A month that evokes a whole range of emotions in writers everywhere.

Fear. Awe. Excitement. Apprehension. Eagerness. Irritation.

Care to add a few?

Why, you might ask?

Well, because it’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), that’s why!

The hopeful, the hardy, and the downright deluded all flock to the NaNo site each year to sign up with the high expectation of completing a novel (of 50k or more) in 30 days.

Sound impossible?

Of course it isn’t. Last year I competed. Last year, I conquered. And I did so whilst rewriting the second of the Holloway Pack stories alongside my NaNo project.

Although, I did only scrape through by the skin of my teeth.

Now … admittedly, this year, I almost didn’t sign up.


Well, I simply have waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many projects awaiting completion that in no way, shape, or form, could I begin a new project and risk those going by the wayside—especially as my editor is waiting on a couple of them. But, after chatting with a couple of writer buddies, and listening to their words that NaNo is aaaaaaaaall about the word count—the ability to consistently write on a daily basis to keep those creational juices flowing—I decided I would cheat a little (encouraged by said writer buddies) and use my 50K word count to complete all of my unfinished projects.

So … my (projected) tasks for NaNo are to complete:

Caged (A Holloway Pack Story, #3) – currently sitting pretty at 92,000 words

Eternal (A Holloway Pack Story, #0.5) – a little over 10k—so around halfway complete

Emerge from Darkness (working title—a novella I began but got sidetracked by Caged at around 8k) – I have noooooooooooo idea how long this beauty will turn out

JJ (deffo a working title—a little something I began and have the entire premise for but stalled when the Holloway Pack decided to take over my life) – a short novella, I imagine, or a long short.

Guise (a novel(la) I had an idea for a couple months back, that Julie Reece sent me a TONNE of research material for and has been waiting for me to bring it to life) – pathetically awaiting attention at around 700 words.

And when I have those out of the way, I shall start on a short story for Sean & Jem, as well as novel number 4 of the Holloway Pack Stories (which just happens to have the first chapter already written).

If all of those don’t blast me over the 50k mark like a rocket-fuelled fiend, then I might be in literary trouble.

How about you? What plans do you have for NaNo (if any)?

Check back on Nov 1st, when I shall be (officially) announcing another Judge Julie contest between the (crazy) couple of authors who’re using NaNo as an excuse to battle it out—only, this time, it’s with a difference.


10 thoughts on “ARE YOU A NANO-NUTTER? #nanowrimo

  1. Oh yeah, I’m a nutter, all right. And I’m a double sucker for punishment. Not only do I have to complete the 50k, but I have to beat Aimee Laine, the fastest fingers in the south, to that word count or suffer eternal humiliation. Well, not really, but you know how it is. I’m a writer, so I have to make it sound good, right? 😉

    What am I writing? I, too, have a few projects started, so I’ll use this time to finish one of them. This one is a novel called Road to Salvation that’s sitting at about 30k and will probably end up around 90k. I plan to have the first draft complete before the end of November.

  2. You all are crazy and I love you for it. I’m already geting the grousing routine from my hubbie about being ‘abandoned’ for the month of November. [insert eye roll here] you think there would be a little happiness since all my projects are to be put out for publication. Hmph. Can’t please some, i suppose. :p

    The only competing I’m doing is to get to 50k before the month ends. That’s it. I actually plan it to finish a week early. I succeeded last year. I usully do coverart but Idon’t see that happening with shorts.

    Good luck everyone!

    1. I’m not the crazy one–I’m just the judge. Much easier on the old ticker. Ha!
      I’m quite lucky right now because Mr B just scored some night work, which means he’s in bed most the day. So I’ll be trying to get mine done during his snoozing hours. 🙂

  3. Hehe! I’m a nutter 😉 however, instead of working on multiple projects like I have been, well, I’ll be focusing on a single project – a monumental task, seeing as I have a wandering attention span, lol!

    I think that’s so awesome your using Nanowrimo to finish up what you’ve got going on. That’s ‘winning’ – in my book anyways, hehe! 😀

    And yeah, Mr S is anticipating my body being in the same house, but not my mind! Lol, he already knows I’ll be nose deep in my laptop 😉

    I look forward to keeping up with you guys! 😀

    1. Oooh, good luck with your singular focus, Kelly. And being a nutter is a given for NaNo. They should have it in the rules: Non-nutters need not apply, lol. 🙂

      All these poor men, ignored across the globe. Gotta feel for ’em, eh?

  4. Day After for me. All 80+k by 11/30 and the first 50k before that ONE up there (6 posts up?) beats me to it. The chocolate is mine. MINE! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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