Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

NaNoWriMo Sacrifice


2013-Winner-Vertical-BannerI LOVE November. Last year, I wrote almost all of the 100,000 word contemporary romance that I just handed over to my agent. The year before that, a romantic suspense that is currently in play.

I love the challenge. Love meeting new people. Love logging in my words at the MBT NaNo Challenge as well as the main NaNo website. And I TOTALLY LOVE spending October planning out the novel to the last detail. One of my favorite things.

This year I’m viewing NaNoWriMo differently. The last few months in our family have been pressured by too many activities. Now that they are starting to end and release their holds, the last thing a mom needs to do is add something new.

It took some hard evaluation to make this decision. My son first suggested me taking a writing break, and I pouted all weekend. He wanted me to give up writing? Now? I hadn’t been able to really write in weeks. But he suggested a sabbatical. And I couldn’t blame him. If I had reached the level to where I was paid for this career, I’d have trouble “taking a month off.” But I’m not paid. Not yet. This is still a … gulp … hobby. No matter how I treat it like a serious occupation.

And then there was the Daily Grind post I did last week. I have to have my activities lined up with my Heavenly Father’s plan. And writing a new novel at this point, even though I’ve already laid it out, isn’t part of His plan and won’t be blessed.

I'm a NaNoWriMo WinnerThis month, I’m vowing to put in the same amount of effort that I use on my stories to “get my house in order.” I remember the nest-feathering before each of my kids were born. Cleaning, decorating, expunging. Don’t my growing kids deserve the same type of attention?

My home-schooling home has taken quite a beating now that the final two are in high school. Time has become utmost in value, so with the new-found gift of about 20 hours per week that I’ve realized from the release of volleyball season, I need to pour that back into my family in a labor of love.

And that means sacrificing NaNoWriMo this year. Doesn’t mean I won’t add another novel to my agent’s growing shelf, but I won’t add it during November. Think of me fondly, NaNo-buds.

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Sacrifice

  1. Hugs, blessings, and prayers!


  2. Great decision! God wants us to have balance. Before you know it you’ll be an empty nester (like me) and have all the time in the world. Yes? So you hear me laughing from there? Empty nesters having unlimited time is an urban myth 🙂 Enjoy your November!


    • Yes, I think I remember someone convincing me of that before I became a stay-at-home mom. I’d have all this time on my hands – HA! I’m not buying that again with empty nesting! LOL!