Happy Monday readers.
My wonderful TWRP sistah (as she likes to say) Peggy Jaeger is with us today to explain a little more about what NaNoWriMo is and what it means to her. Read on to be inspired.
I love a personal challenge.
Since I’m an only child (and have all the ridiculous baggage that goes along with the title) I’ve never been one to go out for team sports. Competitive contests are just not my forte. But a personal challenge, well, there you have something else entirely. Trying to best no one else but myself, knowing the reward for winning will be a boost to my fragile ego and failure won’t make me look like a loser in front of people, well, bring it on!
One of my favorite personal challenges is the annual NANOWRIMO contest for writers of all genres. Every November 1 thousands of writers from all walks of life and phases in their writing careers signup for a month long on-line event inspiring them to write a minimum 50,000 word novel by November 30. The acronym stands for National Novel Writing Month and the name says it all.
There’s an on-line community of Nanowrimo-s who help you achieve your goal, encourage you through the process, and even offer cyber Badges of completion when you get through another phase of the contest. The only commitment you need to make is to write everyday. You can track your word count on the Nano site, and it will even given you an estimate - based on how many words you are doing per day - when you might actually finish the challenge. I’ve written – and had published – my last 3 NANO manuscripts. Not too shabby. Last year, after the 30 days was done I had an 86,000 word novel. That book released this year on 9/23, edited down to 75,000 words. But still…It’s a very rewarding experience to commit to something, follow through with it every single day, and then see the fruits of all your labors at the end of the challenge.
Perhaps the best thing about NANOWRIMO is you are competing – for lack of a better term – against yourself. You don’t need to train to beat somebody else. The end result is up to you: your effort, your determination, your aspiration to come to the finish line a winner. Once the month is over, and you have your 50,000 words documented, you even get a WINNER certificate. Love that.
But the real reward for me is the lift my desire and love of writing gets. Like a dead car battery needs an electrical jump to restart it, I consider November’s NaNoWriMo contest my writing jump. It gets me jazzed about my work, energized to continue with it long after the challenge date has passed, and fills me with a sense of tingly expectation about what is to come for my writing career. The completion of the event, for me, is a huge endorphin-releasing rush of accomplishment.
So, if you love a personal challenge where you don’t need to train, eat a certain diet, or wear specialty clothes, but simply write for the love of the craft, the NANOWRIMO challenge has your name written all over it. I’ve signed up for this year’s event. Have you? Well, what are you waiting for?
Family Practice Doctor Clarissa Rogers’ first impression of Padric Cleary is biased and based on gossip. The handsome, charming veterinarian is considered a serial dater and commitment-phobic by his family and most of the town. Relationship shy, Clarissa refuses to lose her heart to a man who can’t pledge himself to her forever.
Pat Cleary, despite his reputation, is actually looking for "The One." When he does give his heart away, he wants it to be for life. With his parent’s marriage as his guidebook, he wants a woman who will be his equal and soul mate in every way.
Can Pat convince everyone – including Clarissa – she’s the only woman for him?
“Have you ever been friends with a girl before?” she finally asked.
“Have a beer and shoot some pool friends? Or the kind with benefits?”
She laughed out loud, shook her head and grinned. “Have you ever been friends with a girl without having sex mixed into the equation?”
“Not since I was sixteen,” he admitted and then felt his neck heat. “Why?”
She cocked her head again. “It’s no secret I’m attracted to you, too. I think my reaction to the way you kissed me proves it.”
“Why am I hearing a ‘but’?”
Her lips twitched at the corners. “But I don’t jump into bed with a man because I’m attracted to him.”
“I never thought you did.”
“Good to know.” He cocked his head. “So, what’s being friends got to do with anything?”
Clarissa sighed and settled back against the doorframe. “Can I be honest?”
“I would hope so.”
“I’ve been hearing about your reputation with women since I moved here, and I’m not looking to be the flavor of the week.”
He stared at her for a second as hurt washed through him. “When you say honest, you don’t pull any punches.”
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance author who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can't live without them.
Her current titles, available now, include SKATER'S WALTZ and THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, and FIRST IMPRESSIONS books 1 through 3 in her 6-book The MacQuire Women Series, published by The Wild Rose Press.
Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.
A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.