Kelly Haworth

Author of Queer Speculative Romance

NaNo Wrap-Up


As November comes to a close, how many of you out there are rushing to make your word count goals? *Scans the show of hands and nods approvingly* I’ve been seeing proclamations of celebration on twitter and facebook the past few days, and it gives me so much hope and joy. There are many writers out there putting their hearts into works that maybe they’d never thought they’d be able to do—because their ideas were too different, or too varied, or too weird. But it’s so important to write what you’re passionate about, and believe in it.

Speaking of, I have finished the novella! I am so thrilled to have been able to let the words flow with this story and get it on the page so quickly. This novella is cute, it’s sexy, it’s funny, and I’m really hopeful you all will like the twist, too. 😉

So that means I’m clocking in this NaNoWriMo 2017 with a little over 33,000 words. Though short of my hope for 40k, it is still the most I have ever written in one month by several thousand words. It involved a lot of sacrifice, in evenings or mornings spent away from my kids, but I am still very happy with the final result.

Now to revise! I have a lot of revisions in my future, both of the novella and of Up In Flames. But after all the hard work the past few months, I’m not going to stress about working as many evenings as possible. The novella should be quick to revise, but Up In Flames will take some time, and I want to take all the time I really need to do the revision right. That story has potential, but only if I care for it the way it deserves. For me, the meat is in the revisions. My first drafts tend to be a bit scattered and thin, but completely necessary to lay down the foundation of the story and characters. Now, to build it all up.

Good luck to any of you that will be participating in NaNoRevMo, aka, revising your NaNo MS in December. And good luck as well to everyone else continuing to create and make beautiful things this year.

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