Middle of the Journey

November is just over halfway through and with it NaNoWriMo begins to wind down. With under ten days until the end of the challenge, I wonder where many writers are finding themselves. As for myself, at over the halfway point, I am still very much at the beginning of my story. I started out the... Continue Reading →

Eve of NaNoWriMo 2022

Just as humans young and more mature are getting ready to create some mischief in search of some candy tonight, writers are preparing to create some words in search of a story tomorrow. Hopefully, candy and mischief will be involved in their pursuit too. National Novel Writing Month kicks off tomorrow, November 1st, and it’s... Continue Reading →

2021/2022 Goals Reflection

My goals from July of 2021 through this June changed in so many ways. Looking back on what I thought would happen and what I’d hoped to accomplish and comparing it to what actually happened and what I was able to accomplish is really difficult. Few things match up and none of it truly encompasses... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Reflections

Writing this manuscript for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2021 was one of the most challenging writing tasks I've undertaken yet. It was the most amount of writing I've done in the shortest amount of time and I'm still reeling from everything that was dredged up from it. Like the setting of my book, stirring... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 5

Day 29: 0 words. I knew when I sat down with my computer and the words didn't come, that I wasn't going to finish the 10,000 I needed to complete this manuscript by the 30th. That's ok though. I don't want to force words when they don't want to be written as much as I... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 4

Day 22: 0 words. Another day of just not feeling well. Not the way to dive into the chapter that needs to be written. Day 23: 2,036 words. It’s written. This chapter is the one that will need the most work of anything I’ve written so far for this draft, and that’s ok. It’s done... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 3

Day 15: 4,046 words. I pushed through to catch up to where I want to be and crossed the 30,000 word point, which means I am officially halfway through my word count goal for this manuscript. I did take some time to write out notes for these chapters, but then veered from the plan pretty... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 2

Day 8: 2,218 words. The story is just at the end of act 1 and about to ratchet into act 2. The point of no return hasn't happened yet, but the incident that feeds the point of no return has. It's happening, like things always do, differently than I expected, but so much better. I... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 1

Day 1: 2,040 words. I have to say, I'm already surprised with how much is buried in this story. It's a simple chapter to begin with, but it is a rich soil that this story is being built on. I'm hoping to have some time today to go through and take notes about everything in... Continue Reading →

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