A Confession, an Invitation, and NaNoWriMo

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A Confession, an Invitation, and NaNoWriMo

If you followed along with my book writing drama this summer, you might remember that it didn’t go very well. Life was busy, and I probably didn’t plan as well as I should have.

But that’s not the only issue that stumped me. Confession: It pains me to admit it, but I got stuck. I got to a certain point and didn’t know where to go from there. That’s the same issue that kept me from getting much past 10,000 words during NaNoWriMo last year. As a result, I still don’t have a completed draft of my book to edit, polish, cover, and present to the world.

But I haven’t given up. I’m going to try again, and this time I’m determined to “win” NaNoWriMo by getting a minimum of 50,000 words completed on my manuscript. I’ve been reading a book called You’ve Got a Book in You by Elizabeth Sims that has helped me to see where my process fell apart so that I can be successful in finishing this time.

If you’re already planning to participate in NaNoWriMo 2014, add me as a buddy on the site so we can encourage one another! If you’ve been on the fence, I invited you to join me! You can find me on the NaNoWriMo site as jenniferajanes. (Big surprise there, I know.) If you’re not writing, I invite you to join me on Facebook or Twitter as I share my progress. (Feel free to cheer me on. I’ll need it.)

What does this mean for the blog? I’m planning to publish one post a week here so that it won’t get lonely during November. I spent the second half of October writing and scheduling these posts and turning in articles I write for other sites. That frees me up to write 1667 words a day on my manuscript in November without having to spend a lot of time blogging. I’ll be sharing those posts on social media, and of course, my loyal readers will receive the posts from my blog in their email inboxes bright and early the day they publish! (Thank you for subscribing!)

While you wait for the November posts to start rolling out, you can stay busy reading the posts I had published on other sites last month.

  • Yielding to God’s Plan = Awesome Results at Your One Tree. Another post in which I preach to myself about surrendering to God, giving up control, and living free.
  • Parenting a Child with PIDD at Beautiful in His Time. This is part of the 31 Days of Supporting the Special Needs Family series that Aprille is doing this month. I share my experiences parenting a child with Primary Immune Deficiency Disorder (PIDD). This is just one of the many diagnoses we deal with.
  • My Best Advice for Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs at Vibrant Homeschooling. It all boils down to one word.
  • Bridging the Gap at Beautiful in His Time. Another post in the 31 Days of Supporting the Special Needs Family series this month. I tell the hard truth about what it will take to bridge the gap between the special needs community and the community at large.
  • In the Storm at Comfort in the Midst of Chaos. I share my thoughts on how to navigate through life’s storms.
  • Take a Closer Look at the Runnin’ WJ Ranch blog. When people look at adults and children with special needs, sometimes all they can see is the differences and the need. I encourage readers to take a closer look and share what I see.
  • We’re More Alike Than Different at Different Dream | for my child. I share some early experiences that molded my thinking about people with special needs.
  • I Don’t Like Hands-on Activities! at The Mommy Mess. I write and speak about the importance of hands-on activities in children’s education, but I struggle with them. I share why I struggle and what I do to overcome my aversion to hands-on activities (and they mess they bring with them).

I’ll see you around!

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6 Responses to A Confession, an Invitation, and NaNoWriMo

  1. Sarah Shotts says:

    I’m out of town for the weekend and won’t be starting til Monday. Eep! Happy scribbling! See you on In NaNoland on Monday. :)

    • I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Sarah! Yes, I will definitely see you there on Monday! (Thanks for the well wishes. I’m not very happy with what I’ve written so far, but I’m going to lay my perfectionist tendencies aside, dig deep, and keep writing!)

  2. Beth says:

    Happy writing — I did NaNo a few years ago — it is hard work to get 50,000 words. It sounds like you have planned and are ready to write.

  3. Jennifer, I’m glad you’ve found help in my book, and thank you for letting your followers know. Best wishes for NaNoWriMo success!

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