what i wrote // november

This is me: full-time reader, full-time writer, full-time dreamer. I can't not be one of these things at any given time; in fact sometimes I am two or all of these things at the same time. Today I'm talking about the writer thing, specifically the writer thing in November: what I got up to, what goals (if any) I achieved, what I'm excited about, and anything else my brain wishes. : )

If you're a writer, November, most likely, means one thing: National Novel Writing Month.
Smashing out 50K words in 30 days. Maybe dying in the attempt. In 2011, I participated in my first ever NaNoWriMo (even though it was the young writers’ version which means you set your own word count goal) and ended up with story involving abandoned children, standing up to bullies, and sleep-overs. Five years and major revisions later, I decided to rewrite the story (which had changed so much because, you know, I grew and the character grew and I'm pretty excited about where it's gone) for NaNo. Except I got sick with the kind of flu that gives you a temperature, headache, and phlegm for almost two weeks. So, yeah, I didn't do NaNo or finish the novel (which sucked). Once I'd gotten over it (the sickness and the irrational feeling of somehow failing because I couldn't control not getting sick), I started again. I Wished for Wings had 5K words by the end of November. Now I'm working toward finishing it by the end of the year. (It's a lot of fun so long as my inner editor shuts up and I trust myself that I do know what I'm doing. A whole heap of fun even.)

Drafting, by the way, isn't my favourite part of writing. I actually quite enjoy editing, but what I love most is playing around with new ideas. It's seriously, like, so much fun. More fun than candy canes in hot chocolate. For better or worse, I have the kind of brain that is alive with ideas 24/7. One of the newish ones for a novel: six kids and their dad buy a cafĂ© halfway across the continent; Jo, one of my main characters, has bright green hair; there's pizza and cakes; be silly, be honest, be kind - Ralph Waldo Emerson. And another idea which I'm really excited about, is a modern retelling of The Railway Children by E Nesbit through letters. I'm quite in love with my Rob Waterbury already. Obviously, there are evolving Pinterest boards: here + here if you want to have a peek.

This November brought unexpectedness for me. Which means I'm learning to roll with it. Slowly learning, but still.
are you a writer? what, in the realm of words, have you been up to in November? and congrats to all the NaNoWriMo winners!!!

(stay tuned for another of these posts next month.)


  1. Ohhhh let me flail over this retelling of the Railway Children!! I LOVED THAT BOOK SO MUCH AS A KID and seriously we need more classic retellings because they're just the best. (Also I totally relate to having 24/7 ideas. Me tooooo. Sometimes it's awesome but sometimes I look at the sheer amount of books I need to write and die a little haha.)

    I'm glad you're feeling better!!

    1. I love classic retellings a little too much, I think, haha. Please don't die before you write more wonderful books, though. :P Thanks for stopping by, Cait!


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