Hey there! What do you do after NaNoWriMo?

Hi folks!

It’s that time of the year again, just after NaNoWriMo and you’re sitting there just staring at your monster of a manuscript. And you’re wondering what to do.

I’ve been nano-ing for 8 years now, no matter what my NaNoWriMo profile says.

And I have one habit that sticks with me.

First, my story is never completed during November. Sadly enough.

Second: I take a break. During November, I do let a few things pile up. Some dishes, unnecessary laundry things like that. I’ll take care of all of that in the first week of December. I also watch movies and get caught up on my tv shows.

I will only rarely return to a NaNo project in the year it’s started. In fact, I think I have only once. It was the first piece of the space saga that I’m writing now & that I wrote the bulk of two more pieces of it this November. Note: I also enjoy the hell out of this series, so I may go back to it before dec 31st.

My suggestion for you:
Take a break.
Do something non creative for a while.
Your brain will thank you later.

NaNoWriMo 2013

It’s day 27 and I’m finally back on schedule.

I know I haven’t posted much this month, but I haven’t had a great month.

For starters, I still have no internet at my house.
I also had a death in the family, which lead to a great deal of travel over four days.

I’m currently sitting at around 43,000 in words. I have 3 days.

I can do this.

Anyone who is doing NaNo and honestly, isn’t much more than 15k behind, can probably do this. I’ve never been able to pull up if I’m more than 15k behind.
Though, I have seen it done.

My name is Adrienne, and I am a writer.
I’ve got this.

I’ve got this more than I had my nerves settled when I did the radio interview.
It’s about the space saga. It’s also the first time you officially hear a title.

You can tell I’m mildly freaked out by how squeaky my voice is.

Okay, mildly freaked out is not the right phrase there. I was petrified.

Shit happens though. It never fails to happen during november to me and my family. November and April, the original two OLL months of the year.

I also had a day about a week ago where I spent more of the day doing hard reboots with my laptop than I did anything else. Talk about not fun.

Last week, I had 3 blue screens over the course of two days.
(I run windows on this computer, fyi).
This was followed by a day where I did 9 hard reboots.

Here’s to hoping that I can get the job I applied for this past weekend, so that I don’t have to worry about money anymore. *holds up wine glass*

If I get the job, my take home dollars nearly triple.
That means I can pay off debt and start saving for a house.
Seriously, it would be so freaking amazing. So, positive thoughts my way, please.

All right:
So, I’ve indicated a writing tip can be found in this post, so here it is:

No matter what, don’t stop writing.
It may not have anything to do with your current main project, but it will have value.
That value is keeping your ass in the seat. Keeping your fingers moving.
The minute you stop, the minute you say, I don’t have time today, is the day you stop writing and it takes a long time to get back into the groove. Trust me. I have been there more times that I care to admit to. I have had years in the past where I didn’t write a damn thing. Those years felt terrible. I felt boring and worthless. I am neither.

Writing Prompts, week of October 13th through October 19th

Writing prompts for 10/13 through 10/19
250-500 words. Enjoy! Sadly, lots of free writes this week as my
brain was a bit tapped dry. Also, NaNoWriMo is coming up soon
(as in LESS THAN 15 DAYS once this week ends), so I’ve started
working on what I’ll be doing this year.


Monday: Write a scene with a clausterphobic person in a very
small space.

Tuesday: A promise is made, but is it going to be kept?

Wednesday: FREE WRITE

Thursday: Open with this train of thought: ‘When I opened my
mouth to sing…’

Friday: Write about a hideout, but this hideout doesn’t belong to

Saturday: FREE WRITE

Writing Prompts, week of October 6th through October 12th

Hi guys! One of several scheduled posts, that I’m getting into the
queue at this time.

Week of Oct 6th through Oct 12th, prompts. 250-500 words,
unless otherwise noted.


Sunday: What is the biggest mistake you’ve made? What about
the smallest?

Monday: Describe your favorite cafe?

Tuesday: Write a scene where someone looses control.

Wednesday: What is your writing weakness? Why do you think it

Thursday: Start a story with the words “In those days…”

Friday: Use to following line of dialouge in a scene: “It was as far
as I could go.” Don’t tell us why. Show us.

Saturday: What is the first summer vacation memory you can
recall from long ago.

Well, that didn’t work the way I expected.

Hi guys.

Adrienne here, and I know, I’ve dropped off on the posting again. This time, I have a better reason than simply being forgetful. I have, for the time being, no internet access at my house: which means that even though I want to post, I’m not able to.

I’m hoping to have internet back midway through Novemeber, but that does mean that you’ll see a lot of me through scheduled postings all put on the site on either friday or saturdays. I’m about to put three or four posts into the schedule queue, just of prompts, and then I’m going to go ahead and write a few about other things as well.


Either way, we have only 26 days until NaNoWriMo 2013. I’m setting myself a little higher goal than I have in the past this year, and I hope to accomplish it. My goal is to write 2k words on days I work, and 3k on days that I don’t. This should put me near 70k at the end of the month, with two completed (hopefully) stories. I’m now getting on track to finish two other short stories as well. All four stories are based in the same universe, which I’m beginning to tilt deeper and deeper into. I’m hard core back into pure sci-fi, and it looks like I’ll be staying here a while.