How 2016 NanoWriMo Is Going To Cure Writer’s Block

Nanowrimo name dkblinux98

Title & genre of 2016 project:  Seventy Six Falls (Thalia Chase: Sex Therapist, Book Two), LGBT+

Years participatedThis is my first year participating. I’ve not ever done the camp.

How did you find out about Nano?   I found out about Nano through Literature & Latte’s Scrivener application, which is absolutely the best writing software ever!

I published Book One in the Thalia Chase: Sex Therapist series on June 11, 2016. When the idea for the series came to me last November, I had everything neatly planned out. I would release book one, Eagle Cove in June. I would release book two, Seventy Six Falls, in September, three in April 2017 and four in September 2017.

Writing Eagle Cove had been easy. It never occurred to me I would struggle with Seventy Six Falls. I moved the release to November, scheduled my editor, and my audio performance artist, and continued to delude myself that I would make the deadline.

By the end of September, I was halfway through the first draft, much of it very rough due to using dictation. And I had to face the fact that I wouldn’t finish in time.  So, with my head down and my ego bruised, I wrote a blog post notifying my readers that I was delaying the release to the Spring of 2017.

Last year I didn’t find out about NaNoWriMo until after November. So when I was alerted to the event this year, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

I love the fact that I’m going to be able to connect with local writers. I’m not the sort of person who can sit isolated in front of a laptop and write. I need people and activity, or at least a change of scenery.  Much of Eagle Cove and Seventy Six Falls was written sitting in a cove on my pontoon boat on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky.

I’m a new writer.  I’m working hard to establish good working habits and a schedule that includes time for social media, marketing, podcasting, and writing. I’m putting a lot of faith in 2016 NaNoWriMo and my writing buddies to push me to establish a writing schedule and discipline that will carry me not only through book two but well into my future writing projects.

NaNoWriMo, I won’t fail you. Don’t fail me.


  1. Best wishes on your project and developing good habits. I'm using Scrivener, too, though I know not to its fullest potential. I keep meaning to investigate the software more come December or some other part of the year and have yet to do so. Happy writing!

  2. I love connecting with other writers too, whether it's the same genre or not. Developing good writing habits is a must. Nano helps me push though those times when I don't feel in the mood. Good luck this Nano!


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