images-1So I decided to do it––participate in National Novel Writing Month. Also known as November to sane people. To clarify, I intend to ride on the coattails of those who have seriously committed to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, be propelled forward on the fumes of your momentum. I’m already many months in. I’ve been working, some days with only tenacity pulling me through, other days with triumph, but my aim is to finish the first draft by the end of the year with this push. I have established a daily word count that I must meet, so it’s all above board, see? I haven’t signed up on the NaNoWriMo website but I’m quite serious all the same. I just can’t be bothered with the daily checking of another website on my relentless roster.

I hope you don’t consider me a dilettante. I mean well. And it’s no skin off your NaNose now is it?images

I remember last year, bloggers’ posts of impressive word counts and spontaneous plot twists. I was still an early-days blogger finding my way, with a just-released novel, so while I may have vaguely wondered about this strangely named writing-related activity, I wasn’t about to embrace it on top of everything else. My head would have popped right off and impaled itself on the chandelier. Now it’s screwed on tight to withstand this whole writing/blogging mash-up, so I’m giving it a go.

I took a little squint at the NaNoWriMo website to get my bearings. Boy, there are a lot of people using it to write novels. In my New York area alone, 20,325 to be precise. Although London is close with 20,290. When not daunted I feel inspired at the thought of all those heads bowed over keyboards in rented rooms or sunlit conservatories or pub corners or garden sheds across those two throbbing literary metropolises. Not to mention the 670 members hard at work in Greenville, North Carolina and the 50 members in Cambodia.

Just think, during Christmas, we can eat, drink and trim trees with our novel practically bound and on bookstore shelves in time for next summer’s beach reading.

Now bugger off, I’m on a deadline.Unknown

My first novel, Silk for the Feed Dogs, written over a hectically productive period of, um, gosh, years is available here.


  1. Hilarious post! Love the NaNose 🙂

  2. Wishing you Good Luck and a fabulous place to work. Now sit your bum down and get to it! XO

  3. Good for you. Whatever pushes you forward.

  4. Hung Tran

    Wishing you the best of luck. And the steeliest of determination!

  5. Catching up with my blog faves after time away – of course you’re on the list. Hilarious – no skin off your Na-Nose – hehehehe. I agree with your take on what would have happened to your head last year if you delved into NaNo. I was so tripped up by the name of the thing when I first started blogging, I thought I was seeing things. You go girl and make it work for you. Looking forward to the next Jackie Mallon book hitting the shelves.

    • Thanks Francis, I have my NaNose to the grindstone and hope not to disappoint.
      I was perplexed by the name too. Of course, now it makes perfect sense: when you’re writing a novel in a month you don’t have time to spell out entire words 😉

  6. GAH! I’m not sure why your posts haven’t been coming up in my reader!! I’m going to unfollow and re-follow to see if that fixes it. I hope it does~!! Sorry I missed the last couple- I always love reading your wonderful words and stories, including this one~!! xo

  7. Oh thank you, Huntress. It may be my fault. I had some commitments this past few weeks that meant the number of my posts suffered. But now I’m back on track and all yours! XO

  8. Congrats on setting goals (and achieving them). It must be a great feeling sitting down, ignoring the whole world and spending time with all the wonderful thoughts in your head…putting them to paper … You inspire us all.

    XOXO Nensi & Natasha

  9. Words will be spilling forth from every orifice by the time you finish this..finger speed and strength to you! xxx

  10. My sentiments exactly! I was just thinking the other day – you COULD write a novel in a month if you just put the plan in action. So why haven’t I finished ‘What Line’ yet? We can do this Jackie! And by the end of the year! GO!

  11. I’m not entirely sure why you’d put yourself through this ordeal but judging by the definition of the word ‘writer’ above, I shouldn’t have wondered now, should I? 🙂 And you don’t even drink coffee! Ah! the mind boggles! xxx

  12. I know that there are hard and fast rules about NaNo, wherein the novel has to be brand new and it can’t be something you worked on before and you have to finish on November 46th and write with a no.2 pencil made out of your own hair, but seriously, where would literature be without breaking the rules? On the formulaic Mary Sue shelf, that’s where. Can’t wait to hear about your new novel. Keep at it 😀

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