November 1 marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. I’ve been signed up for NaNoWriMo for the past 5 years, knew about it for even longer. Last year was the first year I really tried to participate and wish I hadn’t because I had unrealistic expectations of myself. Who was I kidding? There was no way I was going to be able to meet or exceed word count each day (or catch up) between packing up my apartment, cleaning the new house, moving into new house, unpacking, cleaning and finishing moving what remained from the old house, being sick and everything else during November. Hell, I didn’t even have access to my personal computers to write for almost two weeks – yet I thought I could do it so I could finish off The Wolf Siren. I was only a few thousand words into it, needed a lot more. I think I ended up with a little more than 15,000 added to it. I can’t remember.
Fast forward a year where I have been writing sporadically. My novel count looks like this:
Not too shabby, but I still have 52,000 words to go to complete this, edit it, then send it off to the publisher that has requested to see the finished version before I shop it out anywhere else.
While I know NaNoWriMo is for new ideas (and believe me I have a ton of them), I really want to get this novel finished first. If I have pauses in this one I may add to a new one in the same world/series, but I hope to really put this one to bed this month and then keep writing.
I see NaNoWriMo as a time to help me achieve my goals, even though I write all year long. It’s a nice go at solidarity and makes things go better.
Now, on to the questions I mentioned in the headline.
- How the hell was July the last time I posted here?
Well I know how…sort of. I just swore I had made posts here. I guess I had the intentions to and I forgot and I vow to get much better at posting here on a more regular basis than I have been. To start with that, I’ll be posting screenshots of writing progress, excerpts as well as some exercises.
- How the hell is it November already?
Time sure has passed fast this year and it seems like it’s continuing to fly by. My birthday, which was August 1, seemed like only a few days ago, the beginning of October seemed even sooner and yet we just held a Halloween party and released the Think Happy Club Halloween Color Along in this month.
We have a lot in store for the holidays with Think Happy Club. I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am.
My writing partner – Deathly Treats- is telling me I should get to work. Now that I’ve got this blog post done, I should probably get to working on supper so I can work on my novel. I still have stickers from last year to use for word count. YAY stars!