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Another One Bites the Dust – NaNoWriMo Update

After 17 days of taking the National Novel Writing Month challenge, I have a newfound respect for those who stick with it and successfully meet the goal of 50,000 words.  The first week was rather enjoyable for me with the story flowing easily and it was wonderful to be back writing after such a long absence.  The second week was a bit more trying with more time spent plotting than writing and it became harder to find time to meet my daily quota.  When I wasn’t able to write one day, I was fairly good at making up the words the next day as well as meeting the quota for that day which meant an extra long amount of writing.  But that too became harder to do.  As you can see in my log below, during the latest week, I haven’t written or even been able to make up for the day before.  While I was hoping to do better, I try not to be too hard on myself.  There’s a good reason that I haven’t attempted this writing challenge before and that reason is the holidays.  In years past, I’ve taken a break from writing in November and December to concentrate on all of the 1001 things I do to get ready for the holidays including entertaining, family visits, Christmas decorating, holiday activities, parties, cooking and with two small children to raise full time, I need every spare second I can muster.  This year appears to be no different. In American culture, the preparations for the holidays largely fall on the women and it can be quite the undertaking on top of the tasks of daily life.  It makes me wish National Writing Month was in the spring or summer when life is less demanding. While I will continue to work on my novel this month, I owe it to myself and my family not to become a crazed lunatic and so I won’t put a ton of pressure on myself.  Life is all about priorities and while the writer in me is balking at the idea of being put on the back burner, being a writer is not the only role I play and I need to fulfill my other responsibilities as well.  So all you writers out there, especially writer moms, be kind to yourself during this, the busiest time of the year!
Log-  Day #1: 1670 words + 743= 2413, Day #2:  1947, Day #3:  1705, Day #4:  1768, Day #5:  1673, Day #6:  0, Day #7: (make up day: 1697) and 1841, Day #8: 0, Day #9:  (make up day: 1690) and 776, Day #10:  (make-up day:  894) and 1160, Day #11:  (needed to make up day: 510) and 270, Day #12:  761, Day #13:  1763, Day #14:  0, Day #15:  0, Day #16: 0, Day #17: 0


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It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

Every writer is different and each one has a unique process that works for them.  This post is about my process.  I’ve completed three novels over the past six years and with each one, I naturally fell into a routine that worked well for me.  I usually start working on a novel at the beginning of the year in January and I have the bulk of it completed by late August.  From September to November, I edit and polish it.  By Thanksgiving, the manuscript is in the hands of my close circle of friends/family who give me their impressions.  From Thanksgiving until New Year’s, I take a much needed break from writing/editing and devote my time to preparing for the holidays, holiday shopping, my kids’ birthdays and all of the 1001 things I tend to put off during the year while I’m immersed in writing.

But this year was different:  I spent the first half of the year preparing my novel, Luminous for publication and editing it over and over, countless times.  I was also working with my graphic designer on the cover, going through the self-publishing process for the first time, establishing an online presence in the form of my website and social media sites, promoting the book at a local convention and a myriad of other tasks to establish my marketing platform.  My head is still spinning!  Since the Luminous ebook was released in mid-August, I’ve been feverishly researching promotion avenues as well as preparing the paperback for release.  Still, the best thing an author can do to promote their first novel is to write another one and publish the polished, edited, shining example of your work as quickly as possible.  With that in mind, I’m feeling pretty comfortable since I have the sequel, Prism, completed and waiting for the final polish for ebook publication.  The book that has me a little nervous is the third novel in the series because I refuse to publish the sequel until I have a decent, completed draft of the third book waiting in the wings.

With that said, National Novel Writing Month is November.  How fortuitous!  By accepting the challenge of NaNoWriMo to write 50,000 words in 30 days, I’ll be giving myself the best Christmas gift this year–peace of mind knowing that my third novel in the Psyne series is completed and that I can proceed with publishing the sequel on schedule for release in May 2014.  Since I’ve been spoiled with writing my novels over a 10 month period of time in the past, this will be quite the challenge for me but I thrive under structure and I’m hoping this is just the boost I need to focus so I can complete my third novel.  It’s time to leave my past behind.  I’m not merely a writer aspiring to publish anymore.  Now I’m a published author with fans to think of and I need to supply them with what I know best–my Psyne!  I’ll keep you posted on my progress come November and I wish all the best to my fellow WriMos!  May the Muse be with you!