Over the past year, I kept seeing this weird-looking word pop up in writing discussion groups and on websites. So, I decided to look into it and found out that it’s one of the most ambitious things that I’ve ever heard of. NaNoWriMo stands for National November Writing Month and it’s about two hundred and fifty thousand crazy people doing our level best to write at least 50,000 words each. In a novel. In thirty days. Yeah, I know, right? Absolutely nuts! And I’m going for it!

I’ve been working on the outline, characters and planets for many months now. I’ve even had to re-start the series–twice. Now that I know the right direction, I can spend the next fourteen days working on the new outline, new characters (don’t worry, Setch isn’t going anywhere, he’s getting a bigger role), and all seven prevalent star systems.

The great thing about this fantastically insane roller coaster ride, is that they encourage you to just write. No editing, no prettying it up, just write. Yes, I will end up writing a bunch of junk that is in dire need of fixing. But the point is, that at the end of November, I will have close to or over half of my first novel completed.

The way I estimate it, there are 30 days in the month, four of which are Sabbath, so that leaves me with 26 days with 1924 words a day. And again I say, ABSOLUTELY NUTS! I can’t wait.

That said, I know that my posts have been a tad sporadic lately. And I do apologize. However, just to show how extraordinarily off my rocker I am, I will try to write once a week to let you all know how the process is coming along. Especially since I know there are some of you who would like to keep tabs on Setch.

So, starting next Monday, and for the subsequent five weeks afterwards, I’ll give you updates on how the planning and then the writing process is going. I’m counting on all of you to keep me encouraged, kick me in the butt when I need it, and send lots of prayers my way. And pray for my husband. I am truly looking forward to this and hope you’ll take this journey with me.



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