IWSG, Final Writing Reports & NaNoWriMo

Happy IWSG Day! It’s the final blog hop of 2021. We’ve come a long way apart and together. And we’ll be doing it again the following year. As always thanks for bringing us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The awesome co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are: PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So what’s going on with me this month?

Well I missed giving my second tri-annual writing report last month. Whether it was intentional or I’d plain forgotten remains to be answered. But here’s my second writing progress report of the year.


  • None


  • No new stories added on Wattpad


  • Edited/cut out several sentences/paragraphs
  • Added 636 words to ~40k word count

Winter/Fall Writing Plan:

  • Rewrite/revise/edit urban fantasy “The Otherside of Home” (FKA Hellsgate)


  • Rewrite/revise/edit second book in urban fantasy “The Otherside of Sanctuary”

Considering I’d written more this period compared to the first tri-annual report. So that deserves some praise. But my plans to rewrite/edit and submit my romantic short “What Happens in Caribana” fell by the wayside.

Continuing on, for the first half of my personal NaNoWriMo goals I started off strong. I was making my daily word count goal of 491 words. That soon changed. As the second week of NaNo approached, my word count dwindled down to zero words for several days. 

But I started bouncing back by the third week, even writing 748 words one day, then 654 words the next day. Though, that happened on Thanksgiving week and we all know how hard it is to get a word typed around the holidays. Especially if you’re hosting with friends and families.

According to the NaNoWriMo calendar at my current rate I’d complete my novel in 2022. Will have to up my daily word count to 800 words a day to make my writing goal or as close to it. Here’s to the next 31 days!

December 1 question – In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

A blank page stresses me out the most. Especially when I know how the story should unfold. Yet for some reason my fingers don’t get the message. Or my brain doesn’t want to transfer the images onto the keyboard. What delights me the most in my writing is creating. Bringing to life and discovering new characters and the worlds they live in. That’s the best part of writing. Being able to meet new people and going along on these great adventures with them. The thrill of discovery.

What’s going on with you this month? Did you take part in NaNoWriMo? What were your results? What’s next after NaNoWriMo? Are you participating in the final #PitMad of 2021 today? In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! See you in 2022!


  1. I get really stressed out about the blank page too. I’m learning to fill them with words faster as I’m nearing the end of my manuscript. Good luck finishing yours. It sounds like you made a lot of progress in November.

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    • Thanks Natalie. But seriously, the blank page is the bane of my existence. And as I’m pantsing this year (I’m a plantser) the blank page is even more daunting than usual. The only way to overcome it I’ve learned is to write by hand. Sometimes what I write makes it into the manuscript, sometimes it doesn’t.


    • Happy Holidays Pat. It’s the opposite for me. Seeing that blank page makes me wary to mar the clean perfection with my less than stellar storytelling. And this is when I know and live by C.J. Cherryh’s quote “It’s okay to write garbage- as long as you edit brilliantly.”


    • We should start a group called Blank Pages Support Group. Me, I like starting and writing the first draft. It’s like geyser of imagination is let loose. If only I can get past that blank page. That blank page is like Monopoly ‘do no pass go,’ sending me to writer’s jail.


    • Yes, exactly. Starting, taking that first step is always the hardest. But then when you actually get past that blank page wall watch the words fly across the page. Making you wonder what was the hold up in the first place. Then the blank page gets you again.

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    • Know they do camp NaNoWriMo in April and July. Never seem to catch a break doing camp NaNoWriMo. Last few times I tried I always had some sort of computer problem. It’s like it’s my fate to participate in November. To me the blank page seems to be foreshadowing that what the story I’ll fill it with won’t be worth it, so might as well delete it before I write it. Then give myself a mental shake and start writing, no matter how slow going.


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