October 29, 2015

My Dream Chasing Update

It's 5:10 am.

The house is quiet. No one is stirring. Except me, of course. Because this is my writing time.

Every morning, I wake up at 5:00 and stumble through the dark into my writing nook. I throw a blanket over my legs, open up my laptop, and begin writing. Most days, I'm able to get close to 1000 words before anyone else gets up. Since starting this routine a few weeks ago, I've managed to complete the first draft of my current work-in-progress (WIP) - Between Shadow and Light, Book 1 of the Corners series. (SUPER YAY!!!)

With that huge milestone under my belt, I've spent this week reviewing my manuscript and writing editorial notes. I'm also compiling a story bible to keep track of all the details for my characters, settings, abilities, etc. It's all in preparation for November - National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo.

I last participated in NaNoWriMo three years ago. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, which averages out to 1,667 words a day. I managed to eke out my 50,000th word on November 29th and earned my winner's certificate that hangs on my wall. It was hard work and long hours, but it taught me how to write consistently and for more than just a few minutes at a time. I'm now disappointed when I don't write more than 1000 words or the equivalent each day.

My not-so-secret identity is showing! :)

This year, I'll be doing a revision, which isn't technically allowed to be official. But I have the same goal in mind - add 50,000 words to my WIP since I tend to write really short on first drafts. It's more important to me to get the storyline out than it is to focus on the details the first time around. Now that I've got the main story written, fleshing out the story both excites and terrifies me. Especially since I've never revised a first draft before.

But I'm determined. This is happening. I will finish this book and prep it for querying. I have an amazing support group full of equally amazing people who nag, challenge, and encourage me as I chase this dream of mine. And I have my Dream Chasers for inspiration - most of which have gone and done this very thing.

And you. My wonderfully, fantastically, spectacular readers. How can I disappoint you?

So, as I embark on this next step in my journey, I ask for one thing. Comment below. Shout out your support and encouragement. Nag me, challenge me, encourage me. Send words of love and support. I'm excited, scared, freaked out, nervous, anxious, and thrilled for what's coming next and I could really use the help.

Believe in me. Just as I believe in you.


  1. You're scaring me. :o NaNoWriMo is supposed to be fun... isn't it? I'm sure you can do it; but I'll challenge you right now to try to get more words written each week than me. You'll of course fail miserably to my awesome prowess in writing; but at least try. :D
    My first drafts tend to be short as well. That's part of my worry, I'll get through my entire outline and only have half the word count needed. That'd be pretty scary. Oh well. Here's to hoping. Good luck!

  2. Get it done....or else!
    Ok, I don't have a real threat, but I hope it's still intimidating enough for you....?
    Maybe I should stick to just encouraging.
    You can do this, and we all know that to be a 100% fact. You have come so crazy far in the past couple years. It's going to be some rough work, but you're hard core enough that you will make it through. So grab some chocolate (in the form of cookies, Preece's, or hot cocoa..... or all 3! Yes, preferably all 3), smile big, and dive into it!


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