Well November is over and December is here! I really can't believe how fast this year has went. As many of you know, last month was National Write a Novel Month. A month where people write like crazy and try to get a 50K novel written. Now as I have talked about here on this blog before, I have been struggling with words this year. Like really struggling. So it should come as no surprise when I tell you that I did not hit 50K. Not even close. However that does not mean that I am seeing November as a failure. No! Far from it! I got a lot of writing done for me. I more than doubled my word count from October in November. I got all three rounds of edits for my Christmas novella Very Friendly Beasts done. I managed to get Very Friendly Beasts up for preorder. I managed to keep this blog active with three blogs a week. I worked some on this website and marketed my work. I also wrote and submitted three short stories for some upcoming anthologies, so look for some announcements coming soon on those! And I also got a good start on a novel that I have been wanting to write for a long time. So did I hit the NaNo goal? No. Did I make personal strides to getting back in the writing groove? You bet I did and I am counting that as a huge win!
So this is a new month, what are my writing goals now that NaNo is done? I want to write two more short stories for anthologies. I just love short fiction and love being part of anthologies, enough so that I made a separate book page to share all the anthologies that I have been lucky enough to be a part of here on this website. I also want to continue work on my romantic fantasy Quest for Self and my NaNo novel Rivals Out of Time.
October is almost over! Boy time is flying by this year! It's almost November and that means that it is almost time for National Write a Novel Month. I will be trying to participate this year, even though it has been a slow year for me writing wise I am hoping that I can keep up with the daily word count. This year I even have a NaNo friend here in town who will be participating as well. I am hoping he and I can meet up sometimes and have write ins. Maybe I might even participate in local meetups. Maybe some support and socializing with fellow writers might help me get my writing grove back.
Now as a rule I am a pantser type of writer, just going with the flow with very little outline or plotting involved. Since I have been struggling to get words down lately and 50,000 words seems like a lot for me at the moment I have been trying to get a rough outline and plot down for my novel this coming month. Maybe it will help. Maybe I will even become a plotter someday. Maybe.
I am excited to be working on a time travel/steampunk mashup this coming month. Rivals Out of Time. I have been wanting to write this story for quite some time and I am finally going to start it! I have even had a cover for this story for over a year. Other stories, life, writing slumps, all kept getting in the way but now this story's time has come.
It may only be August, but NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and I have an awesome idea for my novel this year! I am going to be writing a time travel/steampunk hybrid and that means that I have a lot of research to do before the actual writing begins. I really want to make the science behind the time travel as real as I can, same goes for the steampunk technology. I do have one advantage as I happen to be married to someone who minored in math, so I have some help with equations that I might need to make time travel "possible". I am pretty excited about this upcoming novel. If all goes well I will write more than 50K words in it in November and it will be released early 2019. I have been planning this novel for a long time and even have a cover already to go for it! Stay tuned for updates on this very special project! Here is a sneak peak of the cover because I just have to share it! Cover artist is Lillian Asterios.
This month is National Write a Novel Month, which means authors all across the globe are feverishly writing away, getting as many words in as they can. I fully intended to be one of those authors, but health and life seem to be getting in the way. I am so far behind in my writing that its not even funny. I am working on finishing a current work in progress and am still only in the note taking stage for the main novel I wanted to work on this month. Unless my wordage really picks up, well then it looks like I may not be getting my novel done this month.
Struggling with my writing just at the time that other authors are hitting some high points makes me a little depressed sometimes. Then I remember that I am only in competition with myself and even a few words a day are a win sometimes. I am still making some progress and that is better than nothing. Do I wish that I were writing more right now? Of course. Does it make me a loser if I can't keep up with others? No, it just means that I am going through a slow time right now. I am still writing and still moving towards more releases and to my dreams. I need to just keep that in mind on my bad days.
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