NaNoWriMo Completed

NOVELmberThis was my first kick at the can for NaNoWriMo, and I kicked it far enough to meet the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. In fact, I wrote 54,247 words in that time frame. The Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes is not yet complete, but it will be by the end of the month. The novel will be between 60,000 and 70,000 words.

The story is about a middle aged woman who struggles to re-find herself after her kids are grown and moved out of the house.

Almost every day, I was able to write at least 1,667 words. Most days, I wrote slightly more. There were four or five days when I managed to write only a few hundred words, so the following day I had to play catch-up and get them down before I started on that day’s word count.

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One Week from NOVELmber

NOVELmberAre you ready? Is your calendar cleared for 30 days?

NOVELmber is one week away. Take a deep breath. You can do this. You’re not alone; there’s a whole cast of writers waiting to start their stories.

If you plan to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), here are a few tips, things I plan to do to help improve my chance of success with the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.

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Write a Novel in 30 Days

NOVELmberWe are two weeks away from NOVELmber. Are you taking the plunge? I have considered it many times, but not until this year did I actually make plans to do it.

Never heard of this month before? You’re probably not alone. Here are the basics:

Commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days.

That’s it. That’s really all you have to do. If you want to take it a step further and be both held accountable to your commitment and share your success formerly with others, you’ll have to register with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

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Is that a challenge? Goals for 2014

Challenge 2014On the eve of the new year is a great time to set goals for the next twelve months. Personally I find goals motivate me to accomplish things I wouldn’t otherwise. I used to set small, easily obtainable goals, and then I started stretching myself further, believing I could reach the larger goals if I set my mind to it.

Occasionally I came up short, yet my inability to reach a goal hadn’t discouraged me from trying harder or continuing onward.

I have a feeling 2014 is going to be an excellent year; sort of that step towards 2015 and better things afterwards. At least I’m thinking 2014 has to be more positive because 2013 was very stressful, depressing, unpredictable in a bad way and filled with events I don’t want to see repeated. I hadn’t accomplished as much as I had set out to do, but at least year ending leaves me with great hope for the future.

I understand there will be at least one sad hurdle to overcome in 2014, but I feel a breath of life that I haven’t felt in the past several years. I see the light at the end of a very long tunnel and an energy building that will carry me forward.

This light hadn’t lit itself and this energy did not come out of nowhere. I’ve been tinkering with matches and forcing my thoughts to think differently. I’ve seen my feet in unhealthy ground and I’m motivated to see them move onward. Like Bilbo Baggins I have been given the opportunity for adventure, and like Mr. Baggins, I will go into the unknown and seek what needs to be sought, so I can return a changed person.

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