Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

National Novel Writing Month Winner 2015Another National Novel Writing Month has come and gone. I wait all year for this event, and poof, suddenly it’s December.  But that’s okay.  If I had to keep up this level of writing and excitement all year long, I’d probably have a stroke!

I will say that I struggled.  I have struggled before to make it, but this seemed worse, some how.  I had high hopes. Such high hopes.  I need to get a second novel done and submitted to my publisher.  But I’m not anywhere near that goal.

The first part of the month, I piddled along, spending more time on my Municipal Liaison duties for my region, and by the end of the third week, I had only 20,000 words written.  I had 8 days to write 30,000 words.  A daunting goal, I know.

But I knuckled down, wrote more than 3,000 words a day, and made my 50K.  I freely admit that 95% of those words are drack, and will be deleted shortly.  Actually, I might not do anything at all with all those words, just pluck out a few decent scenes and set them aside for later use.  Or, what is more likely, I’ll start with the manuscript I had from earlier this year, and build on that.

Fortunately, National Novel Writing Month isn’t about quality.  It’s about proving you can write a lot in one month.  And for the thirteenth year, I proved that I could write a lot in one month.  And that, in itself, is quite an accomplishment.

Now I’m on to December, when a new sort of busy starts to happen.  I keep thinking I’ll finally get to rest, since it is winter.  But so far, that hasn’t been the case.  This weekend, I’m doing a regular Ms. Claus gig with my husband, Santa.  There will likely be other gigs throughout the month, but this is the first of them.  Five hours in wig and big red dress with sharp white apron, smiling at babies and being ignored because I’m not The Big Guy. 🙂  It’s all good.  But it means I’m busy.  Not much writing happens when I’m this busy.  And that makes me sad.

If you did NaNoWriMo in November, how did you do?  Did you get your 50K?  If it was your first time, what was your experience with it?  Tell me in the comments.

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Fairest of the Faire book coverBlurb:

Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law’s Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.

Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Youngblood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie’s don’t-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.

When she is threatened by her late husband’s bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.

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4 thoughts on “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

  1. Hi Susabelle

    I made 50,233 to win. Yeah. Good start on the planned Christmas novel for 2016.
    This was my 6th year and it was a struggle. Glad you made it. Enjoy the season. Try to take a little time for you. Merry Christmas.

    • I usually use NaNo to jumpstart a project. If I’m working on a current project, then I count the words I write on that project in November. I like to be a “winner” every year, and so far, I’ve done it!

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