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Welcome Nanowrimo 2017!



This is the year! This is the year that I write fifty thousand brand new words in one month!

I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month several times. Including the year, a very long time ago, when I didn’t sign up on the website but I tried to write something, anything, that looked like a novel. Needless to say, that year wasn’t my greatest success. But this year will be.


Because I’m an experienced Nanowrimo writer now. And I understand my writing process. You see, some people can write their minimum 1,667 words per day and make it to 50k. Not me. If I try to do that, I’ll hit a day when I don’t write at all, and then the next day I need to do 3,333 to catch up. But something will happen, and I won’t, so then I’ll need 5,000 words in one day. And we all know that that’s a lot of words.

Can I do this? Let’s look at the stats:

The most words I’ve ever achieved during a November Nanowrimo is back in 2012 when I wrote GOLDI‘s rough draft of 21,588. I’ve done more during Camp Nano, mostly because the month is not interrupted by a major holiday, like Thanksgiving. During Camp Nano, my record was this summer when I wrote 41,220 and completed a rough draft of PACK ENFORCER.

If I can do 41,220 words in a month, than 50k is totally doable!

So, here’s the plan:

  1. Have a cohesive idea for the book
  2. Outline the book (okay, I do a very loose outline of story beats, but it works!)
  3. write as much as I can during the first three weeks

Yeah, having a major holiday in November sucks for me because I have Thanksgiving for the extended family at my house, but there is no reason I can’t do this. It will just take strategic planning.

Hence, the rest of the plan…

  1. Shop for Thanksgiving early
  2. Follow the Fly Lady’s holiday prep plan
  3. Delegate
  4. Don’t stress!

I have a plan, I have an idea. Now, all I have to do is get some kind of an outline in place so I can hit the ground running on November 1st.

Who’s with me????


Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com


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