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Declaration of Participation in NaNoWriMo 2013…

October 7, 2013

Profess – definition: to declare openly; to announce or affirm

Today I am declaring my participation in this year’s National Novel Writing Month. This will be my fourth NaNoWriMo and as usual I am excited and anxious in equal measure.


This year’s novel is a new genre for me – cowboy romance. I have actually made notes and am in the process of plotting the story arc, something I never usually do! There is a format of sorts for this type of genre and I am certainly out of my depth with it. An extra challenge to conquer.

Other considerations are how to convey the Texan accent through dialogue and the love interest’s Italian heritage. Yes, I know I’m piling on the pressure. What’s the saying? ‘Ask a busy person’…

Added to my NaNoWriMo commitment is my year long ‘a blog post per day for 2013’…at least I am over half way now. It has been enlightening, knowledge expanding and a fantastic sharing journey so far.

Are you participating in NaNo this year?

What genre will you write?

Is this your first attempt or have you participated before?

Did you succeed in your last attempt?

What happened to your manuscript?

Two novels from my previous years of NaNo have been edited and revised several times. Life in Slake Patch is a speculative fiction and The Twesome Loop is a romance with a reincarnation twist. Both of these are awaiting representation. However, my fantasy, The Rython Kingdom is available as an e-book on Smashwords and Amazon Canada & UK. It was drastically revised after I won.

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  1. I started NaNo in 2009. I participated four times out of the five years. I finished three times with one novel completed and finishing four short stories two per year that together equaled 50K words per year for the two novellas done in each year.

    I have a novel I want to finish this year and one novella which should make the 50K word count and even if it doesn’t I’m doing it to finish and hit my goal of finishing these stories.


  2. Sorry, meant to add congrats to you for braving the waters. 😉


  3. I participated last year but my brain can’t hack the brain bleeding just yet for another round so soon. 😉


  4. Good luck with it 🙂 I am not doing it this year but am doing my own project through November – sorting out last year’s NaNo piece which has got a little tangled up!


  5. One of these years I’m going to have to make time to participate in this. 🙂 Good luck.


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