Nearly November And That Means … by Morton S. Gray

It is nearly November and that means it’s nearly time for the annual NaNoWriMo writing challenge to write 50,000 words during the month of November. I’ve taken part in this challenge many times since 2010 and some of the books started in November have been published.

2010 – Pendle Cottage – 52,000 words written.

2011 – Wickenham Court – 50, 168 words written.

2012 – Written in the Coffee – 50,024 words written.

2013 – Millie’s War and Strange Inheritance – 50,106 words written.

2014 – Who is Harry Dixon? – 50,071 words written – This novel became my first published novel as The Girl on the Beach after winning the Choc Lit Publishing Search for a Star competition in 2016.

2015 – Divided Hearts – 50,278 words written

2016 – Mandy’s Story – 50,050 words written – This novel became my fourth published novel Sunny Days at the Beach published by Choc Lit in 2020.

2017 – Family Lost and Family Found – 33,352 words written.

2020 – Buzz’s Story – 50,019 words written.

2021 – Experiment – 13,217 words written.

So, since 2010, I’ve clocked up 449,285 words written in November months as part of this challenge. The years I didn’t make the 50,000 word target were years when other things ended up taking priority in my life.

Having not reached the target in 2021 and having such a turbulent year in 2022 make me slightly nervous to take part this year, but I’ve decided that I’m going to go for it and try something a little different too. I remind myself that even if I don’t write the full 50,000 words the words I do write are still valuable.

If you fancy a go at the writing challenge then check out the NaNoWriMo website here.

I start work on a new project Disappearing to Find Myself on Tuesday 1 November 2022. Wish me luck and I’ll let you know how I get on …

Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Summer at Lucerne Lodge published as an eBook, paperback and audio download too – Amazon Check on my Choc Lit author page for other purchasing options here 

Christmas at the Little Beach Cafe published as an eBook, audio and paperback – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKoboNook BooksGoogle Play and Choc Lit for other options.

Sunny Days at the Beach is now available as an eBook, audio and paperback – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKoboNook BooksGoogle Play and at Choc Lit for other options.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon KindleAudioApple iBooksKobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKoboApple iBooks and also as a paperback and audiobook.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels.


  1. Best of luck, Morton! As you say, it doesn’t matter how much you write – the words are important and will become part of your next project, anyway.

    All the best Sue

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