Saturday, December 1, 2018

NaNoWriMo + What's Next

It's December! Which means National Novel Writing Month is over. While many of my friends clocked insane word counts (either in total or just yesterday in an effort to reach their goals), I haven't written in several days. Because I hit my goal early! (Stay tuned for snippets.)

For those of you who are new or can't keep your 100 friends' NaNo goals straight, my goal was to write a 30k novella based off my trip to New York. I named it Simply Jane Smith.

The 50,000 words that NaNo wants me to write is a little much for my sanity (and wrists). I've only written 30k in a month once before and that was when I wrote the first draft to my published novella Andora's Folly. I figured it was time to do it again since I needed a break from my main writing project anyway.

I'm happy to announce that I finished the first draft of Simply Jane Smith on November 28th at 28,449 words. A little short of my targeted word count, granted, but it feels so good to have finished something!! I think it's been ages since I did that.

I can already hear you asking the question but was it garbage? The exciting answer is no. While it's definitely a first draft, it's got a bit of a plot and some characters I'd be happy to revisit someday. 

"Someday" is the key word. I have no timeline to return to the story in the near future. So while I'm content with a finished draft, I know it stinks for you guys not getting anything published for another bit.

To tide you over, here are a few little snippets that stood out to me as worth sharing while I was writing:

Next, I'll be returning to Martin Crossroads. Right, the sequel. The sequel you all want. That refuses to be written. I've been reading about Tolkien some lately, and it was an encouragement to me that writing The Lord of the Rings took him literal eons and about did him in. But I will conquer just like he did!!! Or else.

While I'm sure I'll have plenty of life, editing projects, and whatever else distract me from my good intentions, my tentative writing plan going forward looks like this:
  • finish the first draft of Martin Crossroads in 2018
  • publish MC in 2019 at all costs!!
  • squeeze in revising Behind the Act so I can query hopefully over the summer
  • submit flash fiction for my "fun writing"
  • possible chisel away at the other gazillion ideas I have ...
That sounds like a ton to me, but I'm also super tired at the moment, so who knows? Maybe it'll be totally feasible. My priority will be Martin Crossroads if it kills me. Don't get me wrong, I really do love where I hope the story will end up. It's getting it there that's slowly killing me. But it will come together and I will get it to you guys! 2019 is going to be the year. ;) Which means by this time next year it should be in your hands. Won't that be a wonderful day for all of us. 
Now tell me all about what you did this November! NaNo or not, what has your latest project been? What do you hope to accomplish in 2019? By all means, give me details as I certainly can't keep everyone's doings straight. ;)


  1. Oh, your novella sounds so lovely! My NaNo project was just over 50k words and was a Cinderella retelling from the perspective of another girl that wished to marry the prince, and happened to be Cinderell's best friend. It was a hard story to write -- very sad and depressing at times. But I'm very happy with it for a first draft. And I love my ending. Good luck to your writing goals! For Decemeber I plan to finish rewrites in the last book of my six-book novella series then start a fiction serial for my blog.

    1. Thank you!

      Wow, that sounds like such an interesting story! Congrats on hitting 50k!! It's so nice to be proud of a first draft, isn't it? ^.^

      Best of luck to you with your December goals as well!

  2. Congrats! I hope your wrists are okay as well! And those snippets sound pretty good.

    I hope things turn out well in 2019!

  3. Great job on your writing, Abi! I know that must have taken so much determination (and caffeine *winks*), but you did it! I can't wait to discover how God uses Simply Jane Smith. And, although I'm so looking forward to Martin Crossroads , girl, don't let it kill you. Live in God's timing. I'll be so excited in whatever ways and times He leads! *hugs* Keep being the awesome person He made you to be, dear friend. ♥

    1. Thanks so much, Hosanna.

      Yes, learning to live in His timing has been a wonderful challenge for me, especially with regards to my writing. Thanks so much for the encouragement and understanding! <3

  4. MARTIN CROSSROADS woohoo!!! I'll be first in line to purchase it. :D Simply Jane Smith sounds fun! Can't wait, friend!

    also nooooo don't be kilt by MC :(

  5. Great job on your NaNo goal, Abi!!! I hope you have a great writing experience in 2019!

    ~Katja L.


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