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THANK YOU NaNoWriMo and my writing buddies for helping me meet the challenge of writing a novel in 30 days!

2013 Accomplishment

ON NOVEMBER 27th, 2013, the draft of my upcoming debut novel reached more than 55,000 words as I finished writing the final chapter. If there are any writers or want-to-be writers out there who haven’t finished , or perhaps haven’t started, writing their stories yet, I highly recommend committing to the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. You’ll find plenty of support and encouragement both online and through regional group write-ins.

For more information on how to sign up and commit to write your own novel in 30 days next November, check out http://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works

Here’s what my draft looked like at the end of the day on November 27, 2013. Since then, I’ve taken a holiday break. Come January, I’ll be reading, writing & editing my draft over and over before having a professional editor take a look-see… Winter here in Maine is a great time for all of that inside work. I’ll get in a little snowshoeing on warm (30+), sunny days and catching up on all the books I still have on my TO READ LIST, too. Have a wonderful winter. ~ Bette A. Stevens, author of PURE TRASH, The Story (the short story prequel to my upcoming debut novel)…

The CreateSpace  (an Amazon affiliate for indie-authors and self-publishers) photo above was posted on my Facebook feed. The version you see, has been adapted by me for this blog post. I have self-published all three of my books using CreateSpace and recommend that you check them out if you’re considering self-publishing.

You can find my books—AMAZING MATILDA; PURE TRASH, The Story and THE TANGRAM ZOO AND WORD PUZZLES TOO!  at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

First draft of PURE TRASH, The Novel (working title) for Bette's first novel planned for release in 2014.

First draft of PURE TRASH, The Novel (working title) for Bette’s first novel planned for release in 2014.

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Comments on: "How to write a novel in 30 days!" (8)

  1. Hey, get a little notebook and just start writing down ideas for an outline. That way, you’ll be ready to rock & roll with NaNoWriMo come November. This is a crazy & cold and too early winter… May give me more time to write. Have lots of editing and rewriting to do now… We’ve lost power 2X but only for a few hours. It sounds like the worst is yet to come. Thinking of you and Wishing You A Very Happy New Year, too! XOXOXOXO


  2. nutsfortreasure said:

    When my computer ends in April I may take pen and paper out into the yard and write mine. 🙂

    Happy New Year

    Stay warm and hoping you remain with power as this next blast blows in on us.


  3. This is just so awesome, Bette! Congratulations! You go girl! Blessings, Natalie 🙂


  4. That is an amazing fete. We will see where I am next year. Maybe I might try.


  5. I find the idea daunting. My book took me almost 7 months to write the first full draft … and I worked on it every day. Of course that includes reorganizing, editing, rewriting along the way … but still, 50,000 words! I am so impressed!


    • After the holidays, the real work begins. Have no idea how long it will take, but I plan to read, edit and reread several times before anyone else sees it. I won’t even take a peek for another week… It was all WRITING with a bit of research–not even a reread. Couldn’t have done it without NaNoWriMo. THANKS so much for your High Five… You’re awesome!


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