My Writing Journey | November 2018 Update

by - February 10, 2019

The month of November is a writer's busiest month! Why?


What in the world is NaNoWriMo...?

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It's a challenge for writers to write 50,000 words--a novel--from November 1 to November 30.

But...I'm not doing it this year. In fact, I've never participated in NaNoWriMo...yet. I want to next year.

However, while it's true I haven't been doing NaNoWriMo, I've still found the month of November to be one of my most productive months!

Keep reading to find out what I've been up to!


I submitted an article to TheRebelution, and it was accepted! I will share that article with you in two weeks!

A guest post I had written for someone was published this week! However, I don't want to overwhelm you with too much information in one post, so I'll let you read the article in a few weeks! Keep an eye out! ;)


I've been trying to organize my novel--what I've written so far--within the past few days. I've noticed how messy this novel is. It'll probably need a rewrite. Note to selfnever begin a book without outlining it first. It's not worth it. (I'll probably talk about this in an upcoming post.)

Here are my current stats:

In His Hands
Status: Rough Draft
Word Count: 78,000
Page Count: 205
Chapter in Progress: 24
Part in Progress: Undecided

I've made a lot of progress since last month. I've been making little note cards--one for every scene--so that I can use those as a visual to put the scenes in a better order. (Yes, this novel is really bad right now, but I believe it will be great when it's finished!)


Right now, I am planning on finishing the rough draft within the next couple of months. (I get excited just thinking about it!) Then, I'll think about how I want to rewrite it: scenes I want to add or delete, characters I want to add or delete, point of views I want to add or delete... The possibilities are endless! But I've broken it down a bit on notebook paper, so I have a plan for editing and rewriting In His Hands. I still love this novel; it just needs some work. Every book does, though, right?

As I continue writing it and developing the characters, it's getting easier and easier to write In His Hands. With A Candle in the Window, I was already partially attached to the characters because I had already written them into a shorter book. But trying to step away from my characters (whom I still adore and miss very much) and endeavoring to write a brand new novel was difficult! But I didn't give up, and now I'm beginning to love my characters from In His Hands.

I even made mock covers for both my novels! (Note: I got these pictures off of Pinterest. I do not own them.)

*sighs* I love these—especially the one for In His Hands! I just made them for fun. It makes your book seem more real when you have a mock cover for it. :)


This month, I plan to keep writing my novel, In His Hands.

I also want to submit at least one of my articles by the end of December. I try to submit one article per month, but lately, that hasn't been working. That's okay, though. I'm getting lots of other things accomplished and staying busy as a person, writer, blogger, and student!

I must be a night writer. In bed, my mind swims with ideas for articles, my novels, or stories. I use the tiny notebook beside my bed often! I came up with an idea for a short story last week in bed. I'm so excited! I'm not sure when I'll begin writing it. I'm working on the outline right now.

Keep an eye out for updates on my writing, sneak peeks, and more on my blog!

let’s chat!

What about you? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? How's it going? What have you been working on lately? Tell me about it below! I'd love to chat with you!

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