Camp NaNoWriMo - 3rd Visit!

It's official. In about 90 minutes, I will slowly begin to lose my mind...and develop a third novel. For the month of July, I've decided to throw myself into a fabulous summer camp - Camp NaNoWriMo!...more


 That was my final word count when I sent my "novel" in to be verified today. So I made it past the 50,000 word count goal by the end of the month.  I learned a lot and now have a lot of editing and fixing to do. I realized I need to do a bit more research in some areas as well, and, of course, the book will end up being much longer than these 55,000 words....more

Still a long way to go

I haven't totally given up hope on NaNoWriMo, but I have a long uphill battle to fight to finish. I am just over 17,000 words, which gives me over 3,000 words to write a day to finish on time. I am not sure how that is going to happen, short of some sort of miracle.

Day 18: down in the mines, spinning

What a profound learning experience is this 30-straight days of writing 1,700 words a day! I am a little jealous of those people who are producing works of fiction from their neat (I imagine) little outlines. I, on the other hand, am hard at work in the mines of my own memory, my own experiences, spinning as fast as I can, straw into gold, Rumpelstiltskin impatiently keeping time.On the other hand, though: gold....more

Tired of Writing

 Phew! I've typed my fingers off today. Got up to over 24,000, so I'm pleased.  ...more

At The Half-Way Point

 Well today is the halfway point. I'm a little behind. As of tonight my word count is 21,439, behind by 3,561. But tomorrow will be a good opportunity to make a start on getting caught up. ...more

NaNoWriMo: harder than childbirth. seriously.

Wait, did I already say that on Friday mornings, at 4:30am, I am so tired I can barely see straight? It's true -- by the end of the week, my FYEE Wake-Up Time is totally kicking my ass, and I'm shuffling to the coffee maker, shuffling to my desk, waiting for the caffeine to help turn the lights on in my head.But I do it anyway....more

50,000 Words by Nov 25, when I didn't join until Nov 5th? Send help!!

Five days into November, I decided I would try the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), wherein 50,000 words (roughly 200 pages) would be written between November 1st and the end of November. That is roughly over 2,000 words per day. I have been writing ideas down for a book for awhile, now. So, I tried to convince myself that I wasn't coming up with all new stuff and that somehow this would be doable. Truth be told, I am pretty nervous and STRESSED. ...more

Who Was I Trying To Kid?


NaNoWriMo Update - Day 4

Yesterday, I Skyped with my daughter, Katrina, who is also an aspiring writer. (And she's such a good writer!) When she was a teenager, she and I used to do word sprints together. We would go to a cafe, order chai tea lattes, set a timer for 15 minutes and write as much as we could, trying to beat each other out for the highest word count. ...more