It’s November, autumn leaves are falling, and that means it’s. NaNoWriMo. Every writer knows what that means: 50k in 30 days.
That means, no TV, no movies, no friends, no weekends, no nights out, and limited social media. Plan quick, easy to prepare meals, activities to keep the kids and spouses—if not happy—certainly occupied. We are supposed to take these drastic measures in the hope that 1,333 words will magically pour out of our heads, race down our arm to nimble fingers poised over keyboards and laptops.
Well this writer isn’t doing it. Not this year, not next year, not ever.
My muse is a finicky bitch. She works when she wants too, where she wants too, and is easily distracted. I’m one of those writers that edits while they write. I’ve heard that’s a no-no.
‘You should write the entire manuscript and then edit’.
That sounds good and makes sense, but doesn’t works for me. Usually, I write one-third the novel then go back over the plot, the characters, and setting. I ask myself questions: Does my plot make sense? Are my characters interesting and believable? Is there enough action? Where do I go from here? And most important, do I still love this idea and can I finish this novel? If I’m dumping words on a page just for the sake of completing a word count goal, I can’t do that. It doesn’t feel right, especially at the end of thirty days when I have to edit everything and I have no idea why I’ve written something or where the story is going. I don’t want to be in that position.
For me, NaNoWriMo is an everyday occurrence. I average between five hundred and one thousand words per day. My novels average 100k, so I complete a manuscript approximately in four months. Right now, with all the other events occurring in my life, my slower, steadier pace is just right. Those writers who can write a great novel in thirty days awe me. They have my deepest respect. My pen salutes you.
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Only a cursed man would wait 2000 years for one woman
Cursed for 2000 years, Roman Nicolis has tracked his lovers’ soul through each reincarnation only to lose her horribly every time. Reclaiming their love is his only salvation. He’s been her friend, her father, her neighbor, but never again her lover . . . until now.
A late night walk home throws Stella Walker into the path of a killer. The last thing she remembers are the deep blue eyes of the man trying to kill her—and the first things she sees after a seven day coma are the same blue eyes in the handsome face of the man hired to protect her. Is he truly the owner of a security firm assigned to protect her or the man who wants to finish her off? Is it fears she feels when Roman touches her or the memory of something sweeter? She will have to push past her fears and reclaim a love that has lasted two millennia.
Past secrets haunt them. An angry demon stalks them.
Roman will do anything to recover what they had. Though Stella’s ruined childhood has made her close her heart and body to any man, he must get past the walls around her to gain her love and trust, for it will take their union to defeat an unexpected enemy sent from the Egyptian Gods. A man Romans respects, and Stella trusts.
41 thoughts on “Autumn Harvest Blog Hop”
It’s hard to say what exactly would be my Go-To Autumn Romance book. When I think real hard about it, I would have to say it has a sexy, strong, determined male that when it comes to love is just lost. Then there has to be a woman who is usually in need of help or needs to know what love and family is. Together they heal each other and love turns out to be their greatest gift. I also love a happy ending at this time of year, usually where the epilogue has them starting their own family to love and cherish. Oh….and definitely HOT loving too!
I’m with you, Tmonique. I can’t just let the pen fly, or the keys soar. I have to edit as I go, adjust the outline as the story takes turns I hadn’t expected. I did do NANOWRIMO last year and wrote 30,000 words instead of 50,000 because I’m slower and more calculating. And I needed the focus the event gave me to get intense with my time management.
Good luck with Eternity – it sounds great!
eternity looks like a really good read. i have added it to my TBR list
I love the fall and winter seasons. It allows me to spend most of my time making yummy goodness.
Thanks for sharing the post 🙂
Amazing that you can conquer that many words in a day
NaNoWriMo!! I have always wanted to join in on the fun but sadly again I can’t. School and all its stuff gets in the way all the time. But I can’t wait for new author to show up from this and new books releases from authors too.
Stop reading comments and get back to writing. 🙂
Autumn is my favorite season! I like all the beautiful colors outside and the weather is not that hot anymore but not freezing cold either. It’s just perfect! Thank you for the giveaway!
