NaNoWriMo Challenge Success!

It’s December! Already? Where did November go? It might be that I was so busy writing I just didn’t notice the time passing, or perhaps someone sped up time with a mysterious blue box and forgot to send me a message. Who knows. All I know is it went by way too fast, but even despite the speed in which thirty days flew by, I still managed to reach my NaNoWriMo goals. Well mostly.

At the end of October, I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo unofficially because I needed to bridge a huge gap in my third draft. To make a long (and boring) story short, I ended up cutting out about three quarters of Blood Feud (moving the cut parts to books 2 and 3) and adding back in seventeen chapters worth of information. I did this massive change after a lot of consideration, and wonderfully, brutally honest input from a few of my beta readers. I did this in the hopes to slow the story down and give the characters a chance to grow more fully. I think it boiled down to me trying to rush the story in my anxiousness to get it all down, but at least the sequels (books 2 and 3) to Blood Feud are practically written already. Well mostly. Ha ha ha… Anyways, that was my goal for NaNoWriMo to finish bridging that gap.

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It’s NaNoWriMo Again!

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????It’s the time of year when the weather gets cold, the days get shorter, and the leaves become a brilliance of color. It’s a time of pumpkin carving, hot chocolate, and ghost stories. And it’s also time for NaNoWriMo to begin again.

I’ve been taking part in NaNoWriMo on an unofficial capacity for the last four years. I say unofficial, because I don’t follow the regular rules of NaNoWriMo, which requires a newly plotted novel to write on. I usually use pieces of work I already have in progress. For one year I wrote on four different short stories I had in the works. The other two years I worked on already started novels. This year I will be working on completing the third draft of my novel Blood Feud.

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