Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

#7 Top Benefit of NaNoWriMo

NaNo CrestNaNoWriMo (naa-noe-wry-moe) stands for National Novel-Writing Month. Yes, that’s a real thing. And I imagine that somewhere around the time that November was adorned with this auspicious title, a group of writers got together and began challenging one another to complete their novels during the month.

However NaNoWriMo got its start, it has become a huge undertaking with a staff of fifteen spread from the San Francisco bay area to the western areas of Canada. Each year, they encourage writers, seasoned and newbies, to write. That’s it. Sit in the chair and put the words on the page.

I’ve completed 2 official NaNoWriMo projects, both ready for publication. This year, my novel is actually a sequel to my first NaNo project, Dust Devil. I hope to show that story to you sometime next year.

So that’s a little of the history of NaNo. Now for #7 of the top benefits from NaNoWriMo:

10. Word Wars.

I love these games. And every other year, I’ve jumped into NaNo with a clear story and plenty of time so my word count leapt to high numbers from the beginning. This year, not so much. So I’m not sure I’ll be able to stay ahead of my writing buddies. But you can see my progress on both my November calendar and my Word War grid that will stick around in the right column through this month.

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.

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