Time for every writer’s favorite month…

50,000 words in one month. Sounds crazy. Ready to give up? Great! Me too. I’ll give up lots, just so long as I don’t have to give up writing my novel. It’s all about the words and we know getting words on the page can often be all about finding the time to write. What are you prepared to sacrifice?

via Wagging Tales: 8 Things to Give Up for NaNoWriMo.

My NaNoWriMo bling from the year I wrote the very first draft of Asylum. Does this date me? (Photo: Shala Howell)

Oh my goodness, it’s that time of year again… Time for NaNoWriMo. I love this contest. It’s the reason I wrote my original first draft of Asylum all those years ago. (Yes, I won. Go ME! Of course, hardly anything from that draft has survived the three subsequent editing passes. Oh well.)

This year I think I’m going to have to wave at NaNoWriMo as it parades by. I’m so close, so very close to being done with this fourth draft of Asylum and then I finally get to show people what I’ve been working on all these years.

So instead of writing a new novel during NaNoWriMo and risk losing my momentum closing out my monster of a current one, I’m going to operate in tangent, and see if I can get 50,000 words of Asylum edited this month. That way, I might actually finish this sucker by Christmas. And that would be the second best Christmas gift ever.

As of today, I’m at 21,406 words. 71,406, here I come.


About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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