I won NaNoWriMo 2016 and a look ahead

img_3117Since my November was interrupted with a transatlantic trip and a book release, I had little hope that I could write 50,000 words. With help from friends and a large bucket of inspiration, I did it.

I’ll be talking more here about the transatlantic trip (two days in Barcelona, cruise, and two nights in Orlando). The ship stopped at two ports, so theoretically I had 11 days at sea for writing. I spent two of those days editing/proofing my Young Adult Dystopian novel. 62,000 words. I’m glad I did. I hadn’t looked at the manuscript since June and the immersion put me back in that world. I was able to write thousands of words while watching endless nautical miles of ocean roll aft.

When I returned, I jumped into the 2016  NaNoWriMo Butt in the Chair event hosted by Tari Potter-Jewett. We ran sprints day after day, all hours of the day. This is where the numbers piled up. This is where I first posted last night that I crossed the 50K line.

A great feeling! I hope you are also celebrating a NaNoWriMo win and will tell me about it in the comments below. I’ll strike up the band with my hearty congratulations. Who will sign up for next year?

Cheers, Michelle


About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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6 Responses to I won NaNoWriMo 2016 and a look ahead

  1. Tari Lynn Jewett says:

    Congratulations Michelle! And no credit to me, you did this but thanks for writing with us!! Can’t wait to read the book and to hear about your transatlantic trip. How exciting!!

  2. WP3ICEdOkkT12cepx+9VgfBEc9YAYgs2N6ZuuJ88Xvc= says:

    SO good to hear! We welcomed our 6th grandchild (a girl) into Iflandia on Oct 28th, and she lived this whole month with us with her parents and 2 year old sister. I wish I could tell you I wrote a symphony this month; I did nothing of the sort, but got a year’s worth of Grandmothering in before they move to Alabama on Saturday for my son to attend nursing school for a year. In the meantime, I had a great time re-reading Jack fell Down, and then Egrets. I like this series plenty. My kind of quirky.

    • mlknowlden says:

      Yay for the new baby! I wrote a blog series last summer about driving with a friend to her new home in Alabama. Nice people there. Thank you for your kind words about the Deluded Detective series. I like it too!

  3. Kaye Klem says:

    Good going, Michelle!

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