NaNoWriMo, in the event you haven’t heard of it, is a yearly write-a-thon held in November.  Or, as it’s stated on the official National Novel Writing Month website, it’s Thirty Days and Nights of Literary Abandon!  The goal, write 50,000 words in one month.

Last year I figured this year I’d try it.  Well, this year appeared out of nowhere and my brain, just like the meatball in the childhood song, rolled off the table and onto the floor.  So no NaNo for me.

However, I do know quite a few folks who picked up the gauntlet and are staring that challenge in the face, so a big shout out to them.  You guys are my heroes (says she who plunked out a mere 750 words last night for the first time in . . . weeks?!!?).

I’ve jumped back into First Draft mode.  *shudder*  BD&L part duex is open in Scrivener and beginning to take shape.  I’ve already run into two issues.  One:  I just realized this morning, my timeline is totally out of whack and needs to be fixed.  How, becomes the issue.  Two:  I’d forgotten how painfully hard first drafts are.  They suck.  Seriously.  And that’s okay, they should.  The first draft is all about getting the words down, the bare bones of the story duct taped together.  The time to edit, to fight for the perfect word or round out that awesome prose, is not now.

I’m bad at that.  I suffer from terminal rewriteritis.  Will power.  Must.  Find.  Will. Power.

And dark chocolate Snickers.  Yeah, those help.

BD&L part one is once again making the agent rounds.  I checked Harper Voyager’s site and they recieved over 4,500 submissions during their open period.  Wow.  Wouldn’t it be something to make that cut?  They’re going to try and get back to folks they’re interested in within three months.  I’ll keep the dream in the back of my head and try not to think about it until January.

Crack the WIP!


  1. 750 is still pretty damned good! Before November, I was lucky to get that across a week, let alone in one day. Like you, I’m awful at the write-and-then-edit method. Usually, by the time I reach the final sentence of the first draft, it’s been rewritten about five times in between.

    You’ll figure out Part 2 and it will be epic 😀

    • Even though I’m not hung up on word counts, that’s why I like them — because having a goal forces me to just put the words down and keep moving. Love Scrivener’s little tracking window. 😀

  2. You can do it!!! Just throw all your plotting and planning out the window and start writing 🙂

    • Thanks, Michelle. 🙂 It certainly does take a different mindset. Most times I don’t realize I’ve slipped back into editing mode until it occurs to me that I’ve been playing with the wording in the same paragraph for over ten minutes! Eek.

  3. Crossing all fingers and toes for Harper Voyager!!! Your posts always make me laugh – probably because I can relate – also have terminal rewriteris – but meatball brain working in my favour this month!

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