2017 Nanowrimo Reflection


It’s been 5 days since the madness.

5 days later, I’m starting to have the itch to write again.

I was pretty quiet on my blog during November since I focused on nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). This is an insane, annual activity where authors attempt to write a novel (50,000) words in one month.

Yes, 50,000 words or 1,667/day. (Insert rant of how it’s unfair that a historical fiction novel is more like 80k-100k words…)

As a full-time working mother who likes to remain somewhat sane, I set a personal goal of 30,000 words towards the sequel to Apricots and Wolfsbane, and am pleased to say I made it. It’s not an “official” nano win since it’s 20,000 words short, but dang-it, I’m calling it a personal win! My official word count was 30,547 and the story draft is sitting ~47,000 words to date.


Apricots and Wolfsbane was a 2016 nanowrimo project and I also wrote ~30,000 words during the month. I somehow kept up that trajectory during December 2016, but I doubt that is going to happen this year. Frankly, I’m burnt out! Also, marketing for Apricots and Wolfsbane is taking a lot of my writing time, but I have some exciting events in the works for 2018 I plan to announce in the coming weeks!

The good news: I am loving my draft novel so far and am so pleased with how it is coming. I hope to have the first draft finished in early 2018.

But more importantly, I made some new author friends last month. Thank you to everyone who word-sprinted with me and for the fantastic community and encouragement.

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