Last week Zowie and I had a mother-daughter day. We went for a walk, and she told me I have to join NaNoWriMo this year. I skipped last year. I wasn’t really planning to join this year. I told her I would, unless I end up working a second job. She is joining.
I think my sister, Sheila, might also join.
Zowie and I are planning some time writing at Aroma Joe’s. I’m not sure if Sheila will join us there or not, but we can all do word sprints together from anywhere. We don’t need to even be in the same town.
So now I need an idea for a story. I have no idea what I’m going to write, and I need to start the planning process.
Those of you who followed along in previous years know this means I have to write 50,000 words during the month of November. It can be a little stressful. But it’s also fun to create a work of fiction.
I have joined this challenge five times. And I’ve won each time.
2008: Tales from the Mountain (50,450 words) A book of short stories, which I have since split into separate ebooks, published, and am selling. These include:
2012: Tales from the Woods (50,068 words) A book of short stories, which I have since split into separate ebooks, published, and am selling. These Include:
2013: Saving Us: (50,110 words) I got sidetracked after I won the challenge and still need to finish the book. I wish there were more hours in my day.
2014: Willow Brook (50,076 words) I got sidetracked after I won the challenge and still need to finish the book.
2017: Changes (50,024 words) I got sidetracked after the challenge and still need to finish the book.
I do intend to finish the other three books, as they are each a part of a different series I have planned out. But I get excited over new projects and lose track of what I’m doing.
Of course, that means I am going to end up taking a break from writing the Stalker Series. I’m hoping to finish the current book before November, so I can pick right up with the last one or two books in the series right after I am done with NaNoWriMo. I’ll be finishing this series in 2020. Yay!
Why don’t I just write the next book in the series and use that for the challenge? Because each of these books is novella size, coming in at under 40,000 words. I need to start a book that will be more than 50,000 words, by the end of November.
And here I had planned my year to take November off from everything. Oh, well.
P.S. If you will also be joining NaNoWriMo, look me up on the site!