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NaNoWriMo Wrap Up – I wrote a book!

NaNoWriMo Wrap Up – I wrote a book!

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I cannot even begin to tell you how proud I am of the crazy, terrible book I finished last night.  For me, the challenge of completing a book in a month had nothing to do with getting published.  I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true.  I just wanted to know that I could do it.  That I could create good characters and have multiple storylines that were interesting and worked together. I needed to know that I could pace the story so that I didn’t run out of material at 30,000 words.  I wanted to know I that I could do it. I did and I admit that I am feeling quite accomplished 🙂

Now, this book is 50% hot mess, 25% boring, and 25% pretty darn good.  I was bored with my own book for the first 10,000 words which is probably why I fell so far behind.  And then I got serious and put in some time and moved forward, BUT it wasn’t until the halfway point that things got fun for me.  In the last three days of November I wrote just over 20,000 words.  I averaged about 1,000 words an hour (that’s with 10-15 minute getting up and moving break) so I spent almost 7 hours a day writing in those last three days.  I finished last night around 10:30. Nothing gets me working like a deadline.

You all voted on the heroine and hero name.  Laurel won and she was a young woman who spent years avoiding home only to find herself back with her anger and mistakes staring her in the face.  You all voted for Grant for the hero and I tried.  I promise I tried, but my guy was not a Grant.  My guy was a Mitch (your second place choice) and he was awesome.  He had a son with autism which his not something that I knew when I started.  I also thought that Laurel’s ex was going to be a total jerk, but he redeemed himself and that was nice. Laurel was supposed to have a best friend but when she ran into trouble she called her aunt instead and I fell in love with Aunt Joy and I had no idea she’d be in the story at all.  So, as you can see, I flew by the seat of my pants and by the end was having a blast.

Someone on Facebook told me it took a strong mind to do what I did, but I think it takes a stubborn mind.  That and a dash of fear of failure because I had already failed October’s challenge and I wasn’t going to fail two in a row!  So, if anyone has ever called you stubborn and you’ve ever had imaginary conversations in your head then you could do this too!  Next November NaNoWriMo will be back and I want some of you to sign up!  Who knows, maybe I’ll even try it again 🙂



NaNoWriMo – Friends, I am in the weeds

NaNoWriMo – Friends, I am in the weeds

I have a confession to make. I am a procrastinator.  Go ahead, ask anyone who has ever lived with me.  Need something done in a month?  Check in with me the day before and watch my head exploding.  So, it comes as no surprise to those that know and love me that perhaps this writing a book in 30 days thing was going to come down to the last few days.  I should be writing my novel right now, but I’m here whining instead.

Come midnight I will have THREE days left to finish my 50,000 word novel, Coming Home.  Should I admit now that I just crossed the halfway point today?  My word count is 27,663.  Over the next three days I need to average 7,446 words a day.  I must forget that my best day so far has been 5,128 and that was today.  I’m a little concerned, I admit it, but I will push through especially since I failed last month’s challenge.  I can do this!  Right?

I will tell you that Laurel and Mitch are currently not speaking to each other but I am so excited about where this story is going.  Today is the day I fell in love with my book and I can’t wait to get started tomorrow.

Tomorrow I agreed to help put up Christmas decorations at Gage’s school for three hours.  That will leave me almost four hours to write before I bring Gage home (he has music class after school).  Tuesday and Wednesday will be all day writing days.

When I do the wrap up in a few days I will list all of the things that I found to do when I should have been writing. I don’t want to spoil anything but a big one rhymes with zaps.


So, how’s that book coming?

So, how’s that book coming?

I’m sure that this has been on your mind in the last few weeks (election, what election?).  I admit that last week I had no desire to write.  None.  Then I started to get sick on Friday and since then have spent the better part of every day in bed either sleeping or watching Hallmark channel Christmas movies.  I actually think they have been a great antidote to the happenings in the real world.  What’s not to love about cute leads fighting and then falling in love?  Most even have cute kids or dogs too.  They’ve provided ample fodder for my own romance.  Now all I need to do is write.  I ventured outside today in this balmy 60 degree weather to take a look at my dismal word count.


I’ve got my NaNoWriMo coffee mug for inspiration and my old trusty Acer.  This laptop is old and sometimes a bit cranky but I’m working with what I got.  I’ve tentatively titled my book Coming Home and I’ve written just over 10,000 words.  According to the NaNoWriMo site if I keep at this pace I’ll finish on January 14, 2017, lol.  So, it looks like I’ve got some work to do if I want to finish by the end of the month.  I take heart in the conversation  I had with author Jennifer Ryan last week. She told me that if she stays in one place all day, no change of clothes, minimal eating, she can knock out 20,000 words in a day. A DAY!  All I need is one or two of those and I’m golden.

As for the names. Laurel won the vote and is fitting in nicely but you all voted Grant for my guy and try as I might he just didn’t want to be there.  Mitch, the second place vote jumped in and saved the day. I think Laurel and Mitch will be very happy together.  Eventually.

NaNoWriMo – Vote for Heroine Name

NaNoWriMo – Vote for Heroine Name

Okay, I’m two days and 3,502 words into my novel and it’s time for you all to choose the name for my heroine.  I asked you here, our challenge Facebook page and my personal Facebook page for name suggestions.  Lots of great names and I’m going to have you vote on my favorite three.  You can only choose ONE.

If you’re new to the blog and have a problem leaving a comment you can also leave your vote on our 30 day challenges Facebook page.

A reminder- My girl is almost 30 and from the Midwest.




It was so hard to choose only three and the ones that were just thisclose I can already envision using later. Maybe my next novel 🙂  Thank you for all the great choices – now vote!


NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

Go big or go home!  After last month’s poor attempt at a 30 day challenge I am ready to take on something big.  But I need your help and support.  I signed up for NaNoWriMo  (National Novel Writing Month) so I will be writing EVERY DAY in November.  To ‘win’ I have to complete a 50,000 word novel(la?) by November 30th.  I’m not setting a daily word count because there might be days (Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday) that sparing time for a few hundred words might be all I have.  I’ll have to average between 1600-1700 words a day to finish.

What have I done to prepare, you ask? I had an idea. I listed about 10-15 things I envisioned happening. I juiced up an ancient laptop that I hope will see me through.  I attended a kick-off event at a local library that I found encouraging.  I think that’s pretty much it.

It’s a romance (I think) about a 30 ish  woman who goes home to the Midwest after 5-10 years away. She’s smart, a teacher, and leaving a not so great relationship.

I am asking for your help, PLEASE!  To keep me motivated I’m hoping that you will help me along the way.  I gave you the bare bones about my story and lead character and I want you to help me name her.  I will fess up here and admit that I always have a problem naming the heroine, so you will really be helping me out.  Please comment with a first name. A first and last name would be great but the first is most important at this point.

Tomorrow I’ll choose my favorite three (please let there be three!) and you can vote.   I’m hoping you can help me along the way to get me to the end!  Hey, if you name her and this sells a million copies I’ll be sure to give you credit 🙂

I wrote a romance a long, long time ago and it’s still in the drawer where I hid it all those years ago.  Maybe with this one, and your help, I’ll have one that I want to make public.