NaNoWriMo Success

If I’ve been blog-quiet for the last few weeks it is because I’ve been working on my NaNoWriMo 50,000 word manuscript to be written in the month of November. I finished the challenge at 50,103 words, but this is by no means the end. The manuscript has a way to go yet and the dreaded editing of course.

What have I learned over the last month? –

• That saying I haven’t got time to write isn’t true – I easily managed 1,700 words a day.

• That I am definitely happier writing longer pieces of work.

• A confirmation that characters can have minds of their own and lead your book into unexpected waters.

• That a theme is definitely emerging in my work which seems to point towards my genre being romantic suspense.

• That my hunger to be published is growing.

This is the third novel I have now completed at first draft stage and I am now determined to edit all three and send them out to prospective publishers.

Off to celebrate now with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate. How do you like to celebrate your achievements?

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels.


  1. Congrats! Enjoy your cup of tea and chocolate… you can even have seconds!

    I tend to celebrated with a dinner with my husband and lots of sleep!

    Good luck for editing part! You can do it!


  2. Oh, well done, Morton. It is amazing how doing NaNo makes you realise stuff about yourself.

    Romantic Suspense huh? Can't wait for you to be published 😀 (I'm eager to be published, but I know I need to pull my finger out. Sometimes life really does get in the way lol! I always tend to slow when editing… yet writing, I find it easy to do daily.)


  3. oh and I do have a bottle of cheap champagne chilling in my fridge for my first paid piece of writing… though almost felt like cracking it open getting my letter in Writing Magazine! lol!


  4. Hi Teresa – saw your letter in WM well done. Christmas seems to be getting in the way of editing at the moment, but I have a very different feel about the current book and I know it will get edited. Good luck with yours too. Mx


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