NaNoWriMo 2022 Update – 20 Days In

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Here’s the second of my accountability updates for this year’s NaNoWriMo…

And things between days 10 and 20 did not go so well.

Day 11 I only added 1000 words to my total, but this wasn’t really an issue at the time as I was still on course to hit the month’s goal, which influenced my next decision. Days 12 and 13 were a Saturday and Sunday, and I’ve been trying to limit my screen time over the weekend in recent months. So, I made the conscious choice not to switch on my computer, and to be fair, I do write more in the week than at the weekends anyway. I thought I would easily make up the deficit. However, I then hit a snag. Technology failed me for 3 days, so no words added then either. That means 5 days straight and not a single word written. Sigh.

I had managed to close the gap by the end of Day 20, between where I was and where I would like to be, but I was still around 4000 words short of that target.

Unlike my first update, my contemporary romance novel is no longer the sole focus of my attention. Hitting that bump in the road knocked my concentration a bit, and so some of my other ongoing writing projects got a bit of time and effort spent on them. I do hope to return to the novel before November’s out though…

Hopefully days 20 to 30 will be kind to me…we shall have to see.

Are you joining in with NaNoWriMo this year? If you are, how are you finding it?

NaNoWriMo 2022 Update – 10 Days In

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Here’s the first of my accountability updates for this year’s NaNoWriMo…

And things are going surprisingly well after 10 days. I’m where I need to be if I’m to hit 50,000 words by the end of month. Interestingly though, my focus has shifted slightly compared to what I thought I would be working on this month.

My contemporary romance novel is still the centre of my attention, and I think it will be for the whole month, rather than turning towards some of my other ongoing writing projects. (We will have to wait and see).

I’ve found that not only am I am enjoying writing this story (no surprise there! – why would I be writing it if I didn’t like it?) but I am also enjoying editing it as I go along (something I don’t often do), whilst simultaneously planning some of the later unscripted chapters. This is not my usual writing process, but I am having so much fun flitting between the different aspects of crafting this novel.

Fingers crossed, the next 10 days will be as fruitful and enjoyable as these have been. I’m guessing that will all depend on whether I stay on target to reach my goal.

Are you joining in with NaNoWriMo this year? If you are, how are you finding it?

NaNoWriMo 2022

Last year, I promised myself that I would give myself permission to start a new novel for the challenge this year. However, rather surprisingly, I’ve taken the decision not to, even though I have completed a number of unfinished projects this year.

It wasn’t until the morning of the 1st of November that I made this call. Perhaps it was because I have started and finished a few stories in recent months, a novel (The City of Fallen Dreams), a serialised short story (Cemetery Blues) as well editing another novel (my Historical Romance Novel). Then there has been the stuff I’ve been posting over on Wattpad too. (In addition to The City of Fallen Dreams, there has been another seasonal short story, and the second volume of Chronicles of the Craft.)

So, if I’m not starting a new novel, what will I be doing?

I am once again opting for the NaNo Rebel path…I have put together a short list of WIPs to work on this month and hope to have at least one of them finished and maybe even edited by the end of the month. We shall see. But one thing is for certain, at the moment, I am enjoying finishing things…and I have an absolutely huge selection of WIPs to work through.

The first project on the list is One Christmas, a light-hearted contemporary romance, which I first started sharing on Wattpad a couple of years ago. It has since been taken down so that when finished it has a better chance of publication.

Then there are my Damon the Demon stories that I am extending into novellas. And the Historical Romance Novel mentioned above, is the first in a trilogy, so it would be good to get some words added to that. And should I need anything else to work on, I have an Andromache Jones Mystery that is calling to me again. So, there is no shortage of projects!

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? If yes, what are you working on?

I can be found over on the NaNoWriMo site by searching for my profile name: Sammi Cox. Hope to see you over there 🙂

Good luck to all those participating!