Enter NaNoWriMo, exit all other routines. That’s what it seems like. I haven’t done a serious NaNoWriMo for a while. Although I started — and finished — one last year, the book I chose to work on wasn’t a serious one for me, so I put it aside almost immediately after. Not so this year.

The last twelve months have seen a significant change in my approach to my writing career. Akin to when I first started writing, where I took the plunge and decided to find a community (writing.com) to improve my skills, so too this year has been that turning point for getting things finished and out there, and for starting on the path to sales (statistically, it’s this last part that is the fly in the ointment for so many indie authors).

So, I’ve revived my publishing company Utility Fog Press and re-released its anthologies with revised covers and front matter. I’ve also started a new imprint, Quantum Dot Press, designed to provide services to authors who want to self-publish but either don’t know how to, or don’t have the desire to do it themselves. Two books have already been completed through this new imprint: Time Machine by John Walford, best described as short, annecdotal memoirs from his life, and Cat’s Eyes by Margaret Evans-Kaufeler, and mid-grade/YA science fiction thriller. Both are now available on Amazon. I’ve also started a regional book marketing group for indie and debut authors, with the goal of developing strategies and resources for promoting our books. And, I’m finishing up my own books, revising old ones, and trying to develop my own marketing strategy. Part of this is keeping up with regular social media interactions — including this blog.

Needless to say, these various tasks have meant a significant ramping up in activity and commitments in my life, a good thing, no doubt, and I was managing it fine until I throw in one more 1667 word/day commitment — NaNoWriMo. Now, suddenly, everything takes a back seat to writing and developing my newest book, and I find myself at midnight working on webpages that need to be finished asap, and leaving the chores for ‘another day’.

In no way am I meaning this as a rant or a complaint, and I hope it doesn’t come across that way. I’m very happy with the way things are developing. It’s just that, every year at this time, I wonder if I’ve bitten off more than I can, or should, chew. Then I remind myself, first and foremost,

a writer, writes.

So, when all things are considered, this is probably the one time of year when I actually allow myself to focus on what I should be focussing on all the time. Writing. Thank you NaNoWriMo, for that reminder.

And, happy writing to all NaNoWriMo participants.

(P.S. so, that’s why some of my blog posts, etc., may be late).


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