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Lessons from NaNoWriMo Land

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Well, I did it. I took part in National Novel Writing Month and didn’t quit. I finished the first draft of my third novel, Molly Miranda: Book 3.

For this, I am very proud.

Buuuuuuuut I didn’t reach 50,000 words which is kind of the whole point of it.

(Just so you’re aware, the above gif is from a British sitcom called Black Books. It’s bizarre and quite charming, especially for book nerds. I think it’s on Netflix. Highly recommend it.)


FINAL WORD COUNT: 40,006 words
WORDS LEFT: 9,994
AVERAGE PER DAY: 1,333 (instead of the recommended 1,667)
DAYS I TOOK OFF FROM WRITING: 5

Even with taking a week off from work to focus on it, I still didn’t reach my 50k. But I feel okay about this. My books aren’t even 60,000 words anyway and I moved the plot along really quickly so I don’t expect many issues to arise when I go back to edit.

I learned a few things about myself as a writer:

  1. really don’t like ignoring spelling mistakes. I have a hard time just continuing on.
  2. Evening writing is my jam. Morning writing is basically impossible.
  3. Stardew Valley is a terrific game and a terrible distraction.
  4. I hate feeling like writing is a chore. It definitely felt like a chore for me all month.
  5. When I spend the month pouring my brain out into a Google Doc, I ignore other things in my life. It’s now December 2 and I feel like I just spent the month in a cave. It’s the weirdest thing.

At this point, I don’t know if I’ll do it again. Ask me again next year. But I’m definitely glad I did it.

Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire Available for Pre-Order!

CoverMolly Miranda: Thief for Hire is now available for pre-order for Kindle and Kobo. Click below to pre-order now.

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And for anyone who wants to follow my bookish stuff on Goodreads, I now have an author page on there as well. Go check it out!

The paperback and iBooks versions will be available soon.

Molly Miranda’s Playlist

Molly Miranda is the character in my debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire. I know what you’re wondering about this twenty-something professional burglar.

If she had a playlist, what would it be? Well, my friends. It would include the songs below.

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