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 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

About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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