I know last year was a major failure on my part for NaNoWriMo, but so has every year since I first won in 2010, which was also the year I started participating. I’ll give you a little background on all the novels that I’ve previously tried to write (and the one I did complete).

This was the first year that I ever tried to start/finish NaNo, it was my sophomore year in college and I have moved into my off campus apartment during the summer and was determined not to let it put a damper on my productivity. (You know, being off campus makes it easier to look at crappy weather outside and decide to stay in and skip class, but I was a diligent student, I swear!) 
Anyways, my first NaNo was about a girl who takes a gap year to travel around the world, where in three different cities, she meets three different people who change her and her views on the world. It made it easy to plan since I split the novel into three parts, with clear word-count goals for each section. It’s probably the most lame story I’ve written (granted I’m older now, so it just reads as younger to me now) but it was still fun to write. I’ll never show it to anyone, ever.
I’m actually still working on the novel, I can’t seem to totally abandon it. I really like how it started and I got a bit attached to the characters. I still haven’t finished it at all, and it’s gone through a lot of changes (and hard drive crashes) but I still have some old hard copies printed out, just in case, and a USB drive or two sitting around. You can never be too careful! 
The story is about a girl who winds up in a mysterious class where the professor is a P.I. trying to find her brother’s killer. It’s a drama with a revenge story and I adore the characters that I built for the story and I just can’t leave it unfinished forever! I swear I’ll finish it, but I’ll still probably not let anyone read it. Sigh. 
This is another story that I want to eventually finish. The story is about a girl who is interested in a picture that has been always hanging on the wall in the store she works at. The photograph always seems to be looking at her and during a major clean-up/store set, she takes it home and realizes that there is a soul trapped in it. I got about half way through it, but I failed at the half way mark (25,000 words) which is a little depressing. 
I haven’t touched it much recently, but I re-read what I have sometimes and entertain thoughts of completing the story someday. 
I barely wrote anything for this one, in fact I don’t even really remember what my premise was either. It was something about a secret society in libraries or something, and the lead’s best friend was going to betray her or something and there was going to be a huge showdown on a bridge or something. I don’t know, I don’t remember. I clearly didn’t have my heart in it that year at all. 
The idea for this story, which I talked about briefly on the blog, was really great, but in practice I just struggled to get it right. The idea was two friends on opposite sides of the globe, who basically had flipped sleep schedules, would dream about the other’s day while they were sleeping. In time the one girl would start to get deluded by these dreams and think that she was actually living that life. Although while the one girl realizes what is going on, the other is completely oblivious to it the whole time. 
It would have been awesome if I would have finished it. I haven’t touched it since November of 2014 though. 
This year, with friends to do write-ins with, and to help keep me motivated and on task (although we are all slacking at the moments) I will hopefully add another successful year to my roster on NaNoWriMo! The novel this time is about a girl who is a casual kitchen witch who accidentally ends up with a powerful grimoire, which causes her to end up on the run from a powerful coven. I’m excited about it and I’ve been slowly working on building up my playlist and imagining the characters. 
On Wednesday we have a write in planned a local coffee shop (that has amazing earl grey tea lattes!) so I’m pumped! I will get back on schedule! (hopefully!)
Does anyone else do NaNoWriMo? I’d love to chat about it!

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!