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NaNoWriMo | Diving Blindly


You made it.  The weekend has arrived at last, and yet, another week of October is past.  (Whoa.  That rhymed.  O_O)  Already??  That must surely bring to mind the impending doom er, joy of NANOWRIMO.  National Novel Writing Month.  *cue faint scream in the distance*  

Well, if you are INSANE, like me, you've probably signed up for it this year.  Is that true?  If so, AWESOME!! Wanna be buddies?  I could use all the help and friends I can get.  ;D  (I'm currently trying to persuade one of my sisters to jump on this crazy bandwagon. *fingers crossed*)

As you've most likely guessed, this is a post to say it's official, I'm gonna do this.  But also to explain why I signed up, and what I expect of myself. 


*deep breaths*
I signed up rather unexpectedly.  Honestly, I hadn't given NaNo a single thought this year.  I've heard of it in the blogging/writing world, and many of my friends have taken part, but it hadn't crossed my mind to join in.  Especially this year as I'm a wife now.  I have many new responsibilities, including caring for my hubby, managing a home, planning for the future, being diligent in my job, Etsy shop, etc. etc.  

And here I am diving blindly, but oddly enough, I'm getting rather excited!

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I love writing.  While I've yet to actually COMPLETE a story, my dream is to one day be published.  I can just imagine a gorgeous book cover with my name on it someday filling a shelf in one or three beloved bookstores.

That's a dream anyway.  A dream I've joined the NaNo community to be one step closer to fulfilling.  Maybe this is the push--or shove, rather--I need to finish the first draft of my novel.  Maybe it's the motivation to be diligent in completing the daily quota to actually bring my WIP to the level of editing, and then [hopefully] to pursue publishing.

November is a busy month for me.  But, Lord willing, the end result will be worth it!

110%. At the very least.

I want to give the best of myself in meeting my 2k word-count goal each day.  I want to write as much as I can, without second-guessing myself and feeling like it's a horrible, no-good story and will come to nothing.  {NO!  No, sirree.  I have the means, I have a mighty pen, and I'm a pretty-darn-good typer. :]}  I want to meet new friends, gain writing buddies, and much coveted advice in how to survive my very first NaNo, and yes, NOT DIE in the process.

But most importantly, I want to have FUN.  Because that is my ultimate goal.  Even if, by the time December 1st rolls around, I don't have the word "winner" by my name--maybe due to the realities of my life now (and, unfortunately, that is my current mindset: that I won't make it)--then I want to be satisfied with the simple fact that I had fun, I enjoyed myself, my Noya story is much further along than it was originally, and I'm that much closer to my dream.

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So, with all that said, I present my WIP and my NaNoWriMo novel:
{Photo via Pinterest.  Wording via Font Candy app.}

Book Blurb
{someday soon to be on GoodReads *wink wink*)

She sacrificed everything for a beloved brother.
Only to gain an eternal prison.

He has lived an empty life for nearly 500 years.
Could one mere girl possibly change his cursed darkness?
Once upon a time, a girl named Noya and her family lived comfortably in the booming city of Mearn. They have lacked for nothing her entire life, but all that changes when her father's once-lucky fleet of famed merchant ships find their fate in the depths of the sea after a monstrous storm.  And all their great wealth disappears.

In an effort to save his family, Noya's father gathers her, her three brothers, and what belongings remain to their name, and moves to the country leagues away where they begin a humble existence.
But little do they know their paths will soon cross with that of a. . .
For what greater act of love is there than the sacrifice of one to save another?
And in loving the unlovable, can one lowly girl break a 500-year enchantment?

Or is it not up to her?

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Here's to NaNo 2017, my friends!

Best of luck, y'all.


  1. Yay! A Beauty and the Beast retelling! How fun!

    Good luck this November!


  2. YOU'VE GOT THIS!!!!

    I think it's so wonderful you signed up to give yourself that push to finish a WIP. Let me tell you, NaNoWriMo is what turned my writing around. I've always loved writing, but I only did it occasionally and didn't take it NEARLY as seriously as I should. Plus I neverrr finished my stories. Then I did NaNo. After that, I realized I COULD finish a story, and NOT take yeeeears to do it. And I also realized I LOVED WRITING. I knew I did, of course, but NaNo showed me that writing was 100% what I wanted to do with my life. It took all that doubt away. It also helped me find writing friends and resources and just flung me right into seeking out a career with this writing thing.

    I share all that to say, I THINK YOU'RE MAKING A WONDERFUL DECISION. You're going to have the best time!

    Alsoooo YOUR STORYYYYY. I was so excited to get more of a look at it. It just sounds so beautiful! Oh what a happy day it'll be to see that on shelves. It's gonna happen! Keep pursuing your dream! <3333

  3. NaNo is definitely a wild ride, but it's SO rewarding—even without hitting 50K! There's something really encouraging and inspiring in knowing there are thousands of other writers working toward the same goals at the same time, all around the world. And keeping in mind that it's about having fun and just enjoying the attempt makes it so much easier to write!

    Your novel sounds so amazing! I can't wait to read it one day! ;D


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