week, I told you I reached 10,000 words for NaNoWriMo.  Today, I’m happy to report I’ve hit 21,762!  I am finally out of Act I, and my character is running away.  Flee! Flee for your lives!  I don’t think it is going to work out for her, sadly.  I still need Acts II and III. It has been a busy week, but I’ve remained ahead of the target word count and… Read More

I told you there would be graphs!  As we begin this beautiful Sunday, I have 10,000 words added to my story since November 1.  That means I’m 20% done with my NaNoWriMo goal! It has only been four days, but I’ve already learned quite a bit more about writing and my novel than I did on October 31. I’ve added 10,000 words to what I started with, which was just over 9,000… Read More

Tomorrow is the first of November, and Aragorn already loves my story! It is almost National Novel Writing Month. I’ll be joining writers across the world in trying to bang out 50,000 words in 30 days.  That’s 1667 words per day, if you do the math.  I did all the math, and will be updating it as I get ahead or fall behind on the total count. Tonight, the word count for… Read More

I’ve been reading how important the first page of a novel is, so I assume this first post is super critical to my entire career as a writer and possibly my life as a human.  That seems like a lot of pressure though, and if you’ve looked at my “about” page, you know I’m not yet qualified for such a hefty task.  Perhaps once I’ve learned more I can revise this page… Read More