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It’s that time of year again!


This is my first year participating and I’m dedicating the month to my second novel (My first, A Ransom of Flames, is going through the copy edit phase). Those of you who subscribe to the newsletter know that my next book has dragons in it because, you know, dragons are awesome.

Working Title: Midnight Ashes

Working Title: Midnight Ashes

After three days I can say, unequivocally, I’m behind schedule. The math on this says that one must write at least 1,672 words per day to reach the 50,000 word goal. Accordingly, I should have 5,016 words by now. How many do I actually have?


Yeah, 3,201. Granted, today’s work is an uptick in numbers from the dismal word counts of day 1 and 2. Is there a grid that takes into account a full time job and three kids under five that require food, baths, clean clothing and the occasional show of affection from their mother?

Complaints aside, it’s still an exciting challenge. I’m also following NaNoWriMo on Twitter. If you’re on Twitter and participating, think about following it. Their community offers great support and fun “word sprints” during the day to keep momentum going. I’ll be posting on NaNoWriMo throughout the month, putting up an encouraging word along with tips & tricks to keep the words flowing and the enthusiasm fueled (an important component to success).

Speaking of momentum, I better quit blogging and get back to it. What have I learned from NaNoWriMo so far? Well, sometimes you can enjoy the artistry of the written word, other times you just have to put your nose to the grindstone and hustle. This is one of those times, because while it may be about the journey, I still want to win this thing, dammit!

Anyone else out there participating in the November challenge this year? How has your progress been so far? Any tips for first-timers like me?