Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Write An eBook In A Weekend

The calendar said it was June, but it felt like November during National Novel Writing Month. A 50,000 word novel in 30 days is intense. I’ve done it for about five years and I’m still editing those books. Hada’s Fog which I am blogging here came from NaNoWriMo (see menu above).

Donna KozikDonna Kozik’s Write an eBook in a Weekend involved the same kind of  time pressure. I felt greater tension since the eBook is non-fiction. The 50,000 words of fiction for  NaNoWriMo was reachable for me.  I succeeded each year.

However, during Kozik’s challenge, I wrote a mere 711 words on Saturday. On Sunday, I achieved a total of 989 for the two days. I’m still working on it. I didn’t have writer’s block. The research I needed to do for the non-fiction topic slowed me down.

Kozik guides participants, encourages us to keep going, and she’s available via several group calls that are scheduled during and after the big weekend. Tomorrow I have a one-on-one coaching call with her which is part of the program. I have wanted to write an eBook for a couple of years. Although the writing takes more time than fiction, I’m inspired to finish it.

I highly recommend writing an eBook in a weekend with Kozik. Click here for more information.

Thanks to my blog followers who asked if I was okay since I wasn’t posting every day. I’m flattered that my posts were missed. I completed a year of daily postings which was my goal in 2015. This year I won’t have the same blog goal. I will be posting a few times a week so I can focus on my writing projects. Thanks for reading.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo with bookI have participated in NaNoWriMo for the past several years. I succeeded in creating first drafts of four novels. After months of revisions, two of them are in a drawer waiting for an unknown audience, one is being posted on this site (see Hada’s Fog in the menu above,) and one I’m working with the second draft.

Having time to write 50,000 words in a month might seem daunting, but if the word count is broken down, it’s about 1600 words a day. Manageable, right? Remember you are not stopping to revise. It’s like free writing only you are following your plot or maybe your characters are dictating to you. Send your inner critic to the Bahamas, it can return on December 1st. Here are some stats from http://www.pressdemocrat.com/


– The first official year of NaNoWriMo was in 2000, when the event had an actual website.
– By 2001, 5000 people signed up.
– In 2014, 175,002 people signed up, and 40,325 crossed the finish line with 50K.

So why was 50,000 words the magic number? This seemed like a difficult, yet not impossible amount of words, and the length makes it a short novel, about 175 pages.

Other novels that are 50K:
– “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
– “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck
– “Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury
– “The Notebook,” by Nicholas Sparks

Several bestselling novels that were first written during NaNoWriMo:
– “Water for Elephants,” by Sara Gruen
– “The Night Circus,” by Erin Morgenstern
– “Wool,” by Hugh Howey
– “Cinder,” by Marissa Meyer

NaNoWriMo shield and spelled outNano over a typewriter Try it, you might like it.



National Novel Writing Month

NANOWRIMONational Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, has started on November 1st. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in one month. Writers turn off the inner editor and put other projects on hold to be able to meet the word count by the ending date of 11:59 PM on November 30th. The novel is a rough draft and then months, and often years afterwards, the editing goes on and on.

I’ve participated since 2005. The last couple of years I didn’t make it to 50,000 words but previous years, I did.  Some of the rough draft novels I completed in NaNoWriMo, are Eva in the Haight, Hada’s Fog, Lilli, and Norman in the Painting.

The link is below, give it a whirl, and if you have joined this year, good luck.



Five and a half hours left until midnight.

I have only 30,000 more words to add to our anthology, Class of Muses.  Your stories are in my files and I’m still searching for more to include.

National Novel Writing Month

My NaNoWriMo project this year is not a novel. It’s an anthology called A Class of Muses, and my ID on nanowrimo.org is JMK. I’ve written first drafts of four novels during past Novembers. My third novel, Hada’s Fog, is in its sixth and final draft.

Monday and Tuesday writing class members have submitted stories, poems, essays, blogs, and a group tag story to A Class of Muses. Writing tips will be included and some art work too.

The book probably won’t be 50,000 words, but I will use the time it takes me to write around 2000 words a day to organize the many files into a first draft. I’d like to publish it before the San Francisco Writers Conference in February.