Back with a Creative Writing Sprint – I’m Entering NaNoWriMo 2018

September 8, 2018 | 9:48 pm | Journal: NaNoWriMo, updates

Note: I’m going to update this post at the end of November with what I’ve managed to achieve for NaNoWriMo 2018. I can’t wait!

After a long time struggling to continue working on my novels, I decided to enter NaNoWriMo again.

The main reason is that I’m determined to get at least one novel done, so instead of starting a brand new novel, I’m going to write further 50,000 words to what I have already produced over the past years.

(Even if I’m not going to reach the 50k milestone to win the contest, I would have still finished my novel, right?)

Now though—which novel should I get my hands on?

My first thought goes to Per Me, Perle Bianche (tr. White Pearls for Me) a novel in Italian I started writing when I was still in middle school and just turned thirteen.

I’ve been working on this novel on and off for twenty years. It’s time to get it its well-deserved “The End” on the last page, isn’t it?

Completing this novel would be a life achievement to me, one that I’ve been dreaming of for years but never had enough mental energy to put into practice.

It would be awesome to do it on the novel draft 20th anniversary!

The second option is to start a brand new novel that answers this “what if?” question:

What would happen if a writer who started a novel died suddenly and it were up to their characters to complete it instead?

The thought of writing this story is a huge temptation and I already itch to start putting pen to paper (or typed words to screen, but I’d rather write on paper first—my novel drafts almost always start on paper!).

It’s going to be interesting… and if I feel a little crazy enough, I could work on both the above mentioned novels simultaneously.

Why not? If my mind collaborates, I could devote NaNoWriMo 2018 to the “what if?” plot and work on my old novel along.

NaNoWriMo 2018 – here I come!

I look forward to it.

I’ve missed the feeling of excitement from having to work on a creative drafts day after day.

Sure, I have to be careful not to wind up with a mental overload (being an HSP is no fun) and I’m going to take “days off” the challenge if I need to (whether I manage to catch up or not) but that will not take away from putting in my most honest effort.

Wish me luck—on either count (the old novel or the new “what if?” story).

Are you going to enter NaNoWriMo 2018?

Email me to for some writer-to-writer talk or to become NaNo buddies! Also, use my email to leave a comment on this post: I will happily publish it manually below if you so desire.


Thinking About NaNoWriMo 2015? 6 Reasons Why I Might Not Enter

August 31, 2015 | 8:52 am | Journal: NaNoWriMo, on writing
NaNoWriMo Day 8: Seclusion

by mpclemens (cc)

I have taken the option to enter NaNoWriMo 2015 in serious consideration since the year started.

After struggling with sensory overwhelm for most of the last year, I found it difficult to stick to a definite schedule to get my novel drafts complete — and hitting 50,000 words minimum.

My previous novels are still incomplete. Overwhelm often means I will completely disconnect with my characters and their worlds, so I will shut down and wind up being unable to continue the character development writing process.

That doesn’t mean I will surrender, however.

It might take another two years, another four, maybe ten — but I will get there eventually. I will get to complete my novels for good and to indie publish them. It might take some psychotherapy to help with my overwhelm, but it can be done.

So I have many drafts still in progress. Should I still enter NaNoWriMo this year?

I guess NOT. Here’s why:

1. Incomplete drafts pile up

I have collected five novel drafts plus several incomplete short story collections over the years, so if I have to get back to do something creative, it’s my current drafts that I should finish, not start a new one.

2. I will not be home the last week of November to work on my NaNo

I will be in London to see one of my children and I will not be able to work on my novel.

Besides, I want to enjoy that precious time with my child without other things — for how cool and enjoyable — getting in the way.

3. Freelance work committments have priority

I need money, that’s the naked truth.

I need money to help my spiritual children and for my travels abroad, so I cut down other committments unless they are absolutely critical and cannot be postponed.

Also, I’m on the lookout for new clients, so I need to dedicate more time to marketing and less time to creative writing in November and December (that means NaNo would really get in the way this year).

4. I burn out easily this year

In addition to sensory overwhelm, I find myself burning out often and easily of late.

My tolerance to stress has lowered since my last depression in May, so adding more work to my already packed schedule doesn’t sound like a good idea.

5. I have children and robots-to-be

My spiritual children need me and I want to be there for them rather than spending too much time on my own things.

Also, the robots I want to start building in 2017 require that I study hard when I have a bit of free time, so to start a new novel draft would be overkill this year.

6. No ideas on what write about (honestly)

Yes, I wouldn’t know what to write about.

My genre is always Sci-Fi and my stories always include robots, but I haven’t worked on a list of story ideas like the past years, no brainstorming nor anything else, so I would start my NaNo without proper character development prior.

Not really something I’m willing to do.


Hotels and Bar Supplies – Ingredients to a Good Story?

August 12, 2013 | 4:29 pm | Journal: on writing
Campfire Stories @ Pelahatchie Library

Image by CMRLS Photos via Compfight

How can a writer get good story ideas from hotel resorts and bar supplies, you’d ask?

Well, writers are not unlikely to be  inspired by daily things. A closet may become the perfect excuse for mystery or fantasy events, a doll could bring back to old family memories that cross borders with history and drama. Even resorts and bar supplies could be the perfect setting for a thriller, or a story revolving around mysterious character who never stops by a city for more than one night.

Looking at bar supplies for setting ideas, you can have that barman in your story who always messes up with colors and decorations and loses his job, only to find himself catapulted into a strange world where things work the contrary way. See what I mean?

When I visited the catalog (note: sponsored mention), for example, I found out I could use pretty much anything to develop a good plot, and that sometimes randomizing my plot choices helps. Even simple bar stools can turn into the element that triggers action, new events and an overall move forward of the story.

Narration is an art, but without the real world coming into a writer’s rescue… I’m afraid we all would end up being so boring. 🙂 And there’s no room for boredom in art, isn’t it?