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

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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