Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month? It’s a program for writers that has been around for, I think, 13 years or so. Writers accept the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Seems easy, right? That couldn’t be further from the truth! It’s 1,667 words per day, and sometimes that can be hard to do. NaNoWriMo takes place every November, and with Thanksgiving in the mix those 1,667 words can be tough. Plus, there is work, family, etc., and if you miss a day the words can pile up quickly.
The first year I participated was in 2012. I promised myself a hot bath with a book if I reached 25k, and a pair of awesome black leather boots if I reached 50k. I only made it to 30k that year, but I ended up with those boots anyway. I sold my first book, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, at the end of November and Mr. Alexander came home that night with a bottle of wine and some amazing boots to celebrate!
This year I committed to 50k again, though I went in knowing I wouldn’t meet my goal. I had foot surgery on November 19 and in the days leading up to the surgery I was prepping my house and day job for my future inactivity. After the surgery, well. Let’s just say I wasn’t up to writing for a few days. Still, I managed 13,873 words on a new book. I consider that not too shabby!
Now that November and NaNoWriMo is officially over and me and my cast are sitting at home, I’m keeping that writing momentum going into December and hoping for lots of words. Wish me luck!
P.S. If you want to see the lovely gentlemen who visit me and my cast, stop by my Facebook page! So far Jamie Fraser and Ryan Gosling have come to call. Any suggestions on who should be up next?