Declaration Of Intent

NaNoWriMo 2017

I wanted this piece to be all official with a wax seal and everything. My computer was so shocked, the keyboard spontaneously stopped working. I had to reboot the computer. A superstitious person would take that as a “think this trough” sign of the universe. Not me though. And even if I was, I’d tell the universe I’m serious.


In my gmail inbox, a few days back, appeared an email from NaNoWriMo helpfully reminding me September starts the prep for NaNo 2017. I will admit, I panicked. November will be here quicker than I want it to.

If anything, I have even more things on my plate this year. Aside from the editor’s duties at The Weekly Knob, there’s the prompted novel I fully intent on continuing during October and November. On Saturdays I am giving children’s art workshops. My son just started elementary school and will get homework I need to help him with. All of that is next to my full time day job and a long distance relationship — which I am not going to put on the back burner for anything.

With all of that going on, where am I going to find the time to start something new? I won NaNoWriMo last year, but I went in with way too little research and a much too vague idea of what I wanted, for it to be any good. I have edited all of one chapter of that draft in the year since. I want to be much more prepared for my next attempt.

Not doing NaNoWriMo 2017 felt as bad of a choice as doing NaNoWriMo 2017. Until…
I started thinking about the option of joining in as a ‘rebel’. Instead of starting a whole new project, why don’t I take one of my neglected serials and finally finish it?

So come November, I am going back to the fiction I started my Medium account with. My “Learning The Ropes Romance/Erotica. I’ll be finishing the saga of Anna and Sean.

I already have most of the characters. I already have a rough outline. I also have 16.099 words on paper. But that’s good; the average romance novel has 100.000 words. If I win my NaNo I’ll be two thirds of the way there.

Last I wrote for Learning the Ropes was in June 2016. I’ve ignored it for well over a year. I knew I could do erotica. I knew I could do romance. There were just so many genres I wanted to try out, I kind of forgot about it.

Since deciding Learning the Ropes is going to be my NaNo project, I’ve been rereading the chapters I have. It’s amazing how it all came back. The characters are coming back alive. The story line is forming and solidifying in my mind. But above all, I remember how much fun this story was to write. It really is a shame I stopped.

Anyone who enjoyed following Learning The Ropes and would like to know how the budding romance between Anna and Sean plays out, I could really use some people willing to give me feedback (and encouragement) come November.