My NaNoWriMo life

November 17, 2011

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How Participating in the Annual National Novel Writing Month events  led to my first published Short Story Collection

NaNoWriMo ( The event that asks you to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days) began in 1999, but, being a late bloomer, I got into it November 2001.

It was a wonderful month. Actually, every year it’s a wonderful month. Year after year. The heaven of writing so intently, 50K words seem to magically end up on the page.

Since that first try, I’ve written first drafts or completed drafts of 8 full novels. And from them, I’ve culled enough short stories that I was able to add 6 of them to the 17 that make up the entire collection of Claiming One.

Part of this joy is in the writing; that month of abandonment and camaraderie with other NaNo’s.

Part of it is in the continuing of the work beyond the month of excitement and bringing these novels into full sized works -But it didn’t end there.

The Magic 3rd Point in the triangle came to fruition with the connecting of that last leg of work: that – for me- is the joy of the completed works.

Pulling a chapter from the in-progress-novels and honing it to a newer perfection took a newer step.  Writing every day is  joy times 365.  How can you say no to that much joy? Why would someone what to?

Yea NaNoWorMo! Long live Joy of Writing.

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