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Tapping out of NaNo, but still writing

I started strong, really strong. While I got behind early in Pedigree, I maintained par in my second story and eventually got caught up here. Alas, life had different plans.

I say life, but I was unable to balance my attention between family business and writing. I don’t talk about my writing with family. I don’t want them involved. But my attention and energy went elsewhere and without having good boundaries established, I fell behind.

Basically, every free moment I found, I filled with nothing. They call that “self-care” now. And while my brain probably needed that break, I would have liked to have kept pace with my writing.

I’ve never won NaNo, for various reasons, so I’m not really disappointed. I’m going to write at least 1K a day in each project (it’s now four with my two Vella stories – Wound, and another starting soon (I think I see my problem)) and I will be publishing early next year once book 3 in Pedigree’s series is written.

Thanks for reading this far, and if you’d like to sample my writing, you can read the first three episodes of Wound for free on Kindle Vella. I’d love your feedback.

NaNoWriMo Progress Days 1 & 2

Looks like we can’t get those cute little widgets from nanowrimo.org anymore, so I’ll just make a short post to let you know that, HEY, I am not terribly behind.

As of the beginning of Day 3, I am only 256 words behind on Pedigree: A Shape of Us Mystery. That’s not bad and I’m pretty sure I’ll make that up today, since I’ll be away from home and have some distraction-free time.

Pedigree – 3,078/50,000 – My NaNo Profile