Write, NaNos, Write!

It’s that time of year again! NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. The objective is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in one month. If you are unfamiliar with it, you can read more about it HERE.

At 2a.m. this morning, I began my 10th year of participating. I’m unsure of my plot. My characters have no names- unless “she” and “he” count. I’ve written over 300 words. Not bad for someone who likes to plan just a wee bit more than I have this time!


I find that quotes often give me a boost when I need it so I thought I would share some of my favorite words of encouragement from other writers. Whether you are taking part in the NaNo craziness or doing your own thing, I hope they inspire you to keep moving!

  • “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”  -Anne Lamott
  • “Don’t get it right, just get it written.” -James Thurber
  • “You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”  -Jodi Picoult
  • “Ideas aren’t magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.”  -Lynn Abbey
  • “Writers are always anxious, always on the run–from the telephone, from responsibilities, from the distractions of the world.” -Edna O’Brien

photo a day welcome november

And so November begins! I’m not sure how this will end but I’m determined to make to 50,000 words come hell or high water! Best of luck to my fellow participants!!

Photo a day- Welcome November

Happy November 1st!




NaNoWriMo 2017

“I never meant to fall in love. At least, not with either of them.”

And so begins my novel for NaNoWriMo this year. I’m 5 days in and I’m nearly 2 days behind. Gulp. 50,000 words in 30 days is no small feat and I was aware of it when I decided to go for my 8th run.

This year is my most unprepared pantsing year to date and I’m curious to see if I can pull it off. I’m typically a cross between a pantser and a plotter but this year is pure pantsing. I’ve got three main characters- Zelda, Holden and Lennon. I have a point of view- first person. and these characters are forming as I type. As this story unfolds, it will be a surprise to me.

I’m going to hang in there and keep plugging away. I know that attitude plays a big part and if I can just stay positive and keep writing, I can catch up.

I’m enjoying the challenge but I already feel a bit of pressure to not let my blogging fall behind. (And then there are the little guys and recovering loved one……and an upcoming road trip….. and Thanksgiving…….)

And I’m ignoring the line on my stats page on the NaNo website that reminds me- “At This Rate You Will Finish On- December 30, 2017.” !?!?!


Five days in and I can tell you that-

1- I am not a pantser!

2- Next year I’m going to plot, plot, plot!!

How about you? Anyone out there taking on this challenge? If so, how’s it going? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Wishing all of my fellow NaNo participants the best of luck and may the words be on your side!




Quick Check-in

Here we are, almost at the halfway point in NaNoWriMo and I have-

  • Ditched my original story at 3700 words after week 1.
  • Picked up the original topic that I was originally going to go with but ditched before picking up the one that I ditched after the first week…. if that makes any sense.
  • Promptly got buried under a baby teething/fighting a cold, a 6 year old with a cold and some stressed out kids
  • Had 3 sleepless nights due to a sore back/outrageous winds
  • Finally let my husband convince me that the world will not end if disappear for a weekend and get some much needed downtime to rest a sore back and WRITE, and within 5 minutes of deciding that I would do that-
  • Kris sent out multiple crisis texts and said he needed to come home this weekend- not wantedneeded.
  • This promptly canceled my weekend of rest and writing.
  • Instead I created a Facebook page for people to drop in and support each other or do whatever they want–within reason….

So, here is the Facebook Page- please feel free to stop by and say hi!

NaNoWriMo Hangout

And if you aren’t on Facebook (and even if you are), how are you doing on your novel? I would love to hear about your progress? Word count? Thoughts on whether or not it’s okay for me to count that original 3700 in my own count?

Kat Got Your Tongue- Sleep


This week’s prompt- SLEEP!

Friend or foe?

Share your thoughts (coherency is not required if you’re sleep deprived) or a favorite photo.

Want to know what I think about sleep?

You can read it at In Need of a Kat Nap



Christine at No Empty Nest for Me and I discussed coming up with goals based on the oneword365 idea and surprisingly enough, we chose the same word- FOCUS!

My blogging friend, Cai, has a great list of things he is hoping to implement this year which will help him reach some big goals.

My friend, Hugh, over at Hugh’s Views & News is waiting for warmer weather to make his resolutions and he was very successful with last year’s.

Winter Bayne goes with a yearly motto and the 2015 motto has been revealed. I like this idea, as well as the one world for the year idea.

Maria at Peaceful Yoga Mama has a different approach to choosing her word for the year. She creates a vision board and pulls a tarot card for the year.

Joy at Tellin’ it like it is… feels that she is more of a goal setter.

It was fun hearing from all of you! I can’t wait to hear how all the goals, resolutions, words and mottos work out for everyone!

Have a good day! Hope you’re catching your zzzzz’s!