Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NaNoWriMo win and a writer's wonderings


I did it! I did it! I completed the NaNoWriMo challenge on November 28th. With my busy, busy month, I'm happy to prove to myself that I can do it. Congratulations to all those writers who made it too.

My progress looks like it was flipping me off, but I kept ahead of the curve.


As you can see, it was a month with varied writing days. Do I wish I could be more consistent? Yes. Yet I did write every single day. (Except after I made the 50k mark! I had another project that demanded my immediate attention.) The story isn't terrific. Though rewrites might help it. What I took away from this exercise is that I can write 50k a month. No matter how busy I am with other things, I can take a little time for myself and get the words down. I think I just didn't believe in myself this year. I wanted to remind myself that I can do it.

I've been neglecting a lot of online stuff. My blog and blog visits especially. I miss reading what my blogging friends are up to. That guilt is nibbling away from me. Next year calls for better time management.

I'm also having big issues where my pen name's genre is headed. I have RH (reverse harem) author friends that are right on the trends. I didn't like this year's ones (bully romance and alien abduction romance), though, and the big one they're calling for next year already (prison romance) is just... no. I've been told that my romance is too feminist, but I'm okay with that. More than okay. I won't write that other stuff. Yet it isn't what sells. I'm learning to be okay with that as well.

It makes me wonder if I need to just write in a different genre. I thoroughly enjoy romance. I love the intricacies of relationships and how unique every single one is. I get excited to see where my characters take me on their journey together. Fantasy and paranormal are still my go-to worlds. I like that something extraordinary in a story. Lately, I've been reading a lot of cozy mysteries. They're light, funny, and fun. Some of them have that bit of paranormal and a dash of romance. Maybe... just maybe that's where I might head in the new year.

2019 has been a rough year in my life all around. Even though the next few weeks are booked up and busy, I'm trying to take it easier this month. Friday night Dungeons & Dragons still maintains my sanity. I'm lucky to have such wonderful friends to meet once a week and play with.

Enjoy your friends and family this December. Be kind, laugh a lot, and enjoy the moment.

63 comments:

  1. Hi Christine - glad you completed NaNo and have realised what can help etc ... yet how much you achieved through it. Sorry about the rough year - sadly it's life ... like your graph: the ups and the downs! Take care and enjoy December - all the best - Hilary

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    1. That's so true! Thanks for stopping by, Hilary. :)

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      When I found PRIEST WISDOM I was in desperate need of bringing my ex lover back. He left me for another woman. It happened so fast and I had no say in the situation at all. He just dumped me after 3 years with no explanation. I contact PRIEST WISDOM  and He told me  what i need to do before he can help me and i did what he told me to, after i provided what he wanted, he cast a love spell to help us get back together. Shortly after he did his spell, my boyfriend started texting me again and felt horrible for what he just put me through. He said that I was the most important person in his life and he knows that now. We moved in together and he was more open to me than before and he started spending more time with me than before. Ever since PRIEST WISDOM helped me, my partner is very stable, faithful and closer to me than before. I highly recommends PRIEST WISDOM to anyone in need of help. Email: Supernaturalspell1@gmail.com . Call him or add him on whatsapp via: +2348124644470 PRIEST WISDOM BLOG PAGE: https://supernaturalspell21.blogspot.com/  

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  2. Congrats on the NaNo win! I pulled it off, too, this year but it wasn't pretty.

    Maybe you could start a whole new genre/subgenre with your more feminist tales? Maybe they need to be categorized as something else to draw the readers in? RH with a Feminist Twist?

    Happy December!

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    1. Thank you! Might be able to do that... then just to find the audience. :)

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  3. Congrats on finishing NaNo! I can't believe there isn't room for romance with a feminist twist. Maybe see if it's there in new adult romance.

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  4. You definitely rocked it out of the park! Congratulations on completing Nano!

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  5. You know that I can't wait to read your cozy :)

    Congrats on winning NaNo!

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    1. You're one of my inspirations in that. :) Thank you, Ellen!

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  6. I love how your graph is flying the bird proudly. That's exactly what you should do to writing to the market and return to that which you love. I'm also a wayward writer. I never stick to pure romance no matter how often I get reminded. My newest book coming, I veer away from the relationship stuff to get my character stronger. My PA was reading as I wrote and she said- you just left romance and headed into women's fiction. The fix- allow my character to be healed by love. Nah, going with therapy. She can find love once she's healthy. Maybe it won;t sell as well, but no matter. I'll flip the market your writing curve.

    Here's to hoping 2020 is a better year for you!

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    1. I think it makes much more sense to me for a woman to heal herself and get healthy before finding love. Here's hoping 2020 is great to all of us! :)

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  7. Congrats on winning NaNo! That's fantastic.
    I love that you write feminist romances. I hope you do stick to writing what you love whether it's trendy or not.
    I'm sorry you've had a rough year. Here's to a better 2020. Happy Holidays, Christine!

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  8. Congrats on winning NaNo! And I do love your stories. You do you, even if what you're writing isn't the hottest trend at the moment.

