Category Archives: Nanowrimo


September is going to be my PeNoWriMo.  My personal novel writing month.  I’ve got a new project in mind.  I have an outline written out, I’ve done quite a bit of world building… arguably too much world building, but that’s neither here nor there.

I’m ready to go.  I’m looking at doing 70,000 words, so 2,334 words a day.

I’m excited!  I’m rearing to go!  I need to check back over all my work to make sure I’m not forgetting anything!

Wish me luck, folks.

Playing Catch-up on NanoWrimo

So, I’m already behind for NaNoWriMo.  It’s not a surprise.  I didn’t have a project that I was itching to dig into when the whole thing started, and now I’m setting aside some of the things that I’d actually prefer to be working on in order to keep pushing on the Nano project.  it isn’t something I’d normally do, but for me Nanowrimo is about discipline, and so I’m focusing on keeping committed to this one project.  Even though I don’t know where it’s going or how it’s going to get there.

Anyway, I’m already behind on it.  A few days behind.  Which isn’t terrible, but it is a little bit frustrating.  Mostly because I don’t have a good excuse.  I’ve got plenty of time right now.  I should be tearing through any project, even one I’m not overly excited about, but I’m allowing myself to get distracted.  I’m allowing myself to concentrate on silly things.

Just before this all started a friend asked me if I was doing nano this year.  I told her I was.  She said she wasn’t sure if she was going to do it.  She didn’t have anything she was excited to work on.  I told her, give it a shot anyway.  Really, what’s the worst that can happen?  Say you pick a project, write a chapter, then find yourself completely stuck.  So what?  You’ve got a chapter you didn’t have before.  I mean, you could allow it to get you down, allow yourself to get frustrated and resentful and angry, but when is that not a possibility?

Move forward, press on, take another step on your journey.  even if you fall on your face, hey, you’re a step closer than you were yesterday, and you had to take that step at some point, didn’t you?


It is upon us!  National Novel Writing Month has come again.  Am I participating?  Yes!  Am I going to make the fifty thousand words?  Probably not!  I’ve done it before, more than once, but I’ve also failed more than once, too.  It’s just a question of my focus, and, if I’m honest about it, my focus right now isn’t very good.  I’m in a slump, I think I mentioned that in a recent post.  That certainly isn’t going to help.  I also have a lot going on in writing projects that don’t count towards nanowrimo.

I’ve got a cookbook I’m working on.  It’s a humorous little creation that needs to be tweaked a bit, then edited, then handed off to someone who knows a bit more than I do about cooking, then tweaked again… eventually, though, it’s going to be quite hilarious.  I hope.  I’ve also got book three of the ghoul series that I’m working on, and, I hope, I’ll be able to start promoting book 2 and the print version of book 1.  Soon.  I hope.  God, I really need them to put that stupid book in print.

Anyway, the point is, it’s going to be a rough year for nanowrimo.  But that’s actually a good thing.  The purpose of nanowrimo is to get writers to push themselves, and one way or another I will definitely be pushing.  I just have to pick a project.  I’m thinking about doing a YA story that I’m planning to release under a different name.  My actual name, in fact.

Part of the reason that I have this nom de plume is because I write in several different styles, and it feels like a bad idea to write my adult oriented works and my YA stuff under the same name.

Well, for those of you out there who enjoy writing, Nanowrimo is an exciting experience and I suggest you look into it.  It’s more than just a goal of fifty thousand words in a month, it’s an opportunity to bond with other writers, and participate in a group tradition in a field that is, traditionally, an individual activity.