NaNoWriMo Cages Editor & Excuses

For weeks I’ve struggled to accomplish anything more than personal journal entries and updates to my motherhood blog. Suddenly, it’s mid-October, Upturned Stones remains stalled out at just under 10,000 words and NaNoWriMo is fast approaching.

Part of me is reluctant to move away from Upturned Stones before the first draft is complete.

The rest of me is euphoric! Last November, my first crack at this novel writing challenge served as a surge of momentum, daily writing rituals, and wells of creativity that carried me forward for months. I’m definitely at a point where I need to refresh those resources.

Perhaps I’m overly ambitious, but from late October until early December, I’ll also be taking a short novel writing course at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where I will workshop and strengthen what I have done so far on Upturned Stones, even as I race to draft Sister Savior.

I’m hopeful that my November efforts recharge my writing life so thoroughly that Upturned Stones is quickly drafted in December and January. Then, of course, editing can begin on both stories.

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