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November 13, 2018

Michelle Miles: NaNo

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I mean like really participating. Not just signing up and then ignoring my book for the next 30 days.

(For those who may not know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month during November where you write 50,000 in 30 days AND survive the Thanksgiving holiday!)

Anyway…I decided to get off my duff and start working on book two in my Dragon Protectors series. I really hadn’t intended to start writing that book yet but when I put the first one up for preorder and it started getting a good response, I figured I better get on it. I even went so far as to go ahead and upload a preorder over at Draft2Digital and gave myself six months to complete it and get it ready for sale.

I can do this.

I sat down and read through the first few pages I’d already had and realized that the story wasn’t half bad. I was kind of impressed.

And then my friend and fellow princess, Elizabeth Essex, mentioned there was a NaNo support group over on FB and invited me to join.

So, I did.

I can totally do this.

I found the ladies over there were posting their daily check-ins with word count and rewards. And so I started writing my butt off.

I sat at the keyboard one Sunday night and hammered out 2100 words. And then I got the 5-day streak badge from NaNo.

Yes, yes. I can do this.

When I logged into NaNo, I also noticed I’d hit the 1,677, 5,000, 10,000 and 25,000 badges. At the time of this writing, I’m hovering at around 28,000 words. I really want to hit that 40,000 mark so I can earn that next badge.

I can tell you with complete confidence, the book is crap. But, hey, I can fix crap. I’m just gonna keep on keeping on.

I'm doing this.


Liese said...

You go, girl!

Hope you get your badge!


Unknown said...

Good for you!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Wow! Michelle!!! that's awesome. I can't wait to hear the results.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Yay!! Good for you! Keep it up!

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davidshields said...

My friend took part. Writing a novel in such an "absurd" short period of time led Beyty to unexpected results: it turned out that there is no need to wait until you "mature" and start writing a brilliant novel, only when you are already experienced and with gray hair - each age is unique, as are the creations created at different ages ... Another very important lesson - the more busy you are, the more successful you will be at writing. The deadline is a magical thing that allows you to do any job faster, much faster. Do not underestimate your own intuition - allow yourself to create, and your imagination will surely reward you with an interesting plot and characters. And one last important takeaway: writing is a very enjoyable experience. In addition, after your own writing experience, you begin to perceive literary works in a different way, you become a more attentive reader. writer, Sean R. Jesse