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NaNoWriMo Progress

on November 11, 2019

I got a late start on NaNoWriMo this month. I was finishing up edits on a draft of a middle grade novel and doing some querying on that project. But, I am now working on my NaNoWriMo project.

I wrote the story as a memoir about the first year in a half my Cocker Spaniel and I trained to be a Reading Dog Therapy Team. We didn’t pass the test and the story is about what I learned in the process.

I set the draft aside and Stormy and I kept having adventures–including a twelve-week surgery on his knee last fall which grounded us in Cannon Beach where I own a single story cottage. That odyssey introduced me to the world of substitute teaching on the coast as well as a lot of time to research and read for my middle grade novel.

This summer I started a Twitter account for Stormy. Stormy Cocker Spaniel @Stormyspaniel

And Stormy developed a voice of his own!

So in the second draft of my in-progress story, The World is a Sniff, I decided to try to write it from the POV of Stormy.

Stormy at Cannon Beach

At this point, it’s an exploratory draft and I’m not sure if the book will be a book for children or a book for adults in the inspirational life books–in the genre of Chicken Soup for the Soul books. But that’s the fun part of NaNoWriMo. For a month, I get to write every day and explore how this story might be told.

Here is my NaNoWriMo Project in action! I am working from a large outline of ideas told sequentially and the first draft where I wrote it as a memoir. The goal this month is to write daily on this project and get some good “clay” material to move forward.


2 responses to “NaNoWriMo Progress

  1. rhaychristou says:

    I bet Fredo would love Stomy’s story

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