Hello! I am assuming that if you are reading this, chances are good that we either went to school together or you’re related to me (hi Mom!)  If neither of those things apply to you, my name is Natalie and I read a lot and have decided to try my hand at writing.  That’s probably all you really need to know to get started.

Me before I had a baby and started only ever taking pictures of said baby

I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year.  You can check out their website here.  Basically, the goal is to write 50,000 words in November.  Now, to be fair, the story I am going to try to tell will probably take me more than 50,000 words, but that is still a decent chunk of writing!

So why NaNoWriMo? I have actually wanted to try writing a novel for a long time now.  My issue with finishing a novel has always been starting one.  I get pretty caught up in outlining and character development and random Google searches until I convince myself that it isn’t a good idea anyway and I never actually get around to writing the darn thing.  So the hope here is that NaNoWriMo 2017 will snap that bad habit out of me and encourage me to get words on paper (or into a word processor).  

Now 50,000 words in 30 days works out to 1,666.666666667 words a day.  That is way too many numbers for me, so I’m going to round that to 1,700 words per day.  For the first week, I am going to attempt to do 2,000 words each day.  This is to give me a buffer for the Thanksgiving holidays and those days when life just gets in the way.


The next big question is what those 50,000 words are going to be about.  Well, for the last month or so I have been working on the bones of YA urban fantasy about a girl named Berry who discovers that the hotel her parents just bought is filled with ghosts and magical monsters trapped because of 1800’s photography equipment.  I have 2,000 words or so of preliminary notes and world building and a rough outline of the first third of the novel with some vague ideas of an ending.  I am calling it “The Owens Hotel” for now. 

Normally, that idea would be buried in my Google Drive for years before I abandoned the idea as not good enough to write.  But I’m stepping out of my comfort zone (which hasn’t ever gotten me anywhere anyway) and starting the novel without a complete outline. I don’t even have names for all my major characters yet.  It should be an interesting journey.

I will be updating every Monday and Thursday with word counts and project progress.  You can also find  me on the official NaNoWriMo website (username is natalienelsonwriter).  I will try to do daily word counts on the official site as well as on my Twitter page


If you are a fellow writer and/or blogger, drop your info in the comments! I love the writing community and I’m always on the hunt for new people to read!  Let me know if you are doing also NaNoWriMo!


Happy Writing!


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