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December 6, 2011

Nanowrimo aftermath

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Well it’s been nearly a week since Nanowrimo (the national novel writing month) ended and participation in the event has given many writers a rough draft of a new book or at least several thousand words toward such a project.

Did I win by writing 50,000 words?  Nope!  But I still won by participating.

Nanowrimo forced me to get back to working on my sequel suspense novel and because of the discipline of having to write something every day in November, I now have some 17,000 more words added to my book and a much clearer understanding of not only my ending, but also the areas I will now revise and rewrite to make the book its best.

Did I participate in Nano this year in hopes of finally winning with 50,000?  A part of me would have liked to have achieved such a lofty goal.

Am I disappointed that I didn’t cross the perverbial finish line so to speak?  Absolutely not!

All writers know that writing is a solitary job.  Having the discipline to stick with a long project like a book manuscript requires isolation from others (both online and off) and a real commitment to sitting down and fleshing out the story.  With all of life’s distractions, getting ample time to finish such a project can be extremely difficult.  Nanowrimo provides just the push that I need, especially at a time of year when life is busier with the impending holiday celebrations.

Thanks Nanowrimo for another great year!  You kick-started my first novel which definitely helped me on the road to having it published.  Hopefully, my sequel won’t be far behind.


  1. Congratz on your 17,000 new words to your sequel. I count that as definite success. How you keep up writing “for fun” with all the other writing you do “for business” makes you one remarkable woman.

    Comment by sandycarl — December 7, 2011 @ 10:52 AM | Reply

  2. Congrats to you! I did Nanowrimo as well. Last year I didn’t even make it to 17000. This year I WON and I’m well on my way toward a second novel! Check out my site to see me sleeping at my keyboard in the month of November! So funny.

    Comment by Denise DeSio — December 15, 2011 @ 4:35 AM | Reply

  3. Would love to have even a second to write for either fun or business right now LOL. Soon, I hope.

    Comment by dramaquill — December 15, 2011 @ 12:03 PM | Reply

  4. Congratulations on your Nano win, Denise. So awesome. What genre are your books?

    Comment by dramaquill — December 15, 2011 @ 12:05 PM | Reply

    • My publisher, http://www.48fourteen.com, published Rose’s Will as Upmarket Fiction, which is a relatively new genre. For your readers who don’t know what that is, it’s sort of a cross between Fiction and Literary Fiction – well written but not stuffy, I guess. It’s also under women’s fiction because it explores relationships. My Nanowrimo book is definitely Gay/Lesbian Fiction.

      Comment by Denise DeSio — December 15, 2011 @ 4:18 PM | Reply

  5. Oh, by the way, I was just reading your post regarding eBook publishers and people who think that because you published as an eBook, you must be self published. I can so relate! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said the words, “yes, a real publisher” in response to the assumption. Just wanted to let you know that http://www.48fourteen.com is one of those “real” publishers, and they are great!

    I initially submitted Rose’s Will to their print division, http://www.elixirist.com, where they have an online submission form that allows you to upload 3 chapters and they offer a promise of a personal response. I liked that, and that’s what made me choose them. They respect an author’s hard work and don’t treat us like chattel. They decided to publish Rose’s Will as an e-book because I think they thought it was a little edgier than what they were used to publishing in print.

    For those with ebooks to publish, I highly recommend taking a look at their submission page. http://48fourteen.com/submissions

    Comment by Denise DeSio — December 15, 2011 @ 4:34 PM | Reply

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