Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

I was asked the other day if I intended to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated). The intent of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel in a month (the month of November, in fact) or at least to write as many words as possible. I have never actually completed a NaNoWriMo challenge, but I’m seriously considering it this year. Last year, I started Grief, Inc. in November. Not in response to the challenge but because I had finally reached a point of acceptance that Broken Warriors just wasn’t getting the reception I had hoped and it was time to move on. At that time, I was 4 months pregnant with the twins and working a full time job. I decided that I wanted to be a writer…no matter WHAT…and that writers write. I made a commitment that I would write every morning. I set what for me was a very modest page goal of five pages a day (I am a pretty fast writer and usually my page goal is at least 20). So from November to February I got up, waddled on the treadmill, and did my pages. The boys grew very quickly and by February it was already very difficult to sit. I often completed my pages sitting awkwardly sideways on the recliner (where I also slept in the 20 minute increments the boys allowed me) but I finished! This was truly one of those stories that told itself! I absolutely loved Holly’s journey, and what it symbolized for me. In many ways now, I realize that I was also saying goodbye to my old life as I was writing Holly’s goodbye to hers. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was about to enter into a wonderful new season, where the realization of dreams I didn’t even know I had was about to transpire. Because change is scary, I think I was shielded from this knowledge. Now, as I plunge into living my dream life, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I am ready to write another novel This one will be a sequel to Broken Warriors, but a standalone too. I think I’m going to end up rewriting BW but I need to tell Max’s story. I will keep you updated on how it goes. For anyone considering writing a book, take the NaNoWriMo challenge. It’s a great way to get your story out without worrying about getting it perfect and it’s a lot of fun!  My only issue is I have a really, really hard exam scheduled for December that if I don’t study for I’ll waste a lot of money…oh, what to do? So I may be doing NaNoWriMo in January…does that still count?

Photo by Tom Davies courtesy of

Photo by Tom Davies courtesy of

The empty screen! photo by Kristi, courtesy of

The empty screen! photo by Kristi, courtesy of

3 thoughts on “Will you NANO? (WRIMO)

  1. Lisa DG says:

    You can do this! Maybe the November bit is artificial and you’ll make January your month instead.

  2. Mindy says:

    It never hurts to start, even if you don’t finish you win because you’re ahead, right?

    1. Absolutely! By the way, congratulations!! Your debut novel Return to Sender came out on my birthday!! I’ve started reading it and am already hooked! Great job!!

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