I’ll Miss You NaNoWriMo

And just like that, Halloween ended.

Now it’s November. Out come the turkeys, the pilgrim hats…and the pens. November 1 marks the first day of National Novel Writing Month. Last month, I put pen to paper like never before and finally succeeded at writing 50,000 words in 30 days. It took three NaNoWriMos to get there, but I did it and accomplishing that goal was the biggest turning point in my history as a writer.

Today I kept encountering well-wishes to NaNoWriMo participants and I got a little blue. Deciding not to participate this year was a difficult decision, but it’s for good reason. The reason being, I’m working on my final revisions before sending last year’s NaNoWriMo manuscript off for a professional critique.

Aurelia and the House of Dire has gone through so many changes since last November’s draft zero. Sometimes I get that urge to keep revising until I’ve drained this planet of all its red ink, but I know it’s time to let go and get outside opinions.

I’ll be on the NaNoWriMo sidelines this year, but I do have a goal for this month. On November 30, I drop the red pen and send my MS off for critique. What an exciting, terrifying prospect.

6 thoughts on “I’ll Miss You NaNoWriMo

  1. It’s a big thing, what you’ve launched on, and it can feel lonely. Editing and critique don’t get an event (yet) but they are just as exciting. I just spent my first year of editing and publication prep, and it’s just as rewarding as first-draft writing.

    Very best of luck with the next phase!

    • Revising isn’t my favorite thing to do, but it does feel good to see a manuscript evolve. And it brings a writer ever closer to that big goal: publication. Congrats on a successful year of revision!

  2. Can you send me the info for writing the 50,000 word thingamajig?  Love you.

    “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly worn out from dancing and screaming……WOO HOO, WHAT A RIDE!”


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