Sharing #NaNoWriMo Success Stories

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Completing 50,000 words in thirty days is a major achievement, one that hundreds of thousands of NaNoWriMo participants have set as their November goal for the past eighteen years. While the end result will be part unreadable, part unfinished, and more than likely, error-ridden, the process often continues well beyond November. Many published books–including some very successful ones–started off as NaNoWriMo projects.

Here are four spectacular success stories:

Sara Gruen devoted two separate NaNos to writing Water for Elephants and then sold her work to Algonquin Publishers for $55,000. In 2007, the book topped the New York Times Best Seller list and hit the big screen with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in 2011.

Erin Morgenstern began writing The Night Circus in November of 2004. That first year, Erin ended up with 50,000 words of unconnected scenes and imagery. She then spent the next two NaNos adding to the story…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about SIBLINGS #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  SIBLINGS for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Sara swears like a truck driver and Aimee looks like my older brother.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


He set his chin on the top of her head, and she snuggled against him, just like when they’d been a couple of lonely, motherless kids on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, and she’d pretended he was her big brother.

Kathryn Jane


There was absolutely no way her brother could have committed such a violent careless crime on another human being. He might not be the most considerate or compassionate person, but a murderer?

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


The pain in both the siblings’ eyes made Scott regret bringing up the idea, but to solve a problem you had to look it square in the face.

Marsha West


Pete moved until his shoulders touched Nate’s…

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Scents, Aromas, & Emotions

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Yesterday I finished up my container of Jergens Lotion. It was the kind with Shea Butter, super good for dry skin and has a nice scent. It’s a large container as you can see, and I’ve used it for a long time.

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When I reached under the sink to see what else was there, I pulled out the Jergens with the original scent. I slathered it on my legs and arms.

And I was instantly back in my mother’s bathroom. Now she’s been gone for over 14 years, but that scent said MOTHER in all capital letters. My mother was never a “little old lady.” In fact, when she was in the retirement center, she worried about the “little old ladies” who didn’t have someone to speak up for them.

Isn’t it interesting how an aroma or scent can do that? Old Spice makes me think of my father. The…

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Bring on the Holidays! Food. Movies. Books.

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 popcornThanksgiving is right around the corner and for my family, this day marks the kick-off of the holiday season.

Tons of parties with good food. Snacks to curl up on the couch with and munch on while watching a sentimental holiday flick.

I love it! If I can, I watch:

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Charlie Brown Christmas charlie brown dancing

It’s a Wonderful Life!

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

Then I cram in these:

You’ve Got Mail

While You were Sleeping

Christmas in Connecticut

The Bishop’s Wife

And for Christmas Eve, my family watches:

Stalag 17

White_Chrismas_filmWhite Christmas (and sing the songs!)

All pretty standard fare – right? No? You mean Stalag 17 is a war movie?

LOL. Well, it is. But it takes place on Christmas Eve and there are lots of Christmas references in it with a great resolution in the end. Having boys, by incorporating this one, the romantic…

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Betrayed!

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by Kathryn Jane

Betrayed:

Powerful Stories of Kick-Ass Crime Survivors

Some months ago I was asked if I would like to contribute a short story to an anthology. But not just any anthology. This one was being produced to benefit survivors of violence, and ALL the proceeds would be going to help those in need.

Seemed like a good idea for a worthy cause, so I said yes.

That’s when things got really wild because I started to see the names of the other authors participating. OMGoodness! Cream of the crop thriller writers were signing on.

Surprised is a mild word to express how I felt. But really, considering the woman at the helm was Pam Stack, of Writers on the Air, I should not have been surprised. Pam interviews amazing upper echelon writers all the time.

But pinch me, I am part of this team, and my story is…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about HOME, MEMORIES, SIBLINGS, or PARENTS, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  HOME, MEMORIES, SIBLINGS, or PARENTS for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


From the front seat, I grabbed a grocery sack containing a baggie of Aunt Rosie’s homemade confections and tucked the pipe wrench under my arm.

Vicki Batman


Walking into this smoky structure was like going into a dark cave: the home of the beast, the lair of the dragon.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


“Stay home and eat some good Italian food for a change,” Maria said, a hint of steel in her voice.

Joanne Guidoccio


That on top of three weeks of living with her father’s massive ego was more than enough to remind her why she left home the day after her sixteenth birthday.

Kathryn Jane


She glanced around the office space, the stacks of books, the framed certificates and degrees, and the pictures of his family. She couldn’t help…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about VISCERAL REACTIONS, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about VISCERAL REACTIONS for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Rafe didn’t hurt her, but Juliet felt the strength in his grip through the blanket. His breath grazed her hair, and her heart tumbled over itself.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


But the chunk about them nearly having sex had me wanting to spew my guts. I so didn’t need to know about her libido.

Vicki Batman


Matt’s heartbeat stalled as he leaned over and did what he’d been dreaming of doing all week; he kissed her sweet, luscious mouth.

Jacquie Biggar


Every nerve in her body went on alert. Rarely did she feel panic, but she felt it now – on a very visceral level.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Jason’s gut told him the scar signified something far more sinister. The mark was ominous, almost as though it had been deliberately etched there.

Claire…

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