Lost Momentum

I was going great guns with NaNoWriMo the first week and then the wheels fell off. I took my Scouts out to camp Saturday and Sunday so no writing got done: Saturday because I was no where near electricity and Sunday because I was tired from Sunday. At least, that’s my story.

I did manage to write again Monday and Tuesday (and again today) but the pace of my writing was only about half what it had been. Still, I’m sitting just shy of 30,000 words as I write this, so I’m still doing okay. I just have to pull my socks back up so I can take a good run at the 70,000 word personal goal.

I’m not panicking at all. I have Mik Murdoch 3 about one third complete and I have a couple of the short stories I wanted to write almost finished so things are good.

I do find it interesting how much momentum I have lost since last Friday. Initially I thought it might be because I had taken a (brief) break, but now I’m not so sure. I’m leaning more towards the weather being the big culprit. That’s because on Saturday it started to snow and never really let up. We now have several inches of the white stuff on the ground and it is cold. Very cold.

It kind of takes the wind out of my sails.

But, that’s behind me now. Despite being curled up in a blanket, I am writing again. I’m hoping to get back on track tonight with 4,000 words and keep that pace up until the end of November. That will put me comfortably over my own goal and substantially past the 50,000 NaNoWriMo goal.

How are you doing with your writing this month? Are you getting the results you hoped for? I’d love to hear about your own journey.



I hear stories from my fellow authors all the time about how someone has reached out to them to say how much something they wrote has changed their life. I’ve always envied those people hoping to have something similar happen to me.

Yesterday it did.

I received a note about a story I wrote for the shear fun of it. One I hoped people would enjoy but also one I didn’t think would make any kind of an impact other than entertainment.

Then, I got a note on Wattpad from one of my readers. He thanked me for the great story. I thanked him for his comment and then it happened. He replied back telling me how he was fighting cancer (again) and the laughter he got from my story has made the battle easier.

It was amazing to hear that. It was humbling to hear it. It made me look at my writing differently.

NaNoWriMo Update

Things have been going very well so far. I managed just over 7,000 words for the first two days of NaNo. Monday I added another 4,000 words and last night I wrote 4622 words. That puts my four day total at 15,739 words.


Get Published Episode 140 – VG Ford’s Ghostly Project

I have a lot of very talented friends. That’s a good thing because, whenever I start to lose my own motivation, I just have to look around to see what amazing work is going on around me. That always helps to kick me back into gear.

One of those friends is Val Griswold-Ford. I stumbled across her work when I was still trying to get my own stuff written. Later, I had the privilege to meet and talk with her. I don’t exaggerate when I say, some of my favorite stories are Val’s.

So, when I heard she had a project of epic proportions coming I knew I had to talk to her again. So, for today’s show, Val and I talk about her upcoming project, some of which has just been released.  I know our chat inspired me again as she always does. I hope it gets you excited about writing too.

And, as always, I would like to invite you to leave me any comments, questions, tips or any other feedback you might have. In that vein, I want to mention a tip I received last week from CJ Alvarado. CJ emailed me about a website called Booklaunch. Booklaunch is a book marketing service that helps authors create webpages for their books. I’ve only just started digging into it, but it looks very interesting. I will include the link in the show notes if you want to check it out for yourself.

Thank you CJ for the information.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to podcast@michellplested.com. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 140 – VG Ford’s Ghostly Project

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 140 – VG Ford’s Ghostly Project (continued)

Welcome to the show.

01:18 - Promo - DanDanTheArtMan’s Book Reviews

01:44 Get Published Episode 140 – VG Ford’s Ghostly Project (continued)

Mike and Val discuss:

  • Criminal minds, Atlantic Paranormal Society, ghost hunting, homicide detectives, ghost stories, Pendragon, service  dogs, novella, Into thin air, Self publishing, writing process, Kindle select, write what you like, story markets, Tesla ranger, P.G. Holyfield

27:59 - Promo - Dunesteef Podcast

28:35 — Closing

Thank you for listening.


Websites mentioned in this episode:

VG Ford - http://vg-ford.com

DanDanTheArtMan Book Reviews - http://www.dandantheartman.com

Dunesteef Podcast - http://dunesteef.com/

Booklaunch - www.booklaunch.io


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