NaNo Day 13

This isn't easier. The first NaNo was my first finished novel. And to be fair, it wasn't all that hard to write. I didn't outline. It was terrible. I knew I was going to trash it. About halfway through, I had the epiphany that I really was a YA writer. My passion lives there. "Driver, can you take me to 3129 YA Lane?" Oh, dear. I'm screen drunk at this point. It was a good experience though. 

Then I wrote my book baby, the one I poured blood, sweat, tears, and more sweat into. The one that I thought I was learning the lessons that would make my next novel easier to write.

It's not. If anything, it's harder. Because now I know about the blood, sweat, tears. I know how long it takes to scrub and polish.

Also. I've given up chocolate. This may have something to do with it. Last NaNo I had chocolate. So much chocolate. 

For those who like to gawk at my misery, here's my current standing:

8170 / 50000 words. 16% done!


  1. Yay, I'm so glad you found my blog! Thanks for following! And I'm doing NaNo for the first time this year. I'm really loving it! And I agree, knowing what it takes to make a novel "good" is a little hard to swallow sometimes! This is the first time I've ever outlined anything before writing it, and I'm really liking the process. Hope things go well for your NaNo project!

  2. I'm right there with you. Actually, not even quite as far along as you, this year. I just switched gears from revising/editing to drafting and it is going super slow!

    Good luck with your nano novel!

  3. I know exactly how you feel. Keep going though. You'll feel better the further you get.

  4. Keep going! You can do it!

    And get back chocolate ;)

  5. I'm cheering for you, Karen! Write on . . .

  6. Go, Karen, go! You're doing it, which is more than many of us can say! Wahoo!