The Giftstretch // Day 28

Because writing a novel is a gift. Real-time updates from the final three days of NaNoWriMo


This post is made up of the updates I posted on my writer’s Facebook page and Twitter as I stopped to take breaks. I get real numbers crunchy in these posts. It was fun to post these updates.


Monday, 11/28/2022

9:32am

I’ve fallen behind on my NaNoWriMo newsletter updates. I’ve been sick two different times. I’m actually still recovering from this second round.

Currently, my manuscript is a total of 34,438 words.

Because I’m so behind, my new daily minimum for today, tomorrow, and Wednesday (the final day of the month) is 5,187.

My Dream Big Goal is: 12,229.

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Muddling Through the Middle

Trying to write 50,000 when life doesn’t go as envisioned


Writer’s note: If this post seems familiar, it was originally written and published on the evening of 12/14/22 on Substack. I wrote it in real time during NaNoWriMo 2022. I have since changed platforms for me email newsletter. (If that still interests you, you can sign-up for “Postcards” here.) However, in making future plans for my online writing spaces, I have decided to house my NaNoWriMo 2022 story here on Mrs. Writer. Very little changes, if any, have been made. Enjoy!


Week 2 // Days 8-14

Week 2 started off with a bang: I came home early from my part-time shift at the daycare with the stomach flu. No writing was completed the rest of that week until mid-day Saturday.

Ant stayed home with me on Day 9 because I was so weak the night of the 8th. I did okay that day and he returned to work the next day. I was able to sit up (after spending most of the prior two days reclining on the couch) in the pink rocking chair and binge-watched the rest of Season 1 and started Season 2 of Boy Meets World.

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Best Laid Plans

A post-NaNoWriMo Update of Sorts


Writer’s note: If this post seems familiar, it was originally written and published on the evening of 12/11/22 on Substack. I wrote it in real time after NaNoWriMo 2022. I have since changed platforms for me email newsletter. (If that still interests you, you can sign-up for “Postcards” here.) However, in making future plans for my online writing spaces, I have decided to house my NaNoWriMo 2022 story here on Mrs. Writer. Very little changes, if any, have been made. Enjoy!

In real time, a little over a month had passed since I gave the Day 4 Update. The intro will sound funky because you’re reading these back-to-back, but at the time I was feeling better and wanted to give the readers who had signed up for NaNo updates something, so I wrote the post you’re about to read.

I decided to keep it in this series because it portrays an accurate picture of what the creative life can look like at times.


Long Time No Talk

Okay, so November was a roller coaster of things. We’ve officially entered The Holiday Season and all the holiday things are in full swing. We’re two weeks away from Christmas.

I fell off keeping you all updated on my NaNoWriMo journey, but one 24-hour stomach bug on Days 8-9 and a week(ish)-long cold Days 18-28(ish) and trying to recover all energy around those was hard.

Ant and I had a low-key Thanksgiving here at The Hobbit Hole with just us and the cats. And while I missed being with the fam, it was nice not to drive an hour and spend the entire day tired 🙂

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NaNoWriMo // Day 3–er, Day 4 Update

The one where I re-discovered Harry Potter Word Crawls and Wrote 3,669 words today


Writer’s note: If this post seems familiar, it was originally written and published on the morning of DATE on Substack. I wrote in real time during NaNoWriMo 2022. I have since changed platforms for me email newsletter. (If that still interests you, you can sign-up for “Postcards” here.) However, in making future plans for my online writing spaces, I have decided to house my NaNoWriMo 2022 story here on Mrs. Writer. Very little changes, if any, have been made. Enjoy!


Greeting ogres! Happy Friday evening =D

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) Version:

I wrote 3,669 words in the second half of the day to help me catch on NaNoWriMo! For a total of 7,534 words so far. *virtual confetti*

Goal for tomorrow: To write at least 3,334 words

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NaNoWriMo // Day 2

Celebrating with imaginary confetti


Writer’s note: If this post seems familiar, it was originally written and published on the evening of 11/2/22 on Substack. I wrote in real time during NaNoWriMo 2022. I have since changed platforms for me email newsletter. (If that still interests you, you can sign-up for “Postcards” here.) However, in making future plans for my online writing spaces, I have decided to house my NaNoWriMo 2022 story here on Mrs. Writer. Very little changes, if any, have been made. Enjoy!


This is coming to you all 51 minutes before the dawn of Day 3 hits, but I did! I achieved another 1,667+ words today. On track to cross that 50,000-word deadline on time.

I wrote 1,804 words today. Cue all the confetti.

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NaNoWriMo // Day 1 Update

Writing a novel or pulling teeth?


Writer’s note: If this post seems familiar, it was originally written and published on the morning of 11/2/22 on Substack. I wrote in real time during NaNoWriMo 2022. I have since changed platforms for me email newsletter. (If that still interests you, you can sign-up for “Postcards” here.) However, in making future plans for my online writing spaces, I have decided to house my NaNoWriMo 2022 story here on Mrs. Writer. Very little changes, if any, have been made. Enjoy!


Spoiler alert! You get to see that I made (and overachieved by 151 words) Day 1’s daily word goal =D

NaNoWriMo Day 1 ended for me at like 10:30pm. On the couch. In my pajamas.

I’ve spent a lot of time planning this novel that I’ve forgotten what it would be like to write the actual scenes. It was a lot harder than I remember.

This is how we started:

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Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-NaWriMo and Leah

All the things NaNoWriMo and My Leah Novel



Writer’s note: If this feels familiar, it’s possible you read it way back in November 2022 when I wrote in real time during NaNoWriMo. The original post was on Substack. I have since changed platforms for me email newsletter. (If that still interests you, you can sign-up for “Postcards” here.) However, in making future plans for my online writing spaces, I have decided to house my NaNoWriMo 2022 story here on Mrs. Writer. Very little changes, if any, have been made. Enjoy!


What is NaNoWriMo?

Who? For writers and anyone who has wanted to try write a book 🙂

What? Short National Novel Writing Month. Where writers try and write 50,000 words in a month (1,667 words a day) 😃

When? The entire month of November.

Where? Anywhere in the world 🙂 hometown, on vacation, during the holidays, in your Air BnB or hotel room, at a coffee shop or library, in the comfort of your own home. 

Why? Because we’re crazy and would do anything for our stories 😝

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

Changing things up two months later

Can you say, “Squirrel?!”

Shiny syndrome is real, you guys. It’s been fun, Substack, and you’re a really cool platform, but I’m finally verbalizing what I want and jumping off the bandwagon.

Still want to follow along? Have no fear! Sign-up here to read my email newsletter Postcards.

You can expect:

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The Darling Files // Behind the Scenes of my First-ever Inktober

I love social media challenges. 30-day Instagram prompts or one-word prompts, Meet The Author prompts, etc. Inktober is no exception. Especially since I love art, looking at it and buying it and adding it my wish list.

Every year for the past few years now a Writetober challenge has been released. The idea is to write one 50-word story a day and include the word from that prompt.

This year I am (finally?) combing the two. My default is to say that I’m an overachiever. I mean, I decided this last minute. I didn’t write either of the prompts down ahead of time. Or plan anything out before. My time could better be spent prepping for NanNoWriMo. I did just start a new part-time job last week, and Ant and I are finally feeling better and settling back into a new routine of home life.

But really, I’m tired of overthinking what to post on my social media accounts.

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