I Won NaNoWriMo!!

I DID IT!

Yep, that’s another November come and gone! 50,000 words later (50,017 to be exact), I am sitting at my desk with a giddy look on my face. The last time I won NaNoWriMo was 2012 when I was taking a couple of courses in university and still had a lot of free time. I honestly didn’t think that it would ever happen again!

The solution this year was having a solid idea as a foundation and intricately plotting out each point. I really fell in love with my characters and for the first time I created individuals who I truly could imagine and care about. The next step with this novel will be to actually edit this jumble of words (I’m terrified of what has spilled out of my brain…) but that’s a problem for later. I really hope to edit this story, and one day if I ever get the nerves – perhaps try and publish it (shh!).

As for what else has been going on this past November – I started getting up at *deep breath* 3 am for most of the past month, as the morning was the only time I really had the time and energy to write. So I’m excited to finally get a good nights’ sleep again. And honestly, getting back to other hobbies will be fun as well! I’ve really wanted to do some baking, so I think I will celebrate with a big batch of Christmas cookies this afternoon!!

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It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

This year I’m happy to announce that I will be participating in NaNoWriMo again! If you don’t hang around certain corners of the internet, you might be wondering what in the world kind of contest is THAT? Wrestling, nanobots, an attempt to cut out some bad habits?! Prior to participating, those are all actual things I assumed people were excited about participating in…

NaNoWriMo, in fact, stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an event that occurs November on the internet, where writers of all levels attempt to type, handwrite, and/or spend thirty full days writing a 50,000 word novel.

What a novel or writing means to a NaNoWriMo participant is completely subjective. Some people write one story from cover to cover, some write short stories, and some just beat the keyboard for 30 days, or approximately 1,667 words each day for a whole month. Anyone can participate, whether you share is up to you, and best of all there are absolutely no rules.

I first participated NaNoWriMo in 2010 and won that year (and three times since). Okay, won is another slightly confusing NaNoWriMo term. All it takes to WIN NaNoWriMo is to finish 50,000 words in whatever way you can. Technically you could write “the” 50,000 times and still win, but then you’d have to live with yourself. Some write to get published, some write for themselves, some just WRITE!

Then life got in the way and my writing inspiration took a nose-dive over the past couple of years. But during 2019, fairy tales took over my life and like that kind of magic, my writing inspiration returned! I’ve decided that I’ll be writing a twisted fairy tale type story come November – called “Chronicles Upon a Time“. For once, I even have the whole thing plotted and I’m itching to go!

There will be fun, there will be sweat and tears (lots of), and many long long nights trying to squeeze out every single word I can.

If you’re writing as well, come and be my buddy!

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