Exciting news! I was just made a NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for the Finger Lakes Region!
If you’re in the area and either already a WriMo, or want to become one, look us up on the forums!
In case you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, let me expand on this a little.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and is a free program and community for writers of all experience levels. The basic goal is to write a complete first draft novel during the month of November. It’s a community effort of group write-ins, word sprints and mentoring, both online and in person. It is a growing experience and a safe space for creative expression.
NaNo is broken up into regions for promotion, support, and other benefits. The Finger Lakes region is basically Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Tompkins, Yates and Wayne, NY counties. The ML is the coordinator for the Regional events. During NaNo (November) & the camps (April & July) they organize meet ups, write-ins, social events, etc. They are also the moderator(s) of their regional forum.
I’m still unpacking all of the information, but I wanted to shout this out. More to come, soon!
August 1, 2019
I have been participating in NaNoWriMo for 10 years, and Camp NaNo in April & July for each of the last 5 years, for a grand total of 20 attempts. This is the first time that I have finished a brand new writing project during one of the month-long events. It is a rough draft memoir about motherhood and mental health.
It’s ugly. It’s nowhere near done. And it will probably stay that way. However, I did learn a few things about myself during this process — and got a new novel idea, which I started mapping out today!
Honestly, I don’t feel that much different than I did a week ago — except that now I have actually set a writing goal that I achieved. I always get around to getting it done, but never on time. Frankly, my confidence about my writing has been in the toilet lately. There’s been a lot of *meh* in my notebooks these last few years.
- My lack of teasable and usable ideas
- My inability to commit to any ideas long enough to create something worth getting excited about
- My obvious ignorance about the entire process
- ADHD (that actually explained A LOT)
- Lack of time &/or focus in my personal life
- Overall ennui
To be able to say that I pushed through even when I had no idea how I could, would or should, has been a boost to morale around my writing desk. I know that I can finish these other projects. More than knowing that I can, I now how to get it done. I’m excited to move onto my next project, and I hope it turns out to be worthy of sharing.
Keep on scribbling!
May 31, 2019 – Friday
My goal for this week was to update my website and finish a chapter on my work-in-progress. I was able to update my website last night, although I have made a mental note to *never* attempt to do that again from my mobile. What a nightmare! I haven’t been able to write much today, but I did work on my book cover. I’m not sure I like it yet, but I needed something as a placeholder for another spot.
So, there you have it. I’m not a graphic designer, nor have I ever claimed to be. This one doesn’t sing to me. I may have to get my husband on the payroll once I finish the book. This is kind of his day job area.
My goal for this project is to complete the 1st draft before June 30th so that I can use July’s Camp Nanowrimo to work on edits. Ultimately, I want this completed by Labor Day. After that, I’ll have to figure out the publishing parts!
As of May, I am still writing the 1st draft of my Camp Nano project, working title: IDEK: Letters on Motherhood. I didn’t actually get as much written in April as I wanted, but May has been much more productive. I’m aiming for a completed rough draft for Summer Camp Nanowrimo in June!
In April, I am participating in Camp Nanowrimo. My current project is an expository collection of short stories based on life after Motherhood. It’s weird and ugly, and beautiful – and not enough people talk about it honestly.
In January, I gave birth to my third child – a daughter – and began the planning of my latest work.
November: I missed the first day of NaNoWriMo 2017 due to what I now know was impending illness. As of November 5th, I am struggling to catch up. However, the idea is strong in my mind and I am determined to get it out into the world where it can bother someone else. It is a conceptual blended theme which is loosely based on the loss of my partner’s parent.
Working title: Letters to My Husband
June 2017 – Wrapping up the latest work, a self-help style memoir focusing on meditation for beginners, and how to incorporate the practice into your daily life.
July 2017 – Camp Nanowrimo, a summer version of the very popular NaNoWriMo. This summer I will be writing a sometimes-fictional collection of stories about growing up on Keuka Lake, New York. It’s a collection of tall tales, campfire stories and the recollections of an aging child of flower children about the juxtaposition of a guarded, yet wild childhood. Visit my author page to follow along.
July 2017: Shadowboxing (IP) – a fictional collection of stories dealing with the realities of anxiety & depression, and the effects of these symptoms on young adults’ lives.
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