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My NaNoWriMo 2017 Experience

As you may recall, I entered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. (See my post from gearing up last month at .) Here’s how it worked out for me:

I wrote most days of the month and finished a rough draft of the third book in my WWII series, set in Fairbanks in 1945. I had fun with it, and completed the draft enough to know what happens and how my main characters end up. There are some places where I left blanks to fill in later, and I closed at 27,466 words. So I didn’t win, in the conventional sense, by getting to 50,000 words. But I met my own goal by finishing a first draft, so I’m satisfied.

For the teen group at the library, the teen librarian wrote thousands of words for his project, and we had three teens who attended throughout the month. They all came up with a concept and main characters and made some progress in their books. So they’re all awesome! And I had a blast writing with them. I hope they’ll come back for our regular teen writing club, and we’ll continue to play around with writing together. That would be wonderful!

Wishing you good reading and writing,


I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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