I pretty much skipped blogging for all of November. I blogged the first week, talking about my NaNoWriMo project, but then between NaNo and Thanksgiving, I unprioritized blogging in a big way.
NaNoWriMo was awesome. I met several personal goals.
I completed my 50K word count on the 21st, so I didn’t have to worry about writing over Thanksgiving when I had family in town. I attribute that primarily to doing word sprints every evening with my Realm Makers buddies.
I accomplished a 10K day. That’s something I never really thought was possible for me. I know how long it takes me to write just a couple thousand words, and meeting my goal of 2K per day in years past has been a struggle. Between kids and life and everything else, 10K never even seemed feasible enough to wish for. But, during my writing sprints, one day I got over 4K and I realized, hey, I could actually do this thing. So I made a plan with a friend, and worked it out with my husband for a day when he was home and could be largely in charge of the kids and household, and sat at my computer all day typing. And I did it.
And, I completed my story. I was aiming for about a 50K word story, since it’s a Middle-Grade story not a full-length novel, and I finished it out at about 54K. And I have to say, it’s pretty awesome. I still have plenty of work to do smoothing it out and fleshing out my characters and settings and stuff, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.
So what’s next?
In my immediate future, I’m working on getting the January issue of Havok Magazine ready to launch. The theme is Inferno, so get ready for lots of hot stories!
And my personal projects are…numerous. I’m working on finishing the novel I started for NaNoWriMo last year, a psychological suspense. I’m going to take a short break from this year’s project before jumping back into editing it.
Probably my biggest new venture, though, is launching some new things on my personal website. I’m going to be writing a series of writing craft tips for new authors. Those folks who haven’t been writing long enough to really know some of the terms and basic elements that make good craft, but who are looking to find out.
I’m also launching my editing services business. My specialty is going to be newer writers, in more of a mentoring capacity. My focus is those writers who have finished something and don’t really know what the next step is. The people who aren’t ready for a full, professional edit, but who need a personal touch to point them in the right direction.
I would love it if you’d stop by my website, http://www.avilyjerome.com, and take a look around. I’m always open to feedback.