November 15, 2010


          As you know, I decided to participate in Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN). As the month is halfway over, I thought I would share an update on my progress. I am happy to report that I have been a writing fool this month. 
          With a very sick child who did not go to preschool the first week of the month (she only goes two days, though), I did not get the big start I had been hoping for. But, I have carved out what time I could. My fingers have been tapping on my keyboard like crazy! And I'm loving it.
          Basically what I am doing with WNFIN is using it as motivation to complete Part One of my book. I had already completed what is often called the data dump phase. It is part of my normal writing process. WNFIN encourages writers to polish their work, and that is exactly where I need to be on this project right now.
          Unlike NaNoWriMo, there is no repository for WNFIN where writers report their progress. It is not a contest. Which is fine, because word count does not motivate me. Nor do I particularly care to compete with other writers.  However, I will go ahead and share with you that as of 11/12 I have a document that is over 80 pages and contains more than 23,000 words. 

          More importantly, I am writing every day. I am energized and really in love with my Work In Progress (WIP). I'm having such a wonderful time. I'll check back in at the end of the month and let you know how it all turned out...

The Red Dress Club asked me to guest post today about my experience with WNFIN. Please be sure to stop by and check it out!


  1. Hooray, you! *\o/* <--Your personal cheerleader.

  2. So glad to hear that WNFIN is helping you make progress on your book! (Also, I enjoyed your guest post over at The Red Dress Club.) You should be very proud of the work you've managed to put into your book this month, especially considering your daughter's sickness! Well done. :)

  3. I've seen NaNo everywhere, but didn't realize there was a nonfiction version as well. Though I don't participate, these seem to work as great writing motivators, and I'm happy to cheer writers along!

  4. Anything to get going is good. I have hit a wall lately in my writing. I have submitted my first piece to a literary journal and I feel like I can't get going again until I hear something, good or bad. I have only recently starting writing anything that is not poetry, not something I thought I had in me, and I love it. Hoping to find a window to sit down and write, no matter what soon. Its hard with small kids to do so, or have the energy, I admire you for doing it!

  5. @ Linda - You ARE my personal cheerleader, and it feels good! :)

    @ Claire - Thanks, hon!

    @ Mungee's Ma - Woohoo!

    @ Joanne - We appreciate that!

    @ Mountain Momma - We have all hit that wall a time or two before. I know it is hard. I strive for one hour a day. You have to start out small. Good luck on your submitted piece!


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