The End of this Year’s NaNoWriMo

1 Dec

I devoted the entire day yesterday to working on my NaNoWriMo novel. Yes, it was well past the goal of 50,000 words—it came out to about 101,000 words—but I wanted to have a complete first draft, devoid of summarized sections. I reached that goal on the final day of the month. I slept in, but after I finally got out of bed I went straight to my computer. I spent most of the day writing, from about ten in the morning to past midnight. A lot of it was simply a matter of changing the tense, since the present-day scenes are in present tense.

A week ago, during a NaNoWriMo write-in, I completed the first draft of a fantasy novel, the second volume in the Rowanwick Chronicles (a much more escapist and fun project than the autobiographical novel).

This month I’m thinking I’ll work at revising the first volume in the Rowanwick Chronicles, perhaps writing the third volume (currently it’s only twenty-six pages!), and hopefully getting back to designing my travel memoir, Every Day is Magical, in InDesign for the sake of self-publishing on The latter project is rather intimidating, since I’m technologically challenged and struggle with InDesign. It’s a very complicated computer program, even if you learned how to do it in grad school. In any case, revising my NaNoWriMo novel—indeed, revising my past two NaNoWriMo novels—can happen after December.


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