Nov. 1 2018 NANOWRIMO

On November 1st, I started my NANOWRIMO novel! It’s a big deal, all around the world, as people commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in just one month. Do they all succeed? NO, but just putting yourself out there to try is something to be proud of. Do I think I’ll finish my novel? I’m not sure, but I’m working hard to do it. If I don’t get there, at least I know I’ve got a good solid foundation to work with to complete the draft by the end of the year… but, I think it will be done in November. Cross your fingers for me. 

Today is Thursday, November 22nd and here is my NANOWRIMO 2018 Update:

Let me introduce, my 2018 NANOWRIMO Novel: The Doctor (It’s a working title and WILL BE CHANGED!)

Synopsis: Austin discovered at the young age of ten that fairies aren’t exactly what Disney made them out to be and that blood tastes a lot like honey. Now, as an adult, he struggles to balance his public life with the one he’s so desperate to keep hidden. With the discovery of a body he thought was long forgotten, will he be able to keep his secret or will his world come undone?

I love how NANOWRIMO allows you to easily track your word count goals. Here is my chart as of Tuesday, November 20th:

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Yeah, I was a little behind. On the 20th, I should have had 33,340 words to be on track but my word count was only 31,619. 😦 Have no fear, I still think I can make the goal of 50,000 by November 30th. I’m just hoping the NANOWRIMO word counter works the same as my Microsoft Word program. I’ve heard the count can be off… not in a good way. 

Check out all the fun badges I’ve received so far:

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I can’t wait to get my 40,000 word badge… knowing that there are only 10,000 words left to write will make those last few days go a lot faster. I think! 

OK, I’ve been writing, have you? Comment below and share your title and synopsis, or just tell me your word count and if you’re on track. It takes a comunity, and a great support group, to get through an intense month of writing. I hope you have a support system cheering you on like I do!

Are you ready for NaNoWriMo 2018?


Have you always wanted to write a novel, but you’re just not sure where to begin or you don’t have the motivation to get started? Well, NaNoWriMo just might be the kickstart you need. 

Once a year – throughout the month of November – ALL OVER THE WORLD, people are pounding the keys and putting their heart and soul into writing the first draft of their novel. It doesn’t matter if its your first novel or your 50th novel, everyone is welcome at NaNoWriMo. So, why not join in on the fun… or stress… What have you got to lose? 

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, laid back, approach to creative writing. The fun starts on November 1st and ends on November 30th. Participants spend the month working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel which must be completed (and submitted) by 11:59 PM on November 30.

How do I start? 

Go to the official website for NaNoWriMo and sign up. I did it, are you going to? You’ll need to create an account if you don’t already have one. Don’t worry, its painless.

The Step by Step, according to NaNoWriMo:

  1. Create your profile
  2. Give your novel a name – don’t worry, you can change it later
  3. Select your region
  4. Earn badges for participating and reaching milestones
  5. Use NaNoWriMo’s resources to help get inspired
  6. Start writing – ON NOVEMBER fist. You’ll want to update your word count daily.
  7. Claim your WIN (Find out more about how to WIN here)

NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization, which means they survive on the generosity of the who care enough to donate. What to make a donation? You can do it HERE!

The NaNoWriMo mission statement: 

National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.

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Now that you know how easy it is to get started, what are you going to write about? Comment below and let me know when you’ve registered. I’d love to know your progress, so come back throughout the month and update me here.

NaNoWriMo 2016


Have you joined the craze? Jumped on the bandwagon? Taken the plunge and started writing your novel?

Welcome to NaNoWriMo 2016. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! On November 1st, all us crazy authors, want-to-be writers, and those just excited about getting a story out will set off on a 30-day journey to write a 50,000-word novel.

50,000 WORDS!!!!

If that sounds scary to you, trust me it’s scary to all of us. Besides the fact that it feels virtually impossible every time you sit at the computer and stare at a blank screen.

If you give yourself the full 30 days of November to write your novel, you are looking at needing to produce 1,667 words per day! That might not seem so bad, at first. Then you sit down to type and your ideas start to pour out of you. The first day you make an easy 2500, by the end of day two you’re at 4600 and feeling pretty good. By day ten you’ve slowed down, can’t find the time to write, or don’t know where your story is going. Maybe you’ve got 21,000 words at day fifteen and struggling to keep your excitement going.

Well, don’t worry – it happens to all of us.

It is day five and my story has just taken a strange and unexpected turn…

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I scream at the characters in my head.

But, I’ll take a deep breath, step away from the computer for a break and come back to them with an open mind. I figure they know their story better than I do.

All this just to say good luck. Have fun with NaNoWriMo 2016, and I’d love to hear your experience. Comment below and tell me the title of your novel, if this is your first, second, or fifteenth time participating, and anything else you want to share.


Want to learn more about NaNoWriMo? Check out the official website HERE!