Words in the Dark

Words in the Dark: Post 1

Welcome back to my blog. Over the last four months, during my return to authorhood, I’ve posted articles about

  • author, artist, or educator interviews
  • adventure and travel
  • gardening
  • health
  • photo challenges
  • book challenges
  • The Walking Dead
  • Edmonton and weather
  • events (such as Words in the Park)
  • education
  • writing (including NaNoWriMo), editing, and publishing

In the spring, I posted on music as a barometer of well-being and answering the dream job question. Prior to that, you’ll find articles on parenting teens, memory (health), and manuscript editing. My four basic categories somehow mushroomed into twelve. Hmm …

In July and August, I ran my first blog series: Snippets of an Author’s Life.

It’s time for a second blog series: Words in the Dark.

witp2016_photofunia-1476590635One minute after 11:59 p.m. on Halloween night is midnight November 1st, when NaNoWriMo 2016 begins! After trick-or-treating with the grandsons, I will be up, waiting, so that on the stroke of twelve, I can begin my race to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Many of these words will be written in the dark, since our days here on the 53rd latitude grow rather short.

Even if I get my 50,000 words, though, I’m a NaNo Rebel this year. I won’t necessarily be revising a novel, but I’ll be writing new material for an existing novel, Beyond the Music, begun in May 2012. I hope to make a significant dent in the book because it has been sitting idle, shoved to the back burner while life happens and the resurrection of Beyond the Precipice takes place. The adrenaline and atmosphere during the NaNoWriMo event is an optimum time for me to write since many people know that I do NaNo in November. This means I bury myself in writing whenever I’m not working. They understand I won’t come up for air until after November 30th.

Winner-2014-Square-ButtonI also like a good competition, especially with myself. I have to admit, the graph NaNoWriMo.org provides excites me. These are my stats for Druyan (fantasy adventure novel), which will release in fall 2017. It’s not hard to see where the Sundays are, when I often wrote for twelve hours to compensate for a six-day workweek with a brutal schedule. It should be more reasonable this year.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo as well, good luck! If you’re not, wish me luck.

I’ll be posting my progress under the Words in the Dark blog series.

Happy Halloween.

October 31, added note: New definitions for NaNo Rebel have been posted in the NaNoWriMo forum. See Words in the Dark: Post 2.

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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One Response to Words in the Dark

  1. Pingback: NaNoWriMo Novels: You No Longer Have to Start From Scratch | Beyond the Precipice

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