October 20, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Around this time last year, I participated in Preptober, the October planning stage before November’s National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo.
Every year, NaNoWriMo-ers all over the world challenge themselves to crank out a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
Writing is such a solitary activity, but with NaNoWriMo you feel a little less alone.
Participants track their word counts, cheer for each other, and share tips/advice in person and on the net. With COVID-19 , I’m sure there will be fewer in person.
Book Two of my Mistywood Lane series, He Could Be the One, was my 2016 NaNoWriMo  project. At the end, I had a bare bones draft of 50,000 words, but I "won" 2016 NaNoWriMo with a solid grasp of hero and heroine characterizations and major plot points.
Five months and several drafts later, this enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy increased to 88,000  words.
I indie-pubbed it. (The first and third books are indie pubbed, too.)
How I enjoyed writing feisty, potty-mouthed Quinn Sommers and reformed player Lance Donovan. These two had me LOL as I typed. I looked forward to opening their file. (Always a good WIP sign.) Here's a link to the Romance In Color review for He Could Be the One, the final product. 
I'd hoped readers could feel just how much I enjoyed writing this series that's so dear to my heart. Based on the feedback I've received, you did. And  yes, I'm admitting I have favorites among my book babies. ;D 
Think NaNoWriMo is something you want to try, here's a link for all the details.
Unfortunately, I can't do Preptober or NaNoWriMo 2020. Too much going on.
I had a “win” last year, meaning I made the 50,000 word count in 30 days, but that manuscript isn’t done yet. 
Writing is a refuge when all sorts of crazy bangs on the door.  I pop in the earplugs, get in the flow, and take no shortcuts.
In honor of Preptober and National Novel Writing Month, I’ve posted some of  my 2019/throwback pics from Insta-NaNoWriMo.
(How cool is the official NaNoWriMo 2019 mug?)
I was at Panera when I took the pic with the bagel. For snack breaks and an occasional change of scenery, I used to write there. 
I miss those Panera days. (Sigh.) Will appreciate them even more when I can (safely) return and hang out for hours. 
Until next time :)