November Is for Writing Novels

November 4, 2017 books, miscellaneous 20

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Halloween is over, and my grandma is already panicking about baking Christmas cookies, so November is officially here. And you know what November means – it’s NaNoWriMo time! I had this whole plan of carefully plotting a new novel, so I’d be all ready by November 1st, but then Things™ happened, the 1st of November arrived, and I had nothing. I figured I’ll skip it this year, but like every year I just couldn’t resist the momentum of NaNoWriMo, so on the evening of November 1st I decided I’ll join in anyway. Who needs plots, right? Me. The answer is me.

There was a creative writing group at uni when I was doing my postgrad in Newcastle last year, but now I live in the countryside, so I had to get creative. The feeling of community and getting to know other writers is what I love most about NaNo, so I breached out and found some small writing groups in the area. By in the area I mean I have to drive 30-60 minutes to get there, but hopefully next year I’ll be a little better situated again. I went to my first meeting yesterday and got some writing done, so yay for that! I think one of the major reasons I haven’t finished NaNo so far besides being frickin busy is my perfectionism. This time, I’m trying to just get down 50k without constantly worrying that it’s not good, so wish me luck!

The Shiny

genuine fraud by e.lockhart cover any way you slice it by kristin carlsson aselin cover


I got these on netgalley, so thanks to Hot Key Books and Whicked Whale Publishing! Reviews coming up soon.

‘Round the Web

On the Blog

Tune of the Week



I love Orishas, and they actually had a concert close to me in October! I never thought they would come here, so naturally I had to go. I also found out that a good friend of mine likes to listen to them, so we went together and had a fun time.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you already as behind as I am, or are you doing brilliantly? Do you think November is too early to think about Christmas, or have you already decorated your place from top to bottom? Let me know below!

As always, I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

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20 Responses to “November Is for Writing Novels”

  1. Eve

    Your new books look nice I hope you enjoy them. I decided against trying NaNoWriMo this year because I was just way too behind on everything and didn’t want to add anything lol My Shelf

  2. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Frankly, it’s rude that you now have me obsessed with these stupid paperclips, just waiting for ALIE to whisk me away to the City of Light. I DO want to know what year we are in but I am kind of tired so I wish you had just told me hahahah.

    You can definitely do NaNo! I am skipping it this year, but that is because my competitive ass would force me to finish even if it was garbage. I will be cheering for you! Definitely looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Genuine Fraud too!
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  3. Lynn

    I love that song Represent Cuba! I would love to see them once as well! Glad you enjoyed it! Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

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