16,060 words: First post-NaNoWriMo installment

By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, December 02, 2008 At 1:59 AM

Tonight I worked on my novel for the first time in over two weeks. I'm happy to say that I got really into it, and added more than 2,000 words. See? I totally could have finished NaNoWriMo this year. I don't know why I didn't.

Oh yeah... Because of paying work. Gotta pay those bills...

Whenever I come back to writing fiction after some time away, I'm always surprised at how easily it comes to me. I do like writing for a living, regardless of whether it is fiction or nonfiction, but working on a short story or a novel always reminds me that fiction was my first love.

Since it's the beginning of the month, and my biggest client keeps me busiest in the middle and end of the month, I have the flexibility right now to continue working on my novel. I am going to try to get into the habit of working on it every day, and hopefully when I do get busier later in the month, I will be able to continue setting aside an hour or so to work on it every day.


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Anonymous Anonymous Says:  

This is what I started doing in September, working on it, even if it's a paragraph each day. I started this idea last November and got maybe 30 pages in...from there I was finishing my degree, so I did a mass survey/interview process, which took me 3 months or so to read through, take notes and organize how I would use it. Then I outlined, and from there, I've been adding to my initial page count...

It's highly enjoyable to see work go into it everyday.

Anonymous Anonymous Says:  

P.S. If you couldn't tell, mine is NON-FICTION.

Blogger Miss Melly Says:  

This is my 3rd year as a NaNo non-winner..I keep writing during the winter...don't give up!!!


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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