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NaNoWriMo: Do It Anyway

20151103_093623So, there’s a lot of bad stuff going on. And I posted on my author site about why I might not be able to NaNoWriMo because of stuff. Some things are better and some things are worse, but screw it, I’m just gonna do it anyway.

I started the draft on November 1, with my usual word count goals. It’s been hard to get my head in the book with all the other stuff going on (more unexpected stuff has hit the fan), and I can’t say I’m writing well, but hey, NaNo is all about doing a rough draft.

I’m going to get it done. I’ve exceeded my 2K/day word count goals every day. I realized yesterday that I was committed to writing this book. I set the novel up on the NaNo site today and entered my word count after I finished writing this morning.

Day 4 Total:  8745

Last night, hours after I’d finished writing, I had an epiphany; I had totally misunderstood one of the character’s function in the plot. It won’t change what the character says and does, but it will change the way I write it.  And that’s also when I realized that I was totally doing NaNoWriMo. I was 6,660 words into the draft, lightbulbs were going on in my head, and it’s not a good time to be drafting a new novel, but I’m gonna do it anyway.


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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