Monday, November 1, 2010


Hi, my name's Melissa and I write slow. And that's OK!

Also, I never focus on word count, because I've learned from experience that just doesn't work for me. It's all right if you're different!

So, NaNoWriMo? More like NaNoChanceInHell. But I do want to participate, and I love setting unrealistic and unattainable goals for myself (it's like a hobby), so I'm going to give it a go, playing by my own set of rules.

My goal: Finish the rough draft of the sequel to Knights of Avalon by 11:59pm on November 30.

I'm already about 35% done and I have a definite idea of where the story's going, so it should be less daunting than writing a novel from the ground up.

The Rules

1. It's OK if I don't finish. Even in trying this, I'll have made more progress than I otherwise would have.

2. I won't sacrifice quality for quantity. Channel the spirit of the turtle, slow and steady is the way to go.

3. I don't have to write every night. With my job and other responsibilities, it's just not possible.

4. Most importantly, I will have fun!

The Prizes

Because everything's better with prizes. Here's the deal: I'll post updates throughout the month on how I'm doing. I doubt it'll happen, but if by some miracle I meet my goal, I'll have a huge book giveaway. Even if I don't finish, I'll still do a contest, with me giving away more stuff the further along I get in the story.

I guess I better get started, because I've got a lot of writing ahead of me. Onwards! (Slowly)


  1. Writing slow is fine. :) I think the main intent of NaNoWriMo is to get folks pumped. It's so easy to procrastinate and do nothing. Trust me, I do it all the time. :) This NaNo thing has really gotten me moving. I've written more in the last five days then I've done the entire year. Without NaNo, I'm sure I'd be procrastinating and feeling like a loser for being unproductive.

    So here's to productivity!

  2. Woot! Congrats! Yeah, I'm poking a bit of fun at NaNo, but mostly I'm poking fun at myself and trying to make it work for me. I've got a couple of pages done so far, which for me, is a lot.

    So, what's your NaNo project about?

  3. Ah, a kindred spirit! I'm hoping to finish my current novel by the end of the month, too -- at my own pace, thank you very much. Good luck on your goals. I'll be sending morally supportive thoughts your way all month. :)

  4. I'm trying to knock out the third and final book of the Striped Ones series. I've yet to finish my edits on the first book, and I'm only about 10k in the second book. If you need a buddy, my user name is ReenaJacobs (