The NanoWriMo 2019 Writing Challenge

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Oh friends, what have I done? I agreed to do the NanoWriMo 2019 Writing Challenge.

Questioning my decisions be like…

Oh dear.

What’s NanoWriMo, you ask? Let me explain. In their own words, it is “a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November.”

Ok, I’ve written two micronovels in less time. It’s cool, it’s cool. I’m not freaking out.

At this point, you might be asking why I actually signed up for this. Fair question. And I promise to answer it.

You see, I have this book…

Mhm. Ladies and Gents and all who care, I have a novel I’ve been working on. For two years. That is barely written. *Ouch. It hurts to admit that.*

But hear me out. It’s got a prologue and first chapter. And from preliminary beta readers, it shows a lot of promise.

This one is something different, special even…

This book means a lot to me. It’s my return to my literary roots, more full-fledged fantasy. Except with a twist. Because it’s also beautifully Southern Gothic. In this story, I get to blend my adult sophistication with my perpetual love for magic and the supernatural.

But I’ve been a bum and let this beautiful story sit. Worked on all other kinds of things, but this one had to wait. I could make great excuses for why it hasn’t happened. Nothing would really cover it, though.

So I joined the NanoWriMo 2019 Writing Challenge to hold me accountable.

And I’m writing this blog so you can hold me accountable, too. Because I need the extra encouragement. I’ve obviously done a good bit of writing this year. You know, three books and a doctorate. But hey- cakewalk, right? This is something worth pursuing, though.

What’s more is that it draws upon some themes I’ve wanted to explore in my creative writing. Things I’ve looked at professionally and not as much on a creative level. This will change that. Wish me luck on Nov. 1!

In Courage & Care,


6 thoughts on “The NanoWriMo 2019 Writing Challenge

  1. Sonja McGiboney says:

    Hi Samantha,
    I heard about this for the first time in September when I met a few writers from NC who have done it in the past. I thought for sure, I could join the fun so I signed up too. You are way ahead of me, I don’t even have a story yet. But even if I get to only 1,000 words, at least I will have started something.
    Now that your story has been mulling a while and you have grown as a writer, I believe it will be a winning combination. FYI, my friend Sherri Hollister says she uses Post-it notes to organize herself.

    1. S.A. Borders-Shoemaker says:

      Hi Sonja,

      My nano name is sbshoes. I think I sent you a request. I’m happy to cheer you on, regardless of what word count you choose. I think it’s great to have people supporting each other through this process of writing, and I’m looking forward to trying this out. I need to get into some structure before next week, but I’m thinking this will be a lot of fun. Good luck! Will your book be another Jazzy book? In any case, I’m looking forward to reading it!

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