I participated in NaNoWriMo this November. I survived and won, writing 50,000 words in 30 days. This was my first year and I was a bit leery. I have written 50K in a month before, but my kids were out of town on vacation and I didn’t have a day job. This November, I had a full time job, two teenagers and all their activities.
I learned a great deal about myself and my writing. Here are three things I realized (quickly too) with a time limit on my writing.
1. It really is a first draft. There is no time to agonize over every word the first time. Get it down on paper or your word processing program.
2. If you falter and stare at the screen too long, skip it and come back. If I’m stuck for too long, I put a small note in the manuscript describing what I see for the scene. Then I move on to a more exciting scene. (See number 1.)
3. Take a break and come back. I am a bottom in the chair type of writer. Someone who will grit my teeth and work through. This time I found a short break was helpful or even a change in scenery. Sometimes moving to a new table at the library was motivating.
All in all, NaNoWriMo was a great experience for me, forcing me not to abandon a
project or even skip back and forth between two or more projects. I was so proud I even ordered a winner’s t-shirt.
I still have about 40,000 more words before the rough draft of this manuscript can be called complete, but at least it only took a month to be more than halfway finished.
Here is the NaNoWriMo.org link if you want to check it out for next year.
Camryn is taken captive after Earth is invaded by hostile aliens. She is sold as an exotic, an expensive sex slave. Camryn is willing to do anything to survive and escape captivity. That includes convincing her master that she enjoys his touch. Then she is purchased by the sexy warrior Venn. Now she must convince herself that she can resist a male whose every caress ignites a passion she has never known.
Venn is an empathic and hyper-sensitive tribal lord from planet Ordan. He has never owned a slave, yet he cannot resist the beautiful Earth woman. She teases his heightened senses and pushes past the control he has over his emotions. Venn struggles to own Camryn’s body with scorching sex and a firm hand. And when his possession of her body is complete, he’ll try to claim her soul.
Niki is captured by hostile aliens after Earth is invaded. Once a soldier, she is now a slave. She is sold to the highest bidder, and then lost in a game of cards to a tall Ordanian spaceship captain, who claims to have been sent to rescue her. They work together to survive the dangers of the United Universe, while Niki battles her desire for the only man to ever enflame her mind, body and soul.
Captain Rhine’s mission is to reunite the Earth woman with her family. Outmaneuvering beast shifters and a crazed stalker are the very least he is willing to do to keep her by his side. Her touch ignites his passion. Her scent drives his lust. Her strength eases his soul even as she challenges him every step of the way. In the end, Rhine understands, the biggest battle is for her heart.
Earth freedom fighter Shunyuan, vows to rid Earth of its alien oppressors even as he is abducted into space to be a slave. He’s rescued by a band of female pirates, and agrees to sexually pleasure their lovely captain in return for help returning to Earth. He never expected to end up the beautiful alien’s mate—or to find bliss in her arms.
Captain Acia must use a man’s body for sex during the seven days of her fervor or suffer debilitating pain. She makes a deal with Shunyuan, never imagining he’s her mate. She finds herself bound to a captive who wants to return to his world—without her.
Their sensual bond and sizzling passion tie them together even as Shunyuan’s duty to Earth’s rebellion threatens to tear them apart.