I’m not a fan of first drafts. I only have a little snippet of time each night after my daughter goes to bed to write so it’s a long slog from when I open that shiny new Word document until I type “The End.”

But you know what?

I’m really enjoying this new project.

(Shhh! Don’t tell anyone!)

I’ve written 30,000 words in the last month and half. I know that’s small potatoes to you NaNoers, but it’s a record for me.

My last project was like stabbing knitting needles (very dull ones) in my eyes every time I sat down to write–I decided to take Stephen King’s advice and not outline the story.

Stephen King was wrong!

I NEED an outline. And I have one for my current project. Plus, I’m researching as I go. Just as I finish a piece, I have more non-fiction about this amazing woman to read. Then I get inspired to go write more. It’s a good system.

I’m not sure if I’ll keep this pace up–my first book took one year and nine months to write. (Yes, you read that right.) If I keep this up, Book #3 will be done in four months.

I want a parade if that happens. Seriously. And an extra large bag of chocolate pretzels.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!