IWSG Day, Blurbs, Titles & NaNoWriMo

Happy IWSG Day! Can you believe it’s our second to last bloghop of 2021? No matter, we’ll come together every first Wednesday of the month for years to come. Sharing our hopes and dreams, our stumbles and failures as we go on our writing journeys. Thanks for bringing us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The awesome co-hosts for the November 3 posting of the IWSG are: Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery!

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So what’s going on with me this month?

Well, as I’m sure you know it’s NaNoWriMo. And less than 48 hours before NaNoWriMo began I’d made my decision. I started a new story, book two of my fantasy WIP, instead of becoming a rebel. Of course that left me not enough time to prepare an outline. Good thing, I already had all the information I needed from the first book’s notes and research. Also have added two new characters. A spy/informant and an infant. More new characters will come later.

It looks like I’ll be pantsing a bit more than plantsing this year. So I’ll be outlining as well as writing the new book “The Otherside of Sanctuary.” Even made a few temporary book covers to get me motivated despite the fact I’m currently without an outline. But with my own personal goal of 491 words a day, stretching NaNoWriMo into December. I should reach my word count goal of 30,000 words by the end of 2021. My current word count is 1,272 words, so so far, so good.

Also, I’m enjoying my latest thesaurus from Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. Thumbed through my new The Conflict Thesaurus. And found some frictions, moral dilemmas and temptations to explore in book 2. So far, I have only four of the thesaurus collection. Have five more to go before I own them all!

November 3 question – What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

Agh, blurbs and titles. It seems as if this month’s IWSG question is in sync with my usual predicaments. They’re both hard to do. I’m glad at least for now I have no problems in coming up with a title. But writing a blurb is the bane of my current existence. I can look up all the tips I want, follow a blurb template and still have trouble writing one. So far, the blurb I’ve tried to write for my NaNoWriMo is:

Anaya isn’t just a thief, she’s a half elf and a kilin touched. The world has become a dangerous place for her and her kind so now lives in hiding in an enchanted forest. Filled with guilt and rage she spends her days and nights training to become stronger. Sneaking out to bring back news and rescuing others to find sanctuary. But most important of all is getting justice but her enemy is determined to catch her as well. Will Anaya avenge her loved ones or will her actions lead to a much worse disaster?

I know. I know. It’s only a draft and needs lots of work. Lots, lots, lots of work. But you see what I mean.

What’s going on with you this month? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? What is your NaNo novel about? What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb? How was your Halloween? It was less busy than previous years, and had no trick-or-treaters last year. But still had some knocks on my door, my own son included. Now I have so much leftover Halloween candy I feel like Willy Wonka. I’ll be shipping some of the candy to my mom. Then send the rest to my son’s elementary school as they’ll donate the candy overseas.


    • Thanks Natalie. I’m a slow writer myself. That’s why I make my own personal writing goal. For the past several NaNoWriMo’s instead of 50k I strive for 30k words. And instead of doing it 30 days, I add another month, making it 61 days.


  1. Good luck with NaNo! I’m not doing it. I’ve only tried it once and tapped out after a week. LOL Sending you all the good vibes as since you’re plantsing this time. Little by little you’ll get there!

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  2. What a beautiful cover for your story! It definitely draws me in. And I like the title, too. Glad you are doing Nano, even if it means finishing later. Some of my writing friends aren’t even participating because they know they won’t make the 50k. November is no time for perfection.

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    • Thanks Liza. I was the same when I first heard of NaNoWriMo. Then I decided to jump in and participate as well. Only didn’t participate in NaNo once.


  3. Good start on your blurb, Lidy. And bravo for jumping right into NaNo and writing and outlining at the same time. More power to you! I write too slowly to participate in NaNo. Plus I have enough stress in my life already. Angela and Becca’s thesauruses are truly valuable. All best to you!


    • Thanks. Still have my doubts about the blurb. I’m a slow writer myself and I usually have an outline to work off of. So writing and outlining at the same time is not easy. Still, I took too long to decide whether to be a rebel or start a new story. I’ve made my bed and now I have to write in it.
      I love their thesaurus collection. Already have the Emotions, Emotional Wound, Occupation and Conflicts thesaurus. Only need the other five to complete the collection. Sigh, it makes a great holiday present. Hint, hint to any family or friends following my blog. LOL. ;-D


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