NaNoWriMo 2017

Good day and welcome back to a post about writing!

The last few months, my blog has been Book Review-centric, but I’m finally feeling that little fire burning in my heart telling me to share my writing journey with you. And when is a better time than today, the first day of November!

In case you weren’t aware, November is a month of writing for many, many people. Named National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, many veteran authors and those aspiring to one day have their work published – and really just anyone who’s interested in trying! – set out to write 50,000 words over the course of November’s 30 days. This evens out to be about 1,667 words per day.

In 2016, I launched my blog with the intention of sharing my NaNoWriMo journey with you. I set up my home office and I declared my novel’s title as My Life In Pieces on my NaNoWriMo dashboard. When November came along, I caught a horrible cold which kept me in bed for a solid week, and ultimately resulted in my decision not to pursue to the end of the month, which I talk about here.

Today, on November 1st, I am pledging again, and telling the world: I am participating in NaNoWriMo! As I write this, I’ve already had a full day and I’m sitting on the couch with my husband watching football. And, to my utter surprise, I have already hit my word count for the day. Actually, I smashed it: I finished my writing day with 1,818 words towards my NaNo project.

To keep myself motivated, I am lucky enough to have my London bestie and partner in crime G, participating in NaNoWriMo this year as well. We met last year in October when I not-so-subtly Twitter-stalked her. While I didn’t win NaNoWriMo last year, she did, and I was given the unique opportunity of being a beta reader for her project. For those of you who don’t know, a beta reader is one of the first readers of a manuscript once the writer is ready to show it to others to get feedback. Since the beginning of our friendship, through the beta read, and my current non-NaNo work-in-progress, G has been not only a great friend, but my writing coach and editor. In combination with our friendship, I’ve been written a couple of guest posts for her blog (here and here), I’ve submitted to her author-anonymous project Letters From The Heart, and I’ll be interviewed in her Meet The Writers series this month (which launched October 30th).

I also have the everlasting support of my husband, who is always understanding of my need for writing time. My aunt, who is constantly asking when she can read the rest of my current non-NaNo work-in-progress. And the rest of my family who love to see me doing the thing I love the most: writing!

I’m also planning on attending some write-ins here in Amsterdam, as well as doing word sprints with some of the writers I’m in touch with on Twitter who are also participating!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the month will bring! Keep an eye out for more posts about my #writerslife as the month progresses.

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