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Today is the last day of NANOWRIMO.


NANOWRIMO is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month.

It is an initiative that started back in 1999 by a group of writers in San Francisco to encourage each other write a novel, fifty thousand words, in thirty days. This initiative had only grown exponentially over the last twenty-one years. So now millions of people in countries all over the world participate.

Some familiar titles have been from Nanowrimo winners such as:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Entrechats by Cecile Duquenne

In truth Nanowrimo winners don’t automatically get a publishing contract or anything tangible. What makes someone a Nanowrimo winner is setting a goal and accomplishing it. Sometimes just sitting down to write something is the hardest part. But somehow the structure and encouragement of the NANO website and community make the goal of 50,000 words less daunting.

Last Novemeber’s NANOWRIMO was a bust because of kids’ illnesses and my back going out, which at times felt like a spiritual battle more than anything. So, anything is better than last year.

This year is the first year I can call myself a NANOWRIMO WINNER!!!!!!

It has been both the longest and shortest month ever, and I am choosing to be proud and thankful for what I’ve accomplished.

I am so thankful I took on this challenge. As I’ve said before in this blog, it has taken a lot of mental and spiritual battles to get to the place of putting my writing in front of others. Or even completing a novel entirely. In the past, I usually get stuck about two-thirds through because of self- doubt.

God has truly been working on me this year, and showing me what I’m capable of doing. Really what he is capable of doing in and through me.

The future of what I’ve been working on is unknown right now. I need to let it sit for awhile like a good steak before I start digging in to editing and prepping it for other people’s eyes.

Now to take December off and enjoy the holiday sea

son. Blogs will still come out once a week, so be on the lookout for how we celebrate Christmas around here.


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