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Friday
Dec022011

Year Two of NaNoWriMo COMPLETE!!

If you've been following my blog for a bit, then you'll know that for the second November in a row I participated in National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo.)

(If you're interested in learning a bit more about NaNoWriMo, NPR just did a great little piece on it here.)

I'm happy to report that I was able to again write 50,000 words for this year's competition. To say I'm stoked about that is an understatement. I have two pieces of full disclosure before I go on. 

1st - I did not write 50,000 words in a new book. Instead I wrote the first two chapters of book two of the book that will proceed last year's and the remaining writing was actually completing the book I wrote last year. So now I have 90,000+ words for one book and the story itself is finally done. I have a feeling that actually editing it for submittal to an agent will take a year or longer. There's a lot of work in writing fantasy novels!

2nd - This year it was really, really, hard to win. I'm talking gruelingly hard. As in the kind of hard where you wake up and work non-stop at your teaching and sewing jobs, from morning until Cora goes to bed and then as soon as her head hits the pillow you start writing until you have met your daily quota and your eyeballs feel like they are going to fall out of your head and you are falling asleep as you type so you have parts of your manuscript that look like thissssssssglkalsdkhgaglkagag. And you do that for 30 days in a row.

Writing at the NaNoWriMo Write-In at San Diego Writer's Ink

I would not have been able to do this without the help of my awesome husband Eric. The dude rocks. He is so incredibly supportive of my belief in this book. Many, many nights he would get home from work and then take over on Cora duty so I could leave to go write while my brain still functioned. He sent me packing to coffeeshops while we were on Catalina on our family vacation so I could still get my typing done and he listened to me talk about the book nodding up and down like he knew every character that I kept bringing up. He rocks. (I think I mentioned that already.)

Writing with Kristine and Tobi at Panera in San Diego. Just keep writing!

And I wouldn't have been able to do it either without my friends who were also doing NaNoWriMo in San Diego (and elsewhere Kelly, that is you!) To Lizz, Kristine, and Tobi, thanks for your support!

To Ella, and my dad, my mom, and everyone else who cheered me on through Facebook, thanks for the encouragement you gave me during the writing process. Ella, I'll be back to writing at FinchFound before you know it :)

And one last thanks, to my friend Kristen Miller, who introduced me to NaNoWriMo last year. Can't wait to read your book once it's published!

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I promise to keep you posted on my book as the editing process begins. Going to take the month of December off from it and re-connect with friends and family.

Reader Comments (2)

Congratulations and great work! Two years in a row, wow. Are you fingers typing in your sleep?! And a second shout-out to hubbies who pretend to love your characters and nooks and crannies of your novel as much as you do. Support, it's what it's all about.

December 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I am so proud of you for doing this Charlotte! Next year I totally want to join in. 50,000 words every year is an amazing accomplishment. So in awe!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

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