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Returning to NaNoWriMo in 2022

A floral banner that reads, "Wood sorrel for joy. Writer, NaNoWriMo 2022.
Via Nanowrimo.

The last couple of years has been...busy. I've written short stories and poetry, I've moved across the country, and unsurprisingly, I still haven't finished editing my previous NaNoWriMo project. I didn't participate in NaNo last year because of all of this, and honestly, I've missed it quite a lot.

When I took part in NaNoWriMo in 2020, I found that I particularly enjoyed it as a chance to be a part of a larger community and to have a challenging goal for something I'm passionate about. It was exhilarating to log my progress every day; it was the most productive I'd ever been on a personal project and I had the statistics to back it up.

I loved logging onto Twitter and finding others posting their word counts, celebrating story beats, and generally cheering each other on, and I loved getting the occasional note from NaNoWriMo with tips, advice, and motivation to help me meet my goal. Even if Oasis 8 never reached 50,000 words, I did finish that November with a full first draft and a renewed love for writing.

The time seems right to try again - I have an interesting idea, I'm more involved in writing organizations than I've ever been, and I even have a local writing group that I can look to for support. Between building a career in freelance writing or businesses and spending the last several months compiling an anthology of existing work, I think this will be a good change of pace for me.

So, if you are interested in my project for the year, here's my synopsis:

The Raven King is a dread figure in the land of Ravenek, its domineering tyrant who, no matter how many times he is slain, is destined to rise again. Every so often, a new hero is chosen to bring the current king's reign to an end. This time, the hero will learn a dark secret that threatens to destroy his worldview...and his world.

To follow my progress, you can join me on my NaNoWriMo page. Look forward to story snippets, writing struggles, and a new level of determination.

See you on November 1st.

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