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I love Fall, for the changing colors of the leaves.
I write, and when I think I need to edit, I write more.
I love autumn it means beautiful colors, campfires and family.
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Your book looks amazing! I’m having so much fun with this blog hop!
Ps. The link to your blog is missing the n in your address on Carrie Ann’s page. I had to modify it to find you.
I thought November meant preparing for Thanksgiving and shopping for gifts. Odd that this national writing month happens during the season with the most holidays.
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Fall is my favorite time of year 🙂
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
enjoyed what you had posted there what autumn means to you i love finding gret new reads and everything that autumn has to offer thanks for the chance to win email@example.com
Definitely understand what you mean about a muse!! Thank you for sharing!
I need to stop visiting blogs and get back to writing. I do the whole first draft, see where it takes me then edit.
Thanks for the great excerpt and post!
Thanks for the chance to win!
I love reading about things that go bump in the night (with a touch of romance) this time of year.
thanks for the fun!
Thanks for the chance to win!
I love autumn!
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I adore autumn because of the amazing colors, bundling up in sweaters, Halloween and my birthday! Autumn also means cuddling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa!
I love the hops cause of all the awesome new books I find to add to my to read list!
I can’t imagine trying to knock out 50K words in 30 days – my house would be just that much more in shambles!
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I’m also in awe at those who knock out their novel–I’m far too much of a perfectionist to manage that. I’d spend the whole month obsessing over a chapter, telling myself that as soon as I got the beginning right, the rest would flow.
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Love the cooler weather.
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I love fall because I can go pumpkin picking.
Good luck with NaNoWriMo!! i’m currently writing for fun for it. where i live i love to watch the mountains changing colors. thanks for joining the hop. Miriam.firstname.lastname@example.org
I write chapter by chapter. Not sure how common that is. Then, the next day, I reread the last chapter written to remind myself of what’s going on and pick up where I left off so the continuity doesn’t suffer. I also edit as I go back by one chapter. terrimuhich(at)yahoo(dot)com.
Wow your book sounds great! I love all things pumpkiny to eat and drink! <3 Thanks for the giveaway!
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Eternity sounds like a great read!
Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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NaNoWriMo sounds a bit stressful, I don’t blame you. I participate by reading novels, like yours! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!
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Oh my, you certainly have a lot on your plate right now. Good luck! 🙂
Thanks for being in the blog hop in such crazy time.
I love autumn with all the brilliant colors: oranges, yellows and reds of leaves. I love crisp, cool mornings where the sky is so blue it looks endless and the air is so fresh in your lungs. I love snuggling up in a warm throw on a cold autumn day with a good book. Of course, I love snuggling up with a good book about anytime of the year. I love Thanksgiving because it is a time to remember all the many blessings in my life and express thanks. I love baking spicy pumpkin pies with dollops of cream.
I like stories of the unexpected. I also love the steamy passion but I hate mentioning favorite authors because the list is long. I appreciate the many styles authors use to weave stories of mystery, love, intrigue, preternatural and inspiration. I love reading because I can go anywhere, any time in my mind and imagine indescribable things.
Thank you for this contest and the opportunity to be introduced to new authors.
I love the feel of the crisp air as it wraps itself around you and gives you that extra step in your walk!
I love Autumn for the leaves. I read lots of books as it gets colder.
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I love the Fall because of the football games and tailgating! And of course having a campfire with roasted hotdogs! Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!
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Thanks for sharing and being a part of the hop!
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i have heard of the NaNo writing thing and it seems a terrible way to spend my fav season..fall. I think it is great you write so many words and they make sense,,mine wouldnt.lol..Ill stick to reading all the words this autumn.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Good luck with Nano. I’m in again too this year.
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I don’t know how those authors do it. If I was an author, I would most likely be like you and edit while I wrote. They are mighty brave to take on that challenge.
Love the blurb and that sexy cover! 😉
I can’t imagine writing like that. I am lucky to do my letters and emails. I am thankful for the authors that do, because I get some great books! Thanks!
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