I’m in the middle of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This is my 10th year of striving to write 50K on a new novel in just 30 days of November. I’m working on my next War Unicorn Chronicles Book, temporarily titled RESCUE. The wonderful thing about participating in NaNoWriMo is that I know there are thousands, perhaps over a million by now, of other writers with that very goal during this month. (Not writing RESCUE, but their own 50K book.) My critique group even takes off during this month each year from our weekly subs and crits so that we can either cram out a rough draft or work on other writing projects. It’s a great writing month.
It’s also a horrid writing month. I mean, writing 1,667 words per day is stressful enough to put out, but there are also holidays, company, visits out of state, special church events, new community projects (training to be a high school mentor at a prep school), husband’s birthday, thinking about what needs to be done for the crazy month of December, plus, there are only 30 days vs the longer 31 days in other months.
Oh. Also this year I decided to try something new. One of my writing friends who also makes stained glass projects, says she sells more of her books at craft fairs than at book signings. So I signed up for two local fairs, but since they are craft fairs, I thought I ought to have some conventional hand crafts at my table besides my books. So I’ve been crafting this month, not with words, but with yarn and bottles and paint. Oh, my.
It’s killing me to be so distracted from my writing. I miss my characters. They’re on the cusp of a battle, for goodness sake. I miss my unicorn.
More unicorn time, please!
“All right,” I answer myself. So for the rest of this morning I shall drop everything else (including this long-overdue blog post) and every other thought of what needs to get done, in order to gallop off with Neighbor — my all-time favorite unicorn in this or any world. Wish me writing luck.
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