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NaNoWriMo 2018

 December 4, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 is done. I now have 52,501 words as the basis for book eight of my Dancing through Life series. It’s a wonder to me that I made it, as ill-prepared as I was going into the month. There’s something about having a public goal and knowing so many other writers have that same goal that makes this possible.

From July to October of this year, I worked on book seven of my series and have yet to hit the 50,000 mark. I put that book aside to participate in NaNoWriMo but will pick it up after the holidays.

I love focusing on my characters and their stories, waking up at night and working out plot lines and scenes to get me to the end of the book. One of the problems with a series is, you get all of these characters and you hate to leave any of them out. While part of this book was set in Detroit, giving me a chance to catch up with characters that had moved there, there is still a significant portion of the book that takes place in Cascade Falls and needs to include those characters.

Now What?

As usually happens when I write, the book took me in directions I didn’t expect, requiring more research to fill in gaps and correct potential errors. All part of the editing process. I knew I wanted to include information on the underground railroad in the novel and had prepared for that. Didn’t know that this would lead me to the situation of immigrants today. Now I need to learn more about immigration and immigration law.

The book is not done. I have not written the final chapter. I’m thinking 5-8,000 words will do it, but I won’t know until I actually write it. There’s so much going on in this novel, it may take me longer to wrap it up, and that’s okay. I’m so much farther along on this project than I was at the beginning of November.

Benefit of NaNoWriMo

That’s the benefit of participating in NaNoWriMo. Whether you complete the 50,000 word challenge or not, if you have more words written than if you hadn’t participated, then you are a winner in my mind.

The purpose of NaNoWriMo is not to write voraciously for one month then do nothing for the rest of the year. It is to support and encourage writing and writers and help them throughout the year. Seeing what you can do in one month can help you realize what you can do with the remaining eleven months. It can get you into a routine of writing everyday which then helps you throughout the year.

NaNoWriMo 2018 may be over, but the benefits remain throughout the year. I’m already looking forward to NaNoWriMo 2019, just not yet! First, I need to recover from NaNoWriMo 2018.

Happy writing!

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How did you do? I’d love to hear from you.  Also, if you know anything about immigration law, would love your help!


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