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  • Writer's pictureJ.C. Hannigan


I have been looking forward to NaNoWriMo this year! To get myself ready, I've been watching a lot of NaNoWriMo prep videos. It's something that I promised myself all year; a way that I could reconnect with my craft. Even though I've been flooded with an amazing amount of new ideas that I have since plotted and outlined...I've found actually sitting down to write extremely challenging.

Normally, I have no trouble at all finding the time to sit down and write.'s been a weird year for us all. This pandemic really came out of nowhere for the majority of the world. I mean, sure...they joked it was bound to happen again sooner or later, they made movies and wrote books about another mass pandemic striking the world, but I don't think any of us actually expected it to happen during our lifetime.

But it did, and we are living through another global pandemic. Everything about how we live, how we work, how we's all changed in a matter of months.

Since March, I've had the boys home with me. We decided to do virtual learning, because we didn't know what to expect. I'm home, anyway, so it makes sense. But finding my footing again in this new landscape has been challenging, and oftentimes...everyone else and everywhere else gets my attention and my energy.

I promised myself that I'd have November to get out at least a good portion of one of the stories sitting in my WIP queue. NaNoWriMo is a great motivator, or at least it has been for me in the past.

Now the biggest problem I'm facing? Deciding on a project! I have a lot of new stories outlined and waiting for my undivided attention, and they're all calling to me for different reasons. Just when I thought I'd narrowed it down to three concepts; a new one hit me and now I just might run with that one!

In the meantime, I've been watching a lot of NaNoWriMo prep videos, and getting myself into more of a routine with my writing. I'm finishing up a sweet novella that I started last year called French River Reverence, and plan on releasing that exclusively to my newsletter subscribers once it's completed. Make sure you're subscribed!

A little about French River Reverence:

What would you do if your little sister sent you a photo of herself in bed with YOUR boyfriend over Snapchat, just before you returned home from the summer? Aside from dumping said boyfriend in question...Lux doesn't really know how to handle the situation with her sister. Especially because her sister is now dating the ex in question...and rubbing it in Lux's face every chance she gets.

Although Lux isn't a fan of the great outdoors, bugs or bears; she decides all of the above is preferable to dealing with her sister, and joins her best friend on a camping trip along the French River for four days.

Not only does Lux fall in love with camping, just like her best friend said she would...she might just be falling for someone else, too...

If you'd like to, check out my Pinterest board of French River Reverence. There's also a Spotify playlist!

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