Who is ready for #nano?

Otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month or November for those of you who aren’t writing a book. I’m jumping in again. I’ve done it 6 or 7 years now, won once or twice. The idea is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

For this year’s book I was going to do book 4 of the Time of Zombies series, but once I got my series bible done for the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series, I decided to work on books 2 and 3 instead while I work on the series bible for Time of Zombies and do book 4 of that series in December and January. Doing that, I should have 3 books ready to go out in February or March at the latest of next year.

So, for this year’s Nanowrimo I will work on Ghostly Deceptions and Ghostly Perceptions to go with Ghostly Intentions which is already available as an ebook. Once I have all 3 done and out, I think I will make them into paperbacks as well.

Are you doing Nanowrimo this year?

Jill James, romance writer (jill-james at http://www.nanowrimo.org  )

Nanowrimo – wrap-up

Well, November is gone, along with Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). I didn’t ‘win’ with 50k for the month, but I did finish with close to 30k. A win in my book. More words at the end of the month than the beginning of the month is a win/win situation.

Now that December is here, I will continue on with the ghost stories. Hoping to start the new year by being close to putting the Ghost Releasers Inc. series out into the world.

Jill James, romance author

Nanowrimo – Day 7

A little tidbit from the current WIP, or otherwise known as Nanowrimo project.

Andrea Martin-Stovall didn’t feel like herself this morning. Hadn’t felt like herself for weeks. An unknown voice rattled around in her head. Something hummed through her veins and crawled over her skin. Her body felt crowded and not her own.

She stared at herself in the bathroom mirror and wondered when she had become a frumpy old hag. Her hair was long and heavy. With a smile, she picked up the scissors and started cutting her hair.

Jill James, back to writing during Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo 2016

National Novel Writing Month – 2016

In case you don’t know it, November is Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). A time when authors and aspiring authors set the crazy goal of writing 50,000 words in the month. I’ve done it 6 or 7 times, won a time or two. My first published book with The Wild Rose Press, Tempting Adam, was a Nano project.

This year I’ll be working on Ghostly Intentions. My Buddy name is Jill James. Hope to see you there.

Jill James, romance writer


National Novel Writing Month 2015

Nano 2015Or Nanowrimo or insanity in the name of large wordage. LOL

In a fit of temporary insanity I’ve signed up for another year of Nanowrimo. Along with 300,000 other writers I’ve signed up for aiming at 50K words in 30 days.

I’ve done it several years and won a couple of years. My first Nano novel, Tempting Adam became a published book in 2011.

What are your plans for November? Are you joining the insanity of Nanowrimo? You can find me there to ‘buddy’ at Jill James.

Jill James, writer of romance

Nano’ing So Far – Day 6

Participant-2014-Web-BannerNanowrimo or National Novel Writing Month is here. Today is Day 6 and I’m already way behind. Had some family stuff come up so I’ll be doing writing sprints soon to play catch up.

Unless I added some words late last night, I’m at 1,400 words so far. Not great, but at least not still zero. 🙂


Jill James, writer of romance, believer of dreams


National Novel Writing Month

Are you ready to Nano?!!!

November 1 – 30 is National Novel Writing Month or Nano as it is called. Every year thousands of writers gather electronically and locally for a month of seeing how much they can write. The aim is to do 50,000 words to ‘win’. Although I and most writers feel any amount of words is a cause for celebration.

My first published novel, Tempting Adam was a Nano project. As was Dangerous Shift and most of Love in the Time of Zombies. See, even if you don’t ‘win’ you do win by having more words than you started out with.

Who’s ready for Nano?   www.nanowrimo.org

I’m there as Jill James and I’ll be working on two novellas to reach the 50,000 words.

Happy Halloween!

Evil Night

by Jill James

© 1997 Jill James

Trolls and specters

haunt this witches night.

Rising moon the color of blood

beware the awesome sight.

Gruesome and evil,

too terrible to tell.

The Devil is coming!

Have you a soul to sell?

Unborn child

of a mother unwed.

Of this the carrion

will tonight be well-fed.

Angels of mercy

have no place here.

For their pristine souls

they had best beware.

For this eve is the night

that evil rules the land.

All will tremble in fear

of Satan’s wrathful hand.

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween and remember

tomorrow is the start of National Novel Writing Month

Nanowrimo- 50,000 words/30 days.




Otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month – November 1st-30th

My first published novel, Tempting Adam, with The Wild Rose Press, was a Nano project. I participated 2005, 2006 (won), and 2007 and I’m back this year to write my paranormal zombie romance, Love in the Time of Zombies.

So, the goal is to write 1, 667 words each day of November for a grand total of 50,000 words.

They have forums for support, write-ins in your area, and lots of encouragement to just keep writing.


Sign up and join the fun.


Writing as a Habit

It has been said that it takes 30 days of doing something every day to build a habit. If that is true why do writers have such trouble writing every day? We whine, we bitch, we moan. “I don’t want to write today. My muse is on vacation. My toilet needs scrubbing. I need to alphabetize my soups.” As writers I’ve noticed we are pretty creative in coming up with excuses and diversions to take us away from our writing.

If you are a writer, maybe having trouble with the daily habit, push yourself. 100 words a day, that’s all we ask.. 50,000 words in a month. Write something every day.

Nanowrimo Day 9

My nano seems to have puttered to a stop. But, my editing is going like a rocket ship. So perhaps there is a reason for everything. The whole door/window analogy.

I’ve edited all 183 pages of my contemporary so it is ready to be submitted to an e-publisher.  I’m going to start editing my Golden Heart entry today so I can have a critique partner look it over and send it in before Thanksgiving.

I still have plans for Nano. If I don’t hit 50,000 words I’m not going to beat myself up, because I’ve done more writing-related stuff this month than I’ve done in months.

Just keep in mind the whole door/window thing.

Jill James