I’m doing NaNoWriMo…kind of…

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2013-Participant-Facebook-ProfileSo, at the last minute last week, I jumped on the NaNoWriMo wagon…kind of. The manuscript for my second book, While You Were Gone, is due to my editor soon. I’ve already written a huge chunk of it, but still have a long way to go before I can call it done.

So I’m going to use the challenge, camaraderie and accountability of NaNoWriMo to kick the project into high gear. Don’t worry: I’m not counting what I’ve already written in my word count, because that would be uncool.

My goal is to finish before the end of November. Here’s hoping.

I haven’t added any writing buddies to my profile, though I know a bunch of authors participating this year. If you want to add me as a writing buddy, my NaNo name is RedPenOnFire. (Goofy, I know. Don’t judge me. I created the account during a moment of weakness, when anonymity felt less threatening.)

I’m going to blog about the issues I run into as I go, so if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, too, you might find some advice or commiserating in this month’s posts.

To all those doing NaNo, I commend you and I am cheering you on! Now go write!



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Ah, November. I’ve been waiting for this month to arrive. October got all swallowed up with kids home from school and guests from out-of-town. Now it’s November, and I’m ready to get back to work.

This is NaNoWriMo month, and untold numbers of writers will be undertaking the task of completing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. It’s an ambitious goal, and I love hearing the success stories that come out of it. (Water for Elephants, for example.)

This month, I’m doing my own take on NaNoWriMo. I have a completed manuscript that is in need of heavy renovations. Each day I’m going to working on rewriting the monster in hopes that at month’s end it will be ready to see the light of day. It’s not quite the same as writing 50,000 new words. Rather a mix of old and new writing. A quasi-nano.

To all NaNoWriMo participants out there, I applaud you. You are taking steps toward seeing your writing dreams come true, and that is awesome. I wish you courage and an abundance of words each time you sit to write. Lord knows, finishing a novel takes both.

Happy writing!