Category Archives: Nanowrimo

Camp NaNoWriMo and a new story underway

As you may know, I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) for several years now. Since 2006, I’ve “won” four times. The years I signed up but didn’t finish my story were still helpful, because I got words written when I might not have bothered to write anything at all.

This month is the first time I’ve signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s the same general gist, only it takes place in April and July instead of November. You can choose to participate in either month (or both!) and, if you finish, then you have another 50k novel under your belt.

Last November I finished my NaNo novel in — wait for it — 15 days. That was unreal progress, even for me. I swear at times that book wrote itself and just dragged me along for the ride!

This month I’m working on a new story titled Never Met a Stranger, which was inspired by a weekend visit with my 7 year old niece, Libbie. I started yesterday and wrote 2,571 words right out of the gate. If I can keep up that pace, I’ll finish by April 20. Fingers crossed!

Want to keep up with my progress? Check out my page at Camp NaNoWriMo. If you’ve signed up to participate, too, comment here with a link to your profile and a bit about the story you’re hoping to finish by the end of the month!

NaNoWriMo 2013 — Progress!

For the past several years, I’ve always found time to participate in NaNoWriMo. I like the camaraderie, and the unadulterated focus on getting the story down at any cost. No editing, no critiquing, nothing but creative inspiration and blood, sweat, and tears.

This year, I’ve surprised myself with my progress. Here it is, only day 6, and I’ve broken 20,000 words. WTF? I don’t write that much normally — my average word count on a daily basis is usually between 500 and 1,000 words, and if I do anything over that, I’m ecstatic.

But this story, tentatively entitled Just the Three of Us, is practically writing itself. The first day I finished chapter 1, at a little over 3,200 words in length. And I’ve kept that up every day since then, finishing a chapter a day, writing 3,400+ words and moving the story right along. I’m now on chapter 6, and anticipate at least 10 more to go before the story is finished.

Want to keep up with my progress? Check out my page at NaNoWriMo and, if you’re a member too, add me as a writing buddy. I’ll add you back!


NaNoWriMo 2013

So it looks like I’m going to be participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. My goal is to write a holiday-themed story that I’d like to get done, though at this point in time I only have the very basic sketch of a plot in mind. We’ll see what happens, eh?

I first tried my hand at NaNoWriMo  in 2006. That year I wrote Between Brothers, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could actually write 50,000 words in 30 days without quitting the day job or going mad in the process.

The next year, 2007, I had an obligation to write a series of short stories for Amber Quill Press. I signed up for NaNoWriMo again, and blatantly ignored the rule of writing just ONE story. My goal instead was that elusive 50k. I managed it, hitting the word count while writing the stories in my Vic and Matt series, The Positions of Love.

Then came 2008. When November rolled around, I was in the middle of another Vic and Matt story which later became Seventh Inning Stretch, which had a deadline for submission so I couldn’t just set it aside. But as soon as I finished it, I started my NaNo novel. Unfortunately, I got a little stuck and didn’t see it through. For the record, though, that story eventually did get done and became A Cowboy’s Heart.

In 2009, I didn’t sign up for NaNoWriMo. Things were hectic and I didn’t get much writing done, particularly near the end of that year because my elderly cats were both ill and required a lot of care and attention. I don’t remember exactly what I did write then, to be honest. I have really good records for some years and then squat for others.

In 2010, I started JMS Books. I was busy getting the business underway, republishing stories of mine that were coming out of contract, and editing upcoming releases for the press. This was the year I realized I had to farm out the editing if I hoped to keep writing as I published other people! I tried my hand at a story and got 30k into it before calling it quits. That half-a-novel is sitting on my hard drive, waiting to be finished. I know where it’s going; I just have to get it there. It’s a gender-bending sci-fi story that really is a lot of fun, and I love the two main characters. I just need to find a free moment to get them to their happily ever after.

Bored yet?

In 2011, I had a list of short stories I wanted to write. These were some YA stories that were eventually published under the name J. Tomas, and some gay erotic romance stories I released in 2012. Again, I followed the 50k rule, but not the one story rule.

Last year, 2012, I started November already working on something that eventually became A Present for Daddy. Then I fiddled around with another story that just wasn’t jiving for me then, but which came together nicely this past summer. At the end of the month, I started another novel I got about 30k into before setting aside (another fun one I can’t wait to finish, though I’m not quite sure where it’s going).

All that’s to say that THIS year, I hope to finish NaNoWriMo again! Wish me luck (and if you’re participating, too, add me as a buddy and I’ll add you back!). Good luck to us all!