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I Finished NaNo!


I am extremely excited to announce that I have completed, and won, my first NaNoWriMo. Considering that it took me 3 years to write 120,000 words, I am pretty proud of myself for persevering and getting through 50,000 words in one month. In fact, I finished the month of November out with a grand total of 56,000 words. Yipee!!

I estimate that the story is about half done. I am hoping to have the remaining 44,000 words completed by the second week of January. Then edits will begin. Yay. My least favorite part of this entire writing deal.

My ultimate goal is to have Clara’s Story (which will likely be getting a new title) published by June of 2016. I am going to have to push myself, but I think I can do it.

At the beginning of this month, I told myself that I desperately needed a break from Never Alone #1. When you’ve been working on something for a solid two years, it is hard to look at it with anything other than, “I JUST WANT TO BE DONE!!!!!”

It was hard, but I didn’t allow myself to look at any documents that had anything to do with the trilogy. Don’t get me wrong…I was thinking about the story as much, if not more, than when I am actively working on it. I missed my characters terribly!

Something funny happened about three weeks into November. I was furiously typing away at Clara’s Story in my writing cave (bedroom) when my fifteen year old brother walked in. After chatting for a few minutes, I whined, “I miss my characters from Never Alone sooooo bad!”

And my dear bro, logical as he is, raised an eyebrow in that my-sister-is-a-nut-job way and, very slowly, said “Then open up the document and say hi.”

Though I giggled at his logical-ness, I didn’t heed his advice until November 30th. :)


Books I read in November: Ha! Maybe two.

Books I plan to read in December: The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman, Through the Tunnel by Rebekah Morris, Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, A Different Kind of Courage by Sarah Holman, Counted Worthy by Leah E. Good…those are a few that I am mostly looking to. Others, such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit I am not so excited about. :)

This blog post is getting very long. Kudos to you if you’ve read this far. :)


4 comments so far.

4 responses to “I Finished NaNo!”

  1. Hope says:

    ‘Then open the document and say hi.’ Too funny. ; )

    And congratulations on completing NaNo.

  2. Wow! Congratulations! That’s a lot of words! I can’t say that I’ve ever written that much in one month before, but that’s okay. I write books fast enough. (Though my readers might not think so. :P )

    I can understand about missing your characters. When I wrote my first book I spent 6 years working on it. That’s a long time to live with characters and it was hard to part.

    All those books you mentioned made me want to go read.

    • Ivy says:

      Thank you! It is a lot of words!

      I can imagine how hard it is to part for good with beloved characters! Good for me though…I don’t think I will be done with the Never Alone books for a few years yet. (Actually, I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. ;) )

      Aren’t those books amazing? I can’t wait to read them all…I wish I could read 5 books at once! :)

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