November 15th/16th


NaNoWriMo is coming along great. I’m at 32,022 words today.

It isn’t always easy finding the time or the incentive to write. I’ve had several interruptions when I’ve had to leave my house, as it is still being shown by realtors. There is one “deal” in process, but it ends late Thursday the 17th if they don’t have financing in place by then.

There are other people interested in the house, so that is good. I do hate the idea of moving in winter, but oh well.

Back to writing: I added some extra scenes and some extra chapters into my work in progress. The story was coming to an end far too fast to reach a word count of over 50,000.

By adding these extras, I was able to think of more “what if?” situations, which in turn gave me more to write.

I’ve also killed off two people already. Not my main character, though. I think I am going to send her to prison for a while.


November 12th


Up extremely early this morning and my NaNoWriMo word count is now at 25,378 words.

We had to vacate the house this morning for what was supposed to be “about three hours” which turned into three hours and about forty-five minutes. House inspector to blame. We are selling, and the prospective buyers hired him, probably recommended by their realtor. We haven’t heard anything on how the inspection went, but will likely hear something by Monday. That’s when the deal is to be decided. Hate waiting! Too tired to write more tonight I think, although that would get my mind off the wondering….

November 9th


And now to continue with posting to this blog everyday in November…..

I reached a word count of 14,566 today for NaNoWriMo. It was more challenging today. I started to think about my main character’s childhood and some things that might have set her on the path she has chosen in adulthood. I started her story earlier, with a few memories of when she was a little girl. It went well, once I started on that.

There are caveats about not going into too deep a prologue to a novel. I am ignoring that rule for NaNoWriMo. Besides, I am getting to know my character a little better as I write. I have found out that she is not as close to her Dad as I thought, and she has always been rather mean to others.

My writing tip today, then, is that if you get “stuck” go back a little and write that backstory. It may just get the story moving again in the right direction.

November 7th/8th


Today was busy, with one showing and some shopping and then some items for sale were sold.

I did not feel like working on the novel today, but I sat down and resolved to write.

Once I had made the conscious choice, the story flowed.

My count today reached a total of 12, 792 words. Despite distractions. I think I’ve got this, though there is a long way to go yet.

November 5th/6th


Seeing as how the blog time is off from my local time, I am going to class this post as November 5th and 6th. Then maybe I will catch up!

There were two showings of the house booked for today. We went out shopping for Christmas presents during the first showing. The second was later in the afternoon, so we went out for dinner. We had just finished ordering, when the text arrived, that the showing was cancelled until Monday…..rather annoying.

Had a good dinner anyway, and came home to drink a glass of white wine and relax. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? People “should” be going off to church services and spending some time with their families, but they may prefer to search for a new home instead.

Hope to have the home inspection next week, and hope that it will go okay. At least if there is anything wrong, the inspection will let us know, and we can fix it!

NaNoWriMo is at 9044 words today, so still within competition range.

November 4th


I have now reached 7315 words for NaNoWriMo.

This post continues the blog challenge for the month.

We have had two – not one but two – offers for the house. We took the highest offer, and must wait a week, and pass a home inspection by November 14th.

All the hard work of sorting, packing, cleaning and donating has paid off I believe.

The same will be true of NaNoWriMo. It takes dedication and determination to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It also requires some imagination and I think that sometimes this is where we, as writers, can fall flat. It is very easy to burn out during November. At first, the Muse may be cascading ideas upon you, and then, there is nothing. Nothing to write.

Then it’s time to ask – What is the worst that might happen to my character now?  What does my main character fear most? Love the best? What does he/she need to learn? Where is he/she going to be at the end of the story?

Where are the highs and lows? Do I need another crisis – another thread in this story?

So far, I am writing without having to stop and  concentrate on these things, but I am sure that the time will arrive.

November 3rd


I truly did not think I was going to be able to sit down and write today. I had an early afternoon showing by realtors, so had to leave the house for over an hour. Came home, ate lunch and learned there’s another showing booked for late afternoon.

Plus, we have an offer, so my realtor was here to have us sign papers. The deal is in process, and all depends on whether buyer and seller can agree on terms and price.

But…..I got in 1700 or so words, so the NaNoWriMo total is 5475 today.

It can be done, yay!

NaNoWriMo November 2nd


My word count total is 3755 today

It may be difficult to find the time to write but it can be done. You just have to want to write bad enough. (Does that make sense:-)

There are always going to be interruptions and things to do and responsibilities.

For instance, I am in the middle of selling my house, as of yesterday. Yes, the same day NaNoWriMo started.

Selling a house is a royal pain in the butt, as it means:

  1. Keeping the house spotless
  2. Moving a whole lot of “stuff” out of sight when there’s a showing
  3. Having to physically leave the home during the hour or so when the realtor will be bringing the prospective buyer/s through
  4. Having to be close to the cellphone at all times

It isn’t easy. So far I’ve been able to write in the early mornings, before the realtors are awake. I hope to continue this practice for the rest of November or until the house sells.



NaNoWriMo November First


Well, I started NaNoWriMo this morning. Got in 1700 words today.

November is also NaBloPoMo or National Blog Posting Month. I am going to participate in that too.

Today’s post:

Winning NaNoWriMo

I’ve succeeded at NaNoWriMo each of the last four years. Here’s my secret.

Don’t overwrite (and don’t look back).

First, write for that day’s total. Do not look ahead and wonder how you will ever reach your goal of 50,000 words. Write at least 1600 to 1700 words. Then stop for the day. Why push yourself? Save some energy for tomorrow, and the day after and the day after that.

Second, don’t edit what you’ve got so far. Keep writing. Move forward. Never mind  if you awaken in the middle of the night, haunted by a plot hole large enough to drive a semi truck through. The problems with story will wait. Move along.

My tips. Hope they help you too!