Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

With three days to spare, I completed the first draft of my novel “Come and Take It” with 50,901 words (although the official count on the NaNoWriMo site says 50,983).  I have officially “won” my first NaNoWriMo challenge. I have learned: That I’m really more of a pantser than I would ever have thought – I just wrote and wrote and wrote and figured out the characters and the plot as I went along It’s OK to tell your husband you are writing a romance novel.  He may laugh a bit, but eventually his support will shine through. it’s OK to write a few words one day and a slew the next.  The key is to write consistently every day. 50,000 words isn’t all that many when you get to the end – even if it seems like an unobtainable goal in the beginning   I’m so happy I have […]

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 16 progress

I seem to have lost a couple of days of posting.  With my husband out of town, I’ve been a single parent for the past few days.  A very BUSY single parent.  I’ve kept up with my writing, but not with posting my progress. Today I want to talk about how fun this experience has been so far.  Even though I’m hitting the sagging middle, I’ve kept at it, making my daily writing goal more days than not.  I’m over halfway through my book, and on track to finish it by November 30. For the longest time I’ve only dreamed of writing a novel.  Now I’m doing it.  Taking action on this has been one of the most liberating experiences of my life.  I’m able to identify my strengths and weaknesses in my writing, so I can take the appropriate action before the next one I write.  Just knowing that […]

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How to Avoid Freelance Scams

As I’ve been plugging along with my NaNoWriMo novel, I’ve started remembering how much I love to write. Decades ago (last century in fact!) I was a journalism major at Brigham Young University. I had been the co-editor of my high school newspaper, and had placed fifth in Southern California for an essay contest. I imagined myself writing for the rest of my life. Well, things changed, and I ended up going down a different path into the computer realm. But now I’m starting to get back into my writing, both fiction and non-fiction, and looking at whether I could learn to make a living writing from home. Like me, there are many people who dream of making a living from home by writing. Some need the flexibility and just want to get out of the 9 to 5 grind. Others have health or other challenges that prevent them from […]

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Day 4 – NaNoWriMo 2015 progress

I made a good decision today.  My original goal of 2,500 words per day was a bit high.  That would have left me with a 75,000 word novel at the end of the 30 days.  A good achievement, but given the craziness of my life, I was pushing myself a bit too hard. So today I revised my goal to 2,000 words a day.  Still over the 1,667 needed to make 50,000 words by the end of the month.  But more achievable given the long hours I’m working. My current count stands at 8,263 words.  I still feel like this novel is a train wreck, but my “positive voice” is telling me that I’m just discovery writing.  I’ll probably throw a lot of this away during editing, but I’m getting it on paper.  That’s my goal for this month – just get the words out and onto the page, no […]

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Day 3 – NaNoWriMo 2015

As midnight closes in on November 3, I look at my word count and realize that I’m a bit short for today.  The goal was 7,500 total words, but I’m sitting a few hundred shy at 6,856 total.  But, considering I’ve been working (at work stuff) nonstop since 8am, I’m OK with teh progress I’ve made. Plus, I decided to skip ahead an write the scenes that have been rattling around in my brain forever.  Today was the “bike crash” scene, where the hero breaks both his arms, forcing the heroine to take care of him.  I’ve been dreaming of this scene for months.  Still not sure this is the right story for it, but it’s good practice to get it down on paper. Tomorrow I will work to make up the word count and get to 10,000 words.  Wish me luck!

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 2 Progress

Today was my first day back at work after my two week trip to London.  So not only did I have to put in a full day of work, but I was also working in the evening covering an acquisition “go live” meeting for our new Malaysia office.  Burning the candle at both ends today. But in between the meetings and the work, I did manage another couple of thousand words.  Now that it’s 10 minutes to mid-night, I went ahead an updated my word count.  I’m officially 10% of the way done with my novel.  Woo hoo! Ten percent may not seem like much, but if you have ever gone to lose weight, they say the first goal you should set for yourself is a 10% weight loss.  Once you achieve that, you can set a new goal.  So – now that I’m 10% of the way into my […]

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Day 1 of NaNoWriMo 2015 – over 3,000 words

Today is November 1, 2015 – day one of NaNoWriMo 2015.  In between working on our toy review website, and dealing with three children who are still excited to have me home, I wrote.  I actually took the blank document by the horns and started filling it with words. Today I wrote over 3,000 words towards my 50,000 word goal.  I realize I won’t be able to do this much every day, but when I have the time, I don’t mind getting a bit ahead.  I need to write about 1,667 words every day to make my 50,000 word goal by the end of November. I have to admit – this wasn’t easy today.  I had a ton of scenes in my head, but getting the words out to describe them was difficult.  I’m hoping that practice makes perfect. One day down – 29 more to go!

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The Last Day Before NaNoWriMo 2015

Oh my – time has flown.  Now there is only today, then tomorrow I plunge into the malestrom of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days – #NaNoWriMo2015. I’m feeling OK about my prep – not great, but I’ve spent a lot of time on trains and buses lately going over scenes in my head, trying to figure out the conflicts and motivations of my main characters and a few side character, and even crying over a few of the more emotional scenes I’ve thought up.  Of course, that may have just been fatigue – whoever said business trips were fun has never been on one I think! One thing I’ve discovered – I think I’m actually more of a pantser than a ploter, and that really surprises me!  At work, or whenever I have to write something non-fiction, I outline extensively.  Then I just fill in the blanks […]

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Taking the NaNoWriMo Plunge in 2015!

Well – it’s official.  I have signed up for the November, 2015 National Novel Writing Month event, aka NaNoWriMo.  During the month of November, I have committed to writing a 50,000 word novel.  Never mind that I haven’t even written a short story, play, or anything longer than an essay since college – I will be writing a novel.  Me – really!  Wish me luck!  

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