Nanowrimo 2017: Not Precisely the Halfway Mark


My novel is not a novel, but a non-fiction multi-genre exploration. It is part memoir, part travel guide, and part spiritual journey. It will include photographs and history, both of myself and the land. I haven’t been this excited about a writing project in a long time. I’m very glad that I took up the challenge of Nanowrimo in order to jump into this book and get it started. I’ve been talking about writing this for at least two decades.

As you can see from the above graphic, I’m about 5,000 words short of where I’m supposed to be at this point.

But that’s okay.

I’m also 20,000+ words ahead of where I was on November 1st.

There were a couple of days when I wrote 0 words, but I was also writing other things, like pieces for here and my writing group. There was one day when I wrote 3,313 words.

Currently, I have 18 saved documents of varying lengths from 75 to 2,468 ranging in topics from the dreaded GPS of 2009 to Driving and Comfort Zones, two topics that don’t really go together. At all.

I had decided to simply write about what I felt like in relation to my book on my journey through Wales, and that’s what I’m doing. I’m very happy with my progress. Some of it can be repetitive, although not as much as I feared. Some subjects overlap with different years and places, and one of the hard parts is going to be gathering these writings into a cohesive form that flows but also stays true to my experiences. I’m planning on putting together an outline sometime in December as I read and edit what I will have at the end of November.

For those of you also writing for Nanowrimo, there is good news and bad news. They are both the same: we are halfway through. If you’re doing well, great; keep going. If you haven’t started or have slowed down, that’s okay; you still have time. Keep going.

Nanowrimo – An Introduction


NaNoWriMo is the acronym of National Novel Writing Month and it takes place every November. The Nanowrimo website offers regional write-ins and support, pep talk emails and onsite messages as well as writing buddies and if you want feedback. It is a good time to jump start or restart your novel. This is my third year participating. My first two years I concentrated on a fan fiction that is still in progress, and while this year, I’m working on a non-fiction, part-memoir, part-travel guide, part-spiritual journey, I think that I can use Nanowrimo to get me on the right track.

As implied in the title it begins on November 1st and continues until November 30th.

Yesterday was not a very successful day. I forgot pretty much everything in my life, and ended up missing non-writing events as well as entirely forgetting about it being November 1st. I completed 0 words.

Today, however, I drove myself to Cracker Barrel, and wrote on my Kindle & keyboard for almost two hours for a CB total of 1396 words. I’ve come home and done another 529 words in between making dinner and juggling kids and afterschool snacks.

I do not intend to use this space for Nanowrimo updates, but I may share excerpts. I may do both of those on the Nanowrimo website or on my Facebook page associated with this site.

If you’re not already following me there, I can be found at Griffins and Ginger Snaps FB, and to reach my Nanowrimo Profile Page, just click the link.

My Nanowrimo working title is A Wales Roundabout.

That refers to the roundabout way I discovered my attachment to Wales, my discovery of Wales, and how Wales has even impacted my religious life and spiritual journey. It also references the abundance of roundabouts found in the nation of Wales. Really, more than necessary, and way more confusing than any I’ve encountered in the US, and we’re definitely trying to compete with that complexity.

I will be continuing with regularly scheduled posts throughout November. Im back on track with my weekly reflections under the tag, the new 52. I’m not sure that it will continue through 2018, but other than losing my way now and then, I do kind of like having a weekly reflection about everyday life that also stands out as different and/or special.

Welcome readers to the Nano experience and welcome new Nano friends to my writing site.