Sunday 20 November 2022

NaNoWriMo 2022


Oops. I finally got here, better late than never right?

I did participate in NaNoWriMo this year (still going of course). I hit 50k already, but will keep going for the rest of the month and hopefully beyond.

The difference this year is that I participated in NaNo as a rebel - rewriting/revising a novel that was already mostly finished many years ago.

With advice from my excellent critique partner, I devised a beat sheet in the days beforehand and then got to work on November 1. I've revised the beat sheet a few times as problems cropped up - thankfully none too major.

I was a bit distracted leading up to November, because I got the sad news late in October that my high school best friend had passed away. Because of certain factors, her funeral has not happened yet - it's next week on Tuesday. So it's been quite a wait for her family as well as all of us, her friends left behind.

Anyway ... that's been on my mind since I got the news. But NaNo has been quite a nice distraction as well.

I had a week off this week which was very nice, although I'd like at least two more! Thankfully the holiday season isn't far away, and so I'll get more time off then.

In between then and now, there is a lot of stuff that needs doing at work, so no doubt I'll be exhausted again by the time the holidays roll around.

I have not been feeling particularly creative this year, due to work being full-on as usual, and my "second full time job" the animal rescue still being busy as well). But I'm glad I managed to make myself do NaNo, as it feels good to have at least achieved something creative this year.

My hope is that I'll be able to focus mostly on revising existing books into the future.

I hope everyone out there is doing well. I wish that I was still heavily involved in this wonderful writer community, but alas other stuff in life has taken over. Maybe someday I'll get back to posting here more. I might try to make that a priority.


  1. Very sorry to hear about your friend.
    That's awesome you have already hit the NaNo goal.

    1. Thanks Alex! Yeah, it was a sad year for that and other reasons, for so many people I know.

  2. Hi Trisha - as long as you post occasionally so we know what's happening - it'll be good! Sorry about your friend - my best friend died when she was in her early 50s ... very sad. You've got lots going on - that's helpful ... keeps us going through bad and good times - though breaks are necessary. Take care and all the very best as life goes on, and particularly for next week - with thoughts Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary, I'm sorry to hear about your best friend as well. We never stop missing them!

      I hope you're doing well.


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