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.