This past November I discovered NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. It involves a personal challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November, non-stop, without spending time looking back or editing. Being a woman who loves to tackle things that seem impossible, I committed. And won. The prize? Bragging rights, and an online video of a bunch of people clapping their hands and yelling, “You did it! You wrote a novel!” It was worth it.

Cherie Haas
Photo by Stephen Metz, Broadcast Photo

I wrote every day of the month except for two – when my Dad had a mini-stroke I put down the laptop and drove to West Virginia with my brothers to be with him. He’s doing great now, thank God. And yes, I wrote on Thanksgiving Day, with just a couple of days left for NaNoWriMo, when I packed my laptop into my car with my hubby and our two sons to drive back to WV for the holiday, and made said hubby drive us so that I could write. I wasn’t online, so I used an archaic software program, which I could barely see because of the sun glare as we drove down the AA Highway into the morning sun. On that trip, I hit 50,000 words, laughed and wanted to cry with excitement.

But before that point, I was so inspired by this challenge that I wrote about 5 Writing Lessons That I Learned from NaNoWriMo But Know Much Better Now, and it was accepted as a guest blog for WritersDigest.com (click here to read it). I know that NaNo, as we affectionately call it, is off the radar of a lot of writers by now, but since I’m in the editing phase of my novel about a fire eater (2016 update: Girl on Fire is now published!), I wanted to share the Writer’s Digest post. I think you’ll like it – I’ve been told that it’s funny, and for what it’s worth, it’s gotten a few likes on social media.

Sorry for the post that’s not directly related to dance or fire arts, but perhaps you like to write, too. If so, then it was worth our time. 🙂

Happy dancing, writing, firing (no, wait – fire dancing!), LIVING,
Cherie Dawn

Girl on Fire, a novel | CherieDawnLovesFire.com

To get your copy of Girl on Fire: A Novel, visit Barnes and Noble online, Joseph Beth Booksellers online, or Amazon:
Girl on Fire: A Novel (print version)
Girl on Fire: A Novel (Kindle version)

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6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo, Writer’s Digest, and Me

    1. Loved this line especially: “I have a story to tell, and I’m not fooling around any more.” That’s exactly the way I feel about my writing these days: it’s time to get down to business!

      1. I love that you relate to this! Thanks for sharing your own passion about writing. 🙂 We only have so much time, and no one will know our stories if we only think about writing… Peace!

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