NaNoWriMo Success and the Path Forward

 

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NaNoWriMo 2019 was a huge success! I get so amped-up every year–like already in September–and then on the first day I get this “Oh, no!” feeling come over me. Once the first few pages are written, it’s the “I’ve got this” feeling. After week two and into the beginning of week three, it’s the “What in the heck did I ever commit to this for?” feeling. And after week three and into week four, it’s a flurry of flying fingers trying to get it done. Crossing the 50K mark is sheer exhilaration! So many emotions in one month!

The project I worked on is the first draft of book 7–and the final book–of the Melanie Hogan mysteries, Shear Misfortune. Fifty thousand words doesn’t mean it’s complete yet, so I’ll continue writing daily until it’s done, but crossing that 50K mark was huge. The first draft of book 6, Shear Fear, is ready to be revised. And revised. And revised again. And the Christmas novella is also in the works.

But first–after completing the first draft of Shear Misfortune–is finalizing the revisions in book two of the Whispering Pines duology, Abby’s Retribution. The anticipated release is this spring. If all goes according to plan and, God willing, of course, 2020 should be a grand year in the writing life!

Happy Writing and Happy December!

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7 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Success and the Path Forward

  1. Congratulations on hitting 50K. It’s always a rollercoaster ride. I was just reading through the writing journal I keep while working on a project and laughing at all the “what the heck am I doing?” and “this isn’t working” comments. Because I’m pretty sure I’ll find some of the writing has potential and some of it I can pitch and there’s no telling from here which parts are which. What I think’s good in the moment is not necessarily actually the best stuff. I can’t tell until later. I also crossed the 50K line on the 29th. Slow but steady wins the race.

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