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NaNoWriMo update

I finished typing about one stroke away from midnight last night. Towards the end I didn’t take any breaks or fix typos. Even as I was getting validated, there was a notice that the contest was closing. Now I’ll work on all the projects I left lying by the wayside.


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Writing news update

NaNoWriMo is upcoming (November 1), and I’ve already registered and am thinking about my plot. (I finally have one.) And I think I’ll start with a prologue–again.

An editor asked for the full ms of one of my novels after I sent a query. That makes me feel hopeful…

I have three of my books at Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne, FL. That’s November 19 & 20, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM:

And I received nice feedback on a recent contest entry. ‘Course the deadline isn’t until December 1.


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Joy V. Smith interview

I have an interview in my alumni bulletin, UW Oshkosh Today, and it describes my writing history from childhood through college, NaNoWriMo, and more:

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2014 (link)

Write a novel in a month (April).  Write, connect, and enjoy writing your novel:

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NaNoWriMo winner!

I finished my 50,000 words–and a little bit over–last night. Late last night. There were a few times when I had to take a break and puzzle out what was coming next. Sometimes I was only a few scenes ahead, and as I approached the end I didn’t have a clue as to what my ending would be! It is open-ended actually, but I’ve ended a few stories that way; sometimes the story wants a sequel, but it’s a satisfying ending and not a cliffhanger.



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Joy V. Smith in the spotlight

Here’s a link to Author Spotlight: Joy V. Smith:

I got the chance to talk about my writing and stories.  Thanks, Morgen!  I’ll be posting links to my Pinterest boards later.  I only joined Pinterest a couple days ago; I spent a lot of time shrieking and begging for help, but I’ve got a few book covers and other things “pinned.”


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I’m validated! I’ve won!! (NaNoWriMo)

I was 7000 words into my sequel, so I had to make it to 57,000 (I’m a rebel), but I ended up with 58,500 because I had to write the ending. In other years I had enough time to edit as I went along, but this time I found myself taking breaks to come up with the next scenes and chapters–and writing in cliches and dialogue that made me cringe. Look Ma–drivel! I’ll wait a while before I start editing, which is what you’re supposed to do. Distance yourself so you ‘ll see it from a fresh perspective.

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Another NaNoWriMo update

I started late and recently skipped two days so I’ve got to write faster–and work on my plot. There’s a big project upcoming–why did it have to be this month?!–but the important thing is to flesh out my plot. Typing is the easy part.

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NaNoWriMo update

Tonight I read what I’ve written so far, edited it–catching typos and making changes–and then printed that out so I have hard copy, along with saving it on my external hard drive, flash drives, etc., and then I wrote 2000 words. I’ll have to keep that up or do better to make my 50,000 word count since I’m running a little late.

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