On Starting Again, Again


Because wouldn’t you rather look at this amazing sunrise than a blank screen?

The blank page (er, screen)…

It’s staring me in the face these days.

That’s not entirely true. My alter-ego, mystery-writing self J.M. Maison is busy at work on the next book in The Empty Nest Can Be Murder mystery series (it will be done soon).

But me? Myself? I?

I’m starting over, again. The wheels are churning. I have an idea, several, they’re coming together (I wrote about it here on Writer Unboxed last month…about cooking an idea). I’m hoping this: that I’ll finish the mysterious first draft, then just in time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month in November) the pieces will have fallen into place for the next novel.

That’s what happened last year. NaNo was a big success for me (you can read my husband’s funny post about it here). I wrote the first draft of a novel (I’m now querying). I love the exciting wind-in-my-hair feeling I got from NaNo. And I think I’m going to do it again.

Okay, that’s all today—I’m off to write. Have a great day everyone!

What about you? Have you ever NaNo-ed? Did you like it? Or not so much?




  1. Julia – You’re off and running; kicking butt and taking names in the writing world. Whoohoo!

  2. Cynthia Robertson says:

    I’m starting a new novel too, Julia. It’s so scary! Fun, exciting, but also terrifying. Do you feel like this with every one you write? I guess what I’m asking/saying is I hope the terror lessens, as we get finished drafts and polished novels under our belts, but the excitement remains.

    • “Fun, exciting, but also terrifying…” YES! I do feel like this with every one. And I wouldn’t say the terror gets less for me…now I expect it and can actually (kind of) manage it to my advantage. Here goes… 🙂

  3. Go you! I love and hate that “what’s next” feeling — it always gets me all riled up. I did my own NaNo once (not in November) and it was a wonderful success. I draft pretty much all of my novels that quickly now, though they’re usually too long to fit in one month. For me it’s more like 2-3 months of intensive but fast-drafting. Good luck with the current and new!

    • Sounds like we’re a lot alike — I know exactly what you mean about the love/hate feeling. That’s cool that you’ve done a “different month” NaNo, kind of doing that right now with the mystery. Thanks for the well wishes!! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  4. Erika Marks says:

    I can’t believe it’s NaNo time already–where does the year go??!! One of these years I WILL throw my hat in that ring! In the meantime I’ll be sending you good writing wishes (and that picture is beautiful, btw!!)

    • I was thinking the same thing… a YEAR?!!? Thanks for the good writing wishes, I need them this year, I think, she says, writing this reply from the coffee shop where she went to write :-/ (p.s. glad you liked the pic!!)

  5. Nina says:

    Heading over there!

  6. Nina says:

    Oh wait, I had read that one! 😉

    Anyway, I have never Na-oed. Maybe one day!

  7. Ah, the winds of NaNo are aflutter. I’ve never done it, but would love to give it a try. Right now with my current work / teaching schedule, I don’t think I could do it. Just thinking of it causes me a stress headache. lol. I will experience it vicariously through you and cheer you on from the sidelines. Go, Julia!

    • Thanks Jackie! I am a bit aflutter myself right now as things have yet to truly gel with the idea… I read a blog today on “how to NaNo without a plan, outline, or anything…” and honestly it freaks this plotter out. I have become more of a “Plontser” (is that the hybird for plotter/pantser?) but that seems like a set up for something other than success 🙂

  8. Yay! for the novel querying! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    I’ve not had much luck with Nano, but just yesterday I dove back into the new WIP and am going to aim for my own mini-marathon: 50k in 6 weeks. Will let you know how it goes!

  9. Diann says:

    How exciting, Julia! Good luck, and if it puts a dint in your photo taking, then I will have to remember it’s for the greater good–yours.

    • Thanks, Diann! Yes, no doubt it will put a dint in the photo taking, unless photography serves as a stress reducer then who knows? As for the greater good, only time will tell I suppose.

  10. Annie, you’re an inspiration!! And Julia, that’s one sweet office!!