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    1. Thank you, Cherie. Sometimes that's hard when nothing is selling, but I don't think I could honestly write to market if it goes against my morals.

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  9. Congrats on successfully finishing NaNo! I don't see any problem with feminist romance... Alas, for whatever reason it doesn't seem to be what people buy and read. Sigh.

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  10. Congrats on winning NaNoWriMo! I love that you write feminist romance! And, I'm glad your D&D group is good.
    I hope you finish this year and start the next with lots of love, laughter, and friendship surrounding you! :)

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  11. Congrats on winning NaNo.
    I'm surprised the fact your romances are on the feminists side is considered a bad thing.

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  12. Congratulations!
    Science fiction doesn't sell big, but it's what I enjoy writing. You keep writing what you enjoy.
    And don't blame you for skipping next year's theme...

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    1. Thanks, Alex! There's just some stuff I refuse to write.

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  13. Woot for winning NaNo! Good Job!

    I think 2019 has been a rough year in general. Here's to 2020!!!

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  14. Congrats on winning NaNo!! I love your writing, Christine, so I believe you can tackle just about any genre! Season's Greetings!

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  15. CONGRATULATIONS! I participated but didn't win, I stopped cold one day and went back to getting MJB published. I'm glad I did. But I also got a good start on the next book, so it still a win, win.:)

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    1. That definitely is a win! :) Way to go! Thank you, Yolanda.

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  16. My YA/NA series was romance and my paranormal stories are the same. If you love romance, write it.

    Congrats on NaNo.

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  17. Bully romance?? ....
    Congratulations on winning NaNo! I crossed the finished line that Friday, and I love your takeaway from it - making time for writing and believing in ourselves. ^_^ I feel like my writing is taking a bit of a turn, as well. A tiny one but still different and exciting. :)

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    1. Thanks, Krystal! And congrats to you too. Yeah, bully romance. Just... don't get it.

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  18. Congratulations on winning nano! I love writing cozies. I’d love to critique or beta read for you!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen! If I try my hand at a cozy, I'll be happy to send it your way. :)

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  19. Congrats on getting all that writing done. Yeah, there are trends that turn me off so I don't try to follow them. Things go around and round.
    Have a wonderful holiday.

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  20. Bully romance? Can't say I am familiar with that subgenre, but it doesn't sound like something I'd enjoy. Feminist romance, on the other hand, sounds much, much better.

    Congrats on your NaNoWriMo win!! Here's to deleting excess dialogue in December (or January or February or whenever we get around to it...)

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    1. Yeah, I just don't get some of those subgenres. Thank you! I'll get around to deleting eventually. Heh.

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  21. I like your concepts: the 13th Floor that only "special" sorts see, demons that are fighting against their basic nature. That sort of thing. Writing what you like is perfect. I think if you try to go with the trends, you're more likely to well badly. Anyway, you did NaNo and you won. That alone is huge.

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    1. Thanks, Lee! I've never been one for trends in any sort of thing.

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  22. How can romance be too feminist? What women shouldn't have an equal say in the romance? Am I missing something?

    Congrats on finishing NANO.

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    1. I totally agree with you. What's wrong with a romance fantasy that makes both partners equals and respect one another? I say that's a marvelous fantasy! Thank you, Holly. :)

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  23. Congrats on winning NaNo! There is nothing like a good game with friends. Enjoy your break.

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  24. Congratulations! And Merry Christmas :)

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    1. Thank you, Carol! Happy Christmas to you too! :)

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  25. Many congrats on winning NaNo! That's awesome!

    And ugh, trends. I'm never good at following 'em, either. (Certain things popular with webcomics nowadays are just no fun for me, or out of my skill set.) Such a shame to hear that feminist romances aren't "in"--the world needs more of them! I definitely think you could rock some cozy mysteries if you decided to go in that direction, however!

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    1. Thank you, Heather! I do think the world needs more of them.

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  26. Congrats on winning NaNoWriMo!
    Your 13th Floor Collection is amazing and one can feel that you're comfortable in that genre. It really works for you. Just my thoughts.
    I have no idea what bully romance is...?
    Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Bully romance is exactly what it sounds like. Guys bully a girl and she falls for them. *shakes head* Happy Holidays to you too!

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  28. Congratulations on getting all that writing done! Impressive! Sorry it was a rough year for you. Hope 2020 is much better. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  29. Congratulations on winning NaNo! I have also been remiss with blogging and blog visits, and I miss catching up with everyone. But as someone who also had an incredibly rough year, you have to give yourself a break. While new years don't really mean anything, I find it's still such a great way to reset things and say goodbye to the negative. I hope you have a good upcoming year!

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  32. Congrats on winning NaNo! You're right, sometimes we need that boost to prove we can do it. Good luck with whatever's around the corner for 2020. I had no idea about the trends you mentioned, but they sound pretty unsavoury to me. You have to write what's in your heart at any given time, or it won't be authentic. Creating a new subgenre sounds like fun!

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  33. Yay for winning the NaNo! That takes some doing. Here's to a great 2020 for you in your writing, Christine.

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