I finished my novel for NaNoWriMo — sort of. I hit the 42,000 word mark and was settling into write the end, but it just wasn’t gelling for me. When I start a novel, I always know what the first and last sentences will convey to the reader. Not with this book. As you’ve read in my previous posts, this book has been like a breach birth, but I have faith that every keystroke, no matter the outcome, makes my writing stronger, and despite the labor pains of this creation, the story is strong and I like the characters. So I stepped away for a day or two and discovered that a major thread was missing and I will need to go back to the beginning, do a bit of unraveling, then start the story weaving afresh. That’s fine with me. Although I cannot accept the NaNoWriMo badge of completion, I can embrace December knowing that I’ve a solid skeleton of a good novel ready for me to finish. I can live with that.

And now I take a break to enjoy family and the cold weather that I love.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody.



  1. You may not have hit the 50,000, but that doesn’t really matter, does it? You set a goal and achieved it. That always feels good. AND, you’ve got a great story to work with when you begin weaving that thread. I’d say your NaNo experience was a success.

    • Terry Lynn says:

      Thanks, Lisa. It seems that November was a productive month. Now I can get back to editing my other WIP with a fresh perspective AFTER I take the rest of the week off. I’ve got an ARC of Simone St. James’ book to be released in May of 2014. I read it today, it was sooooo good I couldn’t put it down.