This has been a busy week as I roll into the back half of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). With more than 31,000 words written, I’m right on target to hit 50,000 by the end of November.
Virtual write-ins are very productive. A group gets together on Zoom, chats for 5-10 minutes, writes for 45, chats, writes, then comes together to close. There’s a level of camaraderie and accountability in these sessions that gets us going.
I write less some days because I’m editing, doing administrative tasks, or polishing a short story. These are essential even though they take away from the main piece I’m working on in NaNo—expanding a short story into a novella and writing the myths and legends that support my fantasy trilogy.
In addition to the latest anthology I’m in (released 10 days ago), I submitted a story elsewhere and received a contract for a different anthology that will include my winning short piece “Lucky Seven.” That should come out in December or January.
All in all, it’s been a good month and seems as if next week’s Thanksgiving celebration is coming at the right time.