Risky Regencies

NaNoWriMo and a Poem

The first week of National Novel Writing Month is over. So far I’m having a blast. Somehow (it still feels like a miracle) I have managed to silence the internal editor that’s been shouting more loudly at me with each book and I’m having so much fun with this story it ought to be illegal. Possibly it is in some states!

You can see my progress at my NaNoWriMo profile page. I’m up to 12,000 words already and amazingly enough, they’re better than my usual rough draft.

I think the reason it’s working so well is that it’s just a month and it’s November, a month when holidays often interfere with serious writing. My inner critic will usually tell me I shouldn’t waste time noodling around with story ideas that might not work. But somehow limiting the noodling to a normally unproductive month makes it a low risk proposition. Low pressure=high productivity. Duh!

BTW the cartoon is by Debbie Ridpath Ohi at www.inkygirl.com. She’s got quite a few that speak to the craziness of writers!

Now I’d like to share a poem my daughter wrote at school. The assignment was to use some number of their weekly spelling words, which included the terms they are using to describe story development. Here ’tis:


Lots of drafting and revising,
As for editing, the computer does that.
I wonder whether she has a planning page?
For publishing, go to the publisher,
What do you do with the book?
Put it in a contest!

Where judges are admiring your book,
or giving it a dirty look.
Sometimes “I won” is right.
Sometimes “I lost” is right.
It can still be good, you hear?
One book wins.
Could it be yours?
If not maybe not here,
Because judges have different likes and dislikes.

I thought this was cute and sure wish the computer did my editing!

LADY DEARING’S MASQUERADE, RT Reviewers’ Choice, Best Regency Romance of 2005

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Megan Frampton
16 years ago

Wow, you go, Elena! Kicking butt and taking names!


And your daughter’s poem is so cute. Talent like that must run in the family.

Diane Perkins
16 years ago

Congrats on the writing. I attended an all day workshop on Book in a Week with April Kihlstrom, with the same philosophy – low stress=high output

Your daughter’s poem is a treasure! And it contains very good writing philosophy, too!

Cara King
16 years ago

Hey, I want a computer like yours! 🙂


Amanda McCabe
16 years ago

Love the poem, Elena! And if you ever find one of those magical editing computers, let me know. 🙂

And congrats on the 12,000 words!

Janet Mullany
16 years ago

Good for you, Elena!
What a smart daughter you have.

16 years ago

That poem made me smile. And put me on the list for magic editing computers. Dell could make a fortune!

16 years ago

How old is your daughter? I thought the poem was great!

I am very, very impressed by the 12,000 words. I was even more impressed before, but Cara told me that you were actually allowed to reuse some of the words you’ve used before. It’s still very impressive, though!


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