Friday, November 7, 2014

We Interrupt This Blog Because We Have a Novel to Write--NaNoWriMoMyWay

Technical Difficulties Please Stand By The Glitter Globe S. R. Karfelt
The Glitter Globe

Right now I’m in the middle of NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo (one word—na-noh-RY-moh) stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a real thing where many writers attempt to write the entire first draft of a novel in one month. That’s 50,000 words if you follow the official guideline. Yes there is a site where you can log in your daily word count, and it’s hard to move through social media this month without bumping elbows with some wild-eyed sleep-deprived writer staring down this challenge.

Every week of this month I’ll be writing my book while holed up in different locations.
NaNoWriMo Vs. S. R. Karfelt
This is only the first week and I’ve already completely flipped my days around, ate raw oatmeal for breakfast, told someone who woke me up at noon that I work nights dancing on tables, and pounded out almost 23,000 words. Writing at night is just my thing; I like the quiet of it. While I write fairly fast, I’m also writing a complex series that requires concentration, and while I like good food I just don’t want to take too much time to make it.

So all I have for you today is my Covenant Keeper Oatcake recipe. You can microwave it (I do), but just don’t let anyone from Warrior of the Ages know I recommended that.

Smash an organic banana.

Add maple syrup if you like stuff extra sweet.
I usually skip this.

Add about 5 Tbsp oatmeal - not instant.

Stir in some raisins if you like.
Nuke ~ 3 minutes, bake if you're a Covenant Keeper!

Turn onto a plate and top with Greek Yogurt. Yum.

Happy Breakfast—or whatever meal you don’t have much time for. I’m subsisting on fairly healthy fast food this week. That’s bag salads and veggies, yogurt, and gallons of iced tea, not to mention that I’ve eaten four giant honey crisp apples every single day—so far. There may have been one 3:00 a.m. encounter with a container of Halloween sprinkles and a spoon, but let’s not talk about that.

Now I’m going back to my MS (manuscript) and already looking forward to next week, because I’ll be able to order take-out salads for nearly every meal next week. This is going to be fun—I like to meander, and look forward to tackling NaNoWriMo wherever the wind blows me! If you want to guess where I'm writing from this week, I'll give you a clue...there are hobbits here.


  1. I tried Nanowrimo a decade ago. Turned out 1500 words a day for two days, fell behind, had no idea where I was going with the story anyway. I've since focused on writing a more cohesive novel. Best of luck with yours!

  2. Thanks, TJ - I tell myself that it is the first draft, it can have cracks and plot holes. I'm not entirely sure that the rush to get the first draft out makes anything faster. My last novel was drafted in two weeks, and then took six months to turn into a final draft.

    Maybe there's not wrong way? Good luck with your writing. May the muse be with you.


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