J. E. H U N T E R

A writer of young adult fiction specializing in self-publishing, creativity, and writing.

So it begins again! Another year, another NaNoWriMo! This year, completing NaNo is pretty important to me, because it’s just about the only way I get a big body of work done when I’m working a full time job. Last year, during my full-time writing life, completing NaNo was a breeze. I had 6 hours a day to write 1,647 words, which, if you do the math, is only 274.5 words an hour. Completely doable for me, even if I’m writing by hand.

This year, as I’m writing and holding down a very busy full-time job, I have maybe about an hour every day to squeeze out those same 1,647 words. But yet, it is only an hour a day. So a bit less sleep, a bit less cruising around on my phone, and certainly less Netflix. But it is only 1 month of my life, and writing another novel to tell a story that I love is definitely worth it!

Working away on NaNo. I’ve got a fan!

So what am I working on for NaNo 2021? This month I’m aiming to finishing up with the drafts for the rest of The Gemology Saga, which I began with By Sapphire Light. If you haven’t read that one yet, you should, because it’s amazing. It’s out-wide now, which means you can find By Sapphire Light on for Kindle, Kobo, or whatever e-reading app you use. One day I will get around to doing the print copy. But I just haven’t had time for that. And, as a self-published author, I find that the majority of my sales are in e-books. Let’s be real, most people who want a paperback go to the bookstore where they can hold it in their hands first. I know I certainly do. But either way, I am going to do a paperback, once I find all that fabled time that is.

I know I’m a bit late in posting my traditional NaNo post, so I’m just going to let that speak to how busy I am. I’m also currently behind on my NaNo word count by one day, which means I’m 1,647 words short. The goods news is the weekend is just around the corner and I have a bucketful of candy bar bribes from halloween. So—all in all—I know I can do this! I can do this, because I want to do this! And as long as I keep that in mind, I know I’ll get to the end!

Are you doing NaNo this year? How are you planning to meet your goals?


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