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NaNo Week 2: Steady as she goes #nanowrimo2021


Week 2 of NaNo is off and running. I had a few spits and starts this past week, some good writing time interrupted by my class. Sigh. Still debating whether to take another class next semester.

Anyway, a few days of clearing 2k words, a few days of missing 1,000 words, but overall I’m keeping up. The story is meandering pretty good, but hey, it’s a first draft. Trimming comes later, with the whole revision routine.

Are you playing NaNoWriMo this year? Are you keeping up? One of my Writing Sisters had the fortune to spend a solid week quietly writing at the beach.

I’m envious. I mean, a solid week of nothing to do but write, walk along the beach, and write some more? Yes, please! It got me thinking about the place here in MN I’ve been eyeing for an extended weekend of writing. Not now, because winter in MN and the only heat in those little cabins is wood heat, but definitely thinking spring/early summer to test the place out over a long weekend. If it feels good, I see a week-long annual writing retreat in my future πŸ™‚

There are other options, I know, more formally set up as writing retreats or residencies. I’ve been thinking about those as well. More pricy, but there’s also the thing about muses gathering when writers get together. More creative energy to help inspire.

More to think about. Not now, though. Winter is coming (we got a coating of snow yesterday, but temps are predicted to hit 50 F this coming week, so welcome to November in MN, climate change edition). Well, maybe in a warmer locale…

Back to writing. Hope you have a bountiful writing week!

Just a feel-good pic of Tibbers and Nyx

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, three chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

7 thoughts on “NaNo Week 2: Steady as she goes #nanowrimo2021

  1. Very glad to hear that you’re making progress, Julie. I admire your commitment to reaching your goal. It’s not easy with all the distractions in modern life, is it?

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  2. Hi Julie, well done on attempting NaNoWriMo, I just couldn’t do it. I don’t like writing to a programme. Keep up the great work.

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  3. Great quote on top!! Good for you keeping on, keeping on. A writing retreat in a cabin in the woods is my dream! I hope you get to do that sometime!
    I DEFINITELY feel good having seen that pic of kittieeeeeesssssss!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    • I’m planning to act on that writing retreat in the woods next year. I thought about it all this year, but with my impending job loss and the hunt for a new one, I didn’t get too serious about it. But next year is the year!

      I posted that pic just for you, you know πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Happy Writing, Betsy!

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