I did not expect what happened
it took off in odd directions
one character started to fall in love
another became philosophical

Since fiction is not my forte
I did not expect what happened
novel pages filled with poems
why not? one character is a poet

For hours I’ve written an emerging plot
become friends with characters created
I did not expect what happened
in the November challenge accepted

At half of the 50,000-word goal
of the NaNoWriMo challenge
my story took on a life of its own
I did not expect what happened


I am participating in the National Novel Writing Month challenge this month, affectionately called NaNoWriMo. I participated in DigiWriMo (Digital Writing Month) a few years ago and that is how I began blogging. I’ve also participated in NaPoWriMo (you guessed it – National Poetry Writing Month) but I’m a neophyte with NaNoWriMo.

It has been an interesting experience that I have thoroughly enjoyed. While this participation has cut into some of my blogging time, I hope to have a very rough draft of a novel finished by the end of the month. Then the revision and editing process will begin.

Have any of you participated in NaNoWriMo? Anyone participating this year? Please share stories of your experience to keep us all motivated.


11 thoughts on “Unexpected

  1. Congrats for participating in Nano! I have done it two years but took this year off. Finished my 3rd novel over the summer in my own version of Nano–45K words in less than 2 weeks. Your observations about how your story is taking on a life of its own had me smiling. Most of my stories, and those of other fiction writers, do the same. I remember telling a fellow author I was so mad at one of my characters because he was not behaving. She laughed and said, “Same.” I tell my husband and he says, “It’s your story. Fix it.” Ah, if only he knew how little it is my story and more the life of the characters I helped create. Good luck with Nano and your 50K goal. May your wit stay sharp and your computer virus free.

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    1. Thank you so much for your blessings, Sara. I consider myself mostly a poet and my poems often seem to have a life of their own. I am surprised by the independence of my characters and the plot. I appreciate your encouragement.


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