NaNoWriMo – A Tale of 50,000 Words in Thirty Days – Yippee

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Thanks for checking back to see how I’m doing on my 50,000 words.  So far so good, I’m pleased to say, thirteen days into it and I’m  at  approximately,  20,351 words. Thank you very much!

Along with millions of writers around the world, (okay maybe not millions, but close)  I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month. A challenge  to write fifty-thousand words in thirty days. For weeks, our minds have worked out the logistics of the story, our fingers are twitching to tap that keyboard and kick off the race to our latest novel. The National Novel Writing Month challenge is a great confidence builder and something we writers look forward to November 1st every year.

NaNoWriMo as it’s fondly referred to has become somewhat of a tradition for me starting in 2010. I’ve made my goal of at least 50,000 words every year since with the exception of 2013. That year I failed miserably at only 17000 words. My day job was a monster, the hours were long and by the time I arrived home, I was the monster. Anyone know what I mean? But I digress, at 17,000 I still had a working story, plot and characters. Yeah! Finished it up in the months that followed, polished the manuscript and submitted it.  Since that time, I left the monster of a day job and writing is now my full-time job, and I love it.

Four novels that NaNoWriMo helped me to create have been published by The Wild Rose Press. Last year’s NaNo project, A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance is available for pre-order at Amazon, itunes, and Barnes& Noble  with a release date of November 29, 2017. Yippee! Just in time for Holiday shopping!

Don’t miss the The Wild Rose Press Christmas FaceBook Party on December 1st, lot’s of games, prizes, free books from a plethora of talented authors, from The Wild Rose Press.

Then, my FaceBook release party for A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance on December 8th. There will be several talented author’s helping me celebrate on the 8th with more games, prizes, and giveways. This year for NaNoWriMo I’ll be working on the fifth book in my Demon’s Witch series.

Along with the Pikes Peak Writers group, who gave me the tools, NaNoWriMo gave me the confidence needed to stick my toe in the murky waters of the publishing industry. The 50,000 words, approximately 1,667 per day, usually is three-quarters of a pretty darn good novel. Each year I build on what I’ve learned throughout the year and use it to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge. The camaraderie among participants is phenomenal making the challenge a fun way to kick off the holidays!

Keep checking back for updates on my progress this year.  Will I make the 50,000 words? Only time will tell, but you can bet I’ll do my best! I know you’ll be cheering me on!

Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving! Eat lots of turkey and enjoy family and friends.  After all that’s what its all about!


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