It’s That Time of Year

I have decided that being a single parent of two and homeschooling the one who has autism and working two other jobs just wasn’t keeping me on my toes. I just didn’t know what to do with all that extra time on my hands. So I entered a contest to write a novel in one month. Yes, that’s right! I’m doing NaNoWriMo!

For those of you who are unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it happens every year in November. This is my first go at it, and I’m both excited and exhausted. The object is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Just for a little perspective, the typical word count in a whole month of my blog posts is approximately 8,500.

As of yesterday, I passed the half-way point and am right on track with my word count! As I focus on the second half of the novel and the home stretch of completing it, I’ll be scaling back on my usual posting schedule here at Teen Autism (just for the next two weeks). But for those who would like to take a peek at my other writing, click on the link below and that will take you to my NaNoWriMo page. Then click on the “Novel Info” tab, and you can read a synopsis of my book and an excerpt – the full first chapter! Keep in mind, this is a really rough first draft. But I kinda like how it’s shaping up! You can also keep track of my word count, which is updated daily, and see if I’m going to make it!

http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/433097

Wish me luck . . .

11 thoughts on “It’s That Time of Year

  1. M

    It’s intense! You’re good at that, Tanya…immersing in the perspective of the character…it starts off kinds of sad, with her roaming around her inner monologue, mentally commenting on things, but the way she’s snapped out of it by the guy…the helplessness of it…intense.

    and the fact that you’re doing all of this so quickly…it’s official: Tanya is extremely talented.

    also, i’m kind of transfixed by the word count bar…the thermometer looking thing. type faster so that i can click the refresh button and watch it fill up, it’s addictive.

    anyway, thanks for sharing this. you’re past the half way point…momentum builds.

  2. Tanya Savko Post author

    Colleen – I’m sure I’ll need Xanax by the time I’m finished with this insanity!

    M – thank you so much for your kind words and compliments! Coming from a talented writer like you, that means a lot.

  3. Lex Savko

    Well Tanya, you’ve got me hooked. Pretty smooth for a rough draft. I can’t wait to find out how it ends! Good luck.

  4. mama mara

    I just checked your NaNoWriMo count, and frankly, I am now afraid of you. No human being can do everything you’re doing. Are you one of those <a href=”http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/northamerica/article_1094282.php/Bush_speech_sparks_human-animal_hybrid_craze”human-animal hybrids Prez Bush warned us about? In December, will you have to hibernate?

    Really enjoyed Chapter 1, by the way.

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