#amreading challenge community goals Novel 1 Novel 2 Novel 3


I was MIA this past month due to a slew of events: family visiting, new projects at work, and, simply, the continuing Writer’s Block. I didn’t complete Writo de Mayo again; I probably quit earlier this year than last year due to the unforeseen busy weeks in May.

However, this past week I have been trying to get myself back into writing again with some exercises from The Pocket Muse. It’s a good change of pace from reading all the reference/self-help books I’d read in the past month; after awhile, my mind turns to mush if I read too much of similar material. I need to get back to reading fiction again.

This next week, I anticipate finally printing out the first drafts of Novels 2 & 3, Dark Prayer’s Song and Time Abroad. I’ve also revisited my plot for Novel 1, Writing the Past, and realize that probably part of the reason why I’ve avoided revising the novel is because I’m still a little iffy over the restructured plot.

Slowly, but surely, things will get done.

#amwriting NaNoWriMo Novel 3

The Start of NaNoWriMo 2008.

Well, it is now November, and it’s hard to believe that already another NaNoWriMo is upon me. I remember last year, when I stumbled upon a blog entry one of my friends had made about participating in NaNoWriMo. It was late October, and I just suddenly thought, “Well, why not?”

So I proceeded to register for NaNoWriMo and then just jumped right in without even looking. I read the book that founder/creator Chris Baty wrote, and just clicked away on my laptop with whatever thoughts I wanted to fit into my novel. It was my first time actually embarking on writing a novel, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.

In the end, I did manage to reach that 50K word-count goal, and then some. It felt exhilarating and wonderful to know that I had completed a novel. It was also a much more important victory for me since, at that point in time, I didn’t have much going for me in terms of work/jobs. It was a semi-traumatic time in my life, and I suppose NaNoWriMo saved me at that point.

This year, I am participating in NaNoWriMo again, but of course under different circumstances. Now with a somewhat stable job and a little wiser (I would hope so, anyway), I wonder about how this novel will turn out this time. I had attempted to write a second novel beginning in early January of this year, but I still have not completed that novel. I guess I feel more motivated/set on finishing a novel when I am aware that there are millions of others doing the same task as I am. It’s more comforting in some ways.

Well, onward to 30 days of insanity.