NaNoWriMo Day 23: Working Holiday

I know tomorrow is Thanksgiving so first I just want to wish all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope that everyone enjoys their family and friends and treasures them dearly.  I am not that big of a fan of the Thanksgiving holiday because I don’t really have a big family and the family I do have is not big on holidays and the handful of friends that I do have either don’t like holidays either or they are too spread out all over the place for me to be able to enjoy them.  Now don’t get me wrong I would probably be very much a holiday person if I actually had people to enjoy it with other than my wonderful daughter.  However, this is the time of year where I become incredibly lonely and a little depressed.  Tomorrow is especially going to be hard because my daughter is going to spend Thanksgiving Day with her father’s family and I will be here alone (my first one without her).  So my plan to make it through the day (without bursting into tears) is to write and catch up on my word count, map out my social media marketing plans for several of my projects, and try to squeeze in getting the house decorated for Christmas.  So tomorrow will be a day of productivity (I hope) and hopefully, by the end of the day, I will at least be thankful for the work I was able to accomplish throughout the day.  I hope that all of you have a wonderful day tomorrow and for my fellow Nano-ers, don’t forget that it is still November and National Novel Writing Month is still in effect.  Until next time…Enjoy all of your blessings and don’t take them for granted. 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day 22: Rainy Days

Rainy days always make me feel a little sad and lazy.  Today was a rainy day and unfortunately I did succumb to the feeling of laziness and a touch of sadness (mainly for my character Mackenzie who is going through something right now).  However, while it may be late, I have decided to show up.  This post may be coming later than I would have normally posted it but I did show up to write it.  I also did not write this morning but I plan on showing up tonight to sit down and write.  I meant what I wrote yesterday about deciding to show up and I plan to hold myself to it.  Granted I would have liked to have a whole day of work to show that I showed up but some is better than none and while I showed up late, it is better late than never.  Tomorrow is another day and I already have it mapped out in my head what I need to do and work on to be productive.  I am almost at 50,000 words (a little over 32,000) and I plan to be able to say I succeeded come November 30th.  I hope all of my fellow writers out there who are participating in this challenge are doing well in their novels.  I’ve got to go now, Mackenzie is getting closer to the person who killed the Congressman.  Until next time…Don’t let the rainy days hold you back. 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day 2: Sharing Time

So 2 days in a row I managed to wake up early to write.  If I keep this up I won’t have any excuses when NaNoWriMo is over as to why I can’t do this all the time.  I must admit that this morning I actually did contemplate hitting the snooze button but I resisted that urge and got up and headed straight for my computer.  Mackenzie was ready for me to get back to telling her story.  Before I start clueing you in about all of the personal details about Mackenzie I’ll share with you a condensed version of the synopsis.  

Mackenzie Brown wants to break into Investigative reporting for the BaltimoreTimes but can’t get her editor to give her the break that she needs to prove what an asset she can be.  But when her former college boyfriend, Ex-congressman Andrew Litney is brutally murdered behind the alley of a strip club the opportunity to prove her worth presents itself.  But that opportunity comes with immeasurable consequences as it stirs up things from her past that she has tried her best to keep buried.  As she digs further and further into the Ex-congressman’s past indiscretions in an effort to discover the person that murdered him, she not only finds everything hitting closer to home then she ever thought it would, but she also uncovers things about herself that might have never been brought to light.  Can Mackenzie keep her personal baggage from interfering with the story that could give her journalism career the boost that it desperately needs? 

Okay that’s all I can give up right now.  Don’t want to tell you everything all at once.  I guess you guys are just going to stay tuned in to find out what personal secrets Mackenzie might be keeping hidden, or more importantly, what secrets about her past that are being kept hidden from her.  Until next time…Keep writing and don’t stop! 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

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NaNoWriMo Day 1: Early Awakening

So I set out to wake up at 5 this morning and begin writing for the first day of National Novel Writing Month and to accomplish my word count for the day in the little time before I whisked my daughter off to school and headed to the gym for my morning workout.  I had suspected that I might not be able to get up that early because I am in no way, shape, or form, a morning person.  I typically tend to set three different times for my alarm to go off in the morning because I make plans on hitting the snooze button.  In fact I have two other alarm clocks aside from the one with three different times set and those other two are also set at two different times.  See I try to get the maximum amount of sleep possible in the morning because I tend to go to bed so late.  

However, I am very proud to say that I did in fact not hit the snooze button this morning and I got out of my bed, headed straight for the computer (well there might have been a pit stop to the bathroom first) and pulled out my book with my outline and character sketches and notes and began writing.  Not only did I reach the 1,667 words that is estimated for each day of November, but I wrote 1,709 (not really that much more) words.  I wrote for about an hour and a half and then when I was finished I charted my time and then I was off to get my daughter ready and off to school.  I had a great, awesome, workout at the gym and have had a pretty good day so far (the day is still young).  

I think that my writing is sharper and flows better when I work in the morning and it makes my day start off well knowing that I have gotten in a good bit of work done first thing in the morning.  It’s quiet in the morning and my mind is very clear (although somewhat sleepy).  Now I don’t mean to make it sound like I am not going to try to get more words done today but I want to at least make sure that the amount I definitely need to reach is met.  I just hope that I can continue getting up at5amand that I can continue working smoothly to get this novel done, but done well.  

Well I guess I better save my words for tomorrow’s morning writing session and the next blog post.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll tell you a little bit about my character Mackenzie Brown and the murder mystery she’s getting herself all wrapped up in.  Until tomorrow…What are your characters up to lately?

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

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It’s National Novel Writing Month Time!

Regrettably I did not write any blog posts last week but it was for a good reason.  I was making sure that I had everything prepared for National Novel Writing Month, which starts tomorrow, and I was mapping out my plan on how to go about achieving my maximum word count per day so that I can reach that goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month.  This will be the third year (I think) that I have done this and although many might think that it should be easier the more often that I do it, it most certainly is not.  Especially since this year my story is a little different for me.  I am stepping out of my typical comfort zone and writing a story that is not in the genre that I have experience in writing (which is typical mainstream fiction) but one that I would like to definitely gain some experience in (mystery, suspense, with a little romance for good measure).  This year this will be a little more challenging for me, but then again I always like to be challenged.  So I thought to maintain my blog during November instead of completely abandoning it, that I would blog about my NaNoWriMo experience as I go along.  I hope that you will follow along in my journey this year and perhaps even go sign up this year and take the plunge yourself.  Well I better go make sure that I have all last minute details of my characters ironed out before tomorrow.  Until next time…Start planning, you have a novel to write too! 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

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