November 1st is here and for my first day participating in NaNoWriMo, I have written 1,130 words. I look at my progress chart, which tells me at this rate I will reach my 50K word count on December 15th.
But it doesn’t matter.
This year I embark on this journey worrying less about my daily word count and enjoying every minute of it, in front of the laptop, banging out word after word, letting my imagination run wild. I may end up with 20K words or 80K, who knows, but I am challenging myself one way or the other.
I will finish my first draft by the end of the year.
As the natural detourist I am, I’ve strayed from my initial novel, Blood Ties. I had worked on it for nearly six years, but then realized it was not meant to be. Yet, it didn’t go to waste. I learned so much in those six years. The struggle of outlining, the many revisions, the character profiles, the plot building. All of them provided me with the foundation for my current work in progress, something I wouldn’t be able to tackle without those years of preparation.
So here is [Untitled], my name-less novel that so far accumulated 39,722 words. It boasts bits and pieces from Blood Ties, a new format, an actual outline that for the first time has been completed from start to end, and is housed on my Good drive, neatly categorized in different folders.
I look forward to this month long journey, looking at each moment as a learning experience. And who knows, this NaNoWriMo, I may actually win the challenge.
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An anxiety disorder and the chaos created by a dysfunctional family are more than Hera can handle. But when she’s abducted from her home one night and taken in a secret hide out buried deep in a forest, she realizes she has bigger problems.
Hera always regarded herself as weak, uncomfortable in her own skin, and someone living in fear. When Ethen enters her life with the earth shattering revelation of psychic vampires and a prophecy claiming she’s the High Priestess of their kind, she believes she’s finally lost her mind.
Trapped in the middle of a war between psychic and blood vampires, where finding her true self is far more frightening than the battle raging ahead, she must draw from her weakness in order to find her strength.
A story that intertwines psychic and blood vampires, magic, and the desire to find healing and strength amid the ashes of self-doubt and loss.
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