National Novel Writing Month has arrived!

My last year’s project.

I wrote 50,000 words last November in honor of NaNoWriMo. The Playgroup is a novel based on my experiences as a young mother in Palm Springs, Calif. It’s a story about testing friendships and how one person changed the quiet lives of the moms’ group.

I wrote 2,000 to 3,000 words each day and made it to my goal by Thanksgiving.

But then, I lost the manuscript. I was waiting until the new year to begin the process of editing and revising, but I blew it. I never backed it up and my laptop was erroneously deleting files. I lost my community newsletter and The Playgroup rough draft.


I thought I had set up automatic backups to icloud — but I didn’t. Now I manually back up to a thumb drive each day.

I began rewriting the manuscript and it’s taken on a new life. My biggest change was the point of view. It was written from one character but I expanded it to the POV of four moms. I’m at about 25,000 words now, so my NaNoWriMo month will be half the words I wrote last year.

I’m currently flying to Seattle for the week to visit my mom, so I don’t think I’ll get to writing until I return home. Not an awesome start to the month, but I’ll be back!

Have you taken on a writing challenge? What is it and how did it go for you?

27 thoughts on “National Novel Writing Month has arrived!

    • Thank you! Yes, I think NaNoWriMo will be the challenge I need to get the rewrite done. I’ve been working a bit on it and then putting it to the side. I think the focus this month will be good .

  1. You’ve done a great job resurrecting the original after that loss! I’ve done a few of those daily prompt writing challenges and really don’t like them. It always feels too forced. NaNoWriMo would not be for me.

  2. You are inspiring me! I have an old manuscript in the cloud and I’m thinking about taking that out and dusting it off! Let’s keep each other inspired! Maybe when we’re ready we can beta read each other’s work? Something to consider. Hugs, C

  3. Your novel sounds intriguing, glad you are rewriting it. Sorry you lost it, but glad you aren’t giving up!! Good luck to you. It is definitely a challenge writing something that long, but rewarding. I proved to myself I could do it. Now to find a publisher that believes in it, that’s a Challenge as well!

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