New Laptop & NaNoWriMo

Writing life is so much easier when you have a computer to write on.

When I was unemployed, finding the time to write was super easy. My husband wasn’t home all day, so I used his computer and didn’t have to worry about sharing it or getting off quickly so he could use it. Once I took my new job, I found it much more difficult to write. Paul’s computer is in his room, with all of his video games and collection of Alien figures. It’s his space. So, trying to write while he was in the same room was nearly impossible. I can’t listen to music with lyrics while I write, let alone listen to someone play a video game.

I’ve been itching to buy a new laptop for a couple of months, but they are an investment and they certainly aren’t cheap. I’ve read in a million different articles that if you don’t invest in your craft, you won’t be able to take it very far. I won’t publish a novel without hiring an editor and I’m definitely not going to be able to finish my novel without sitting down and writing it.

Good news! I bought a laptop today. It’s awesome. It is a 2-in-1, so it flips around into a tablet. Not necessarily a feature I needed, but since most of the laptops that didn’t have the feature cost the same amount, I figured it was worth having a bit of fun with my laptop.

The best part is, I bought this laptop just in time for NaNoWriMo! I’ve written about NaNo in past blogs, but just in case you aren’t sure what it is:

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. You attempt to write 50,000 words in the month of November.

I won it last year, and was able to kick-start my novel. The “rules” state you should write 50,000 words for a new novel, but there is a whole section of people who call themselves NaNoRebels – these people decide not to follow the “rules”…some write film/TV/play scripts, some finish their manuscripts and some edit their already completed first draft. I will be joining the rebels this year and finishing my novel/editing what I have. As long as you write 50,000 new words, the rest of the “rules” aren’t really mandatory.

Anyway, I’m super excited to be back and I can’t wait to post on November 30th saying that I finally finished my novel! Good thoughts and prayers are welcome as I embark on this journey. I will be writing a weekly NaNo update as well as making sure I post much more frequently on here…so I hope you look forward to that.

Until next time –

Jessica

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