So I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. For those who don’t spend an ungodly amount of time following writing things (it’s a technical term), NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is dedicated to helping writers complete their novels in one month. A goal of 50,000 words is the plan.
First of all, I knew I was never going to write that many words. Second of all, I don’t think I thought this all the way through.
My plan was to start and finish a new novella and to write two short stories for a couple of anthology projects. That was my plan.
One of the stories was put on hold, so I could check that off my list.
One of the stories is only half-finished, and I’ve promised the editor he’ll get it by Friday.
And my kinky-as-fuck novella with Madame Gretchen is about a third of the way through.
I wrote a total of about 11,000 words in November. I wrote more in September and October – without the added
pressure help from NaNoWriMo.
My only excuse is that I got busier with my vanilla writing. (Yay, right?) This is my first year as a freelancer and I don’t know how much business will be available over the holidays, so I overloaded myself with work every chance I got. Which means something had to be set to the side, and my erotic writing was the sacrificial lamb.
I’ve gotten busier with my writing and work.
Apparently the freelancing writing gods are smiling down on me. Not only was there work to overload on through November, I also had some major successes.
I won’t say who (yet) but I just signed a writing contract to be a contributor for a major adult website. Yay!!!!! Once I start publishing articles for them, I’ll tell you all about it and share the links.
I was hired to be the Marketing Director for BTSeMag (OMG!). It’s a part-time gig, but it lets me flex my marketing muscles in a new and different way that I enjoy.
I picked up my first big vanilla client (big as in a monthly payment that’s three times my previous “biggest” client). Yay!!!!!!!!!
But I don’t like the idea of giving up my fiction writing. It’s a creative outlet for me, and when I’m in the zone of crafting a story, I’m a very happy girl.
Instead of trying to write as if I’m in a marathon – lots of hours, lots of words – the plan is to write in little chunks of time almost every day. 30 minutes at a time, at least once a day. Hopefully, with this new plan, I’ll finish all the projects running through my mind before my kids graduate college.
We’ll see how that goes. You’ll know I’m making progress when I have more unedited excerpts to share.
Awww Good for You! This writing lark is hard – I started writing freelance articles 🙂 It’s all great fun. You’ve just got to do what suits you and what fits. Wishing you lots of success!!!
Thank you! With some of the opportunities available, I wish I’d known about this a year ago. Maybe I wouldn’t have felt so poor, lol.
This has been a crazy month for us both, it seems things have spun up and aren’t letting up anytime soon.
As long as we work *together* on all of it, we’ll be fine. 🙂
I also failed HARD at NaNoWriMo this month. My goal is to write more regardless.
Congratulations on all of your opportunities! I’m glad to see your hard work paying off for you and your family. 🙂
It’s a fail, but not really. 🙂
Thank you! I have to remind myself that it isn’t a race, and patience is a virtue. Except I want every single plan to come to fruition NOW, damn it. /giggles
I view NaNoWriMo as a kind of cultural insanity. I think failing at it speaks to being a very sane person.
Me? Sane? Whaaaa?? /giggles
I didn’t even try NaNo this year. I knew it wouldn’t happen from the onset that’s why I did a blog post a day instead. Much more feasible.
Yay on all the awesome happening for you! You’re great at that. I need you as my motivator and marketing director. Maybe I’d get noticed. Good luck on your personal creative writing endeavors. 🙂
Between you and nilla, my gears are turning over here. I would love to create something (an EMPIRE /evil laugh) that lets me help writers.
Uh oh, an evil submissive empire???
/giggles…no! An evil writing, publishing, and marketing empire. If I started an evil submissive empire, you’d *definitely* call me a brat!
Indeed, don’t stop or give up the things you like to do, even if you face some temporary setbacks. Keep the passion on !
No stopping or giving up allowed here – just acceptance that nothing happens as quickly as I’d like. 🙂
For the first time this year I won NaNoWriMo and this was my third try. The other years I failed, and I don’t even have proper reasons for it like you do. In the end we should all do what we do, right, and you had other priorities.
Good luck on finishing your projects 🙂
Thank you! And congratulations!! Third time’s the charm!