Nicole Sharp

Writer, Wanderer and Coffee Lover living "la dolce vita"

Tag: NaNoWriMo

Done and done…


Attempt number six is finished my friends. I wrote 51,557 words in a month for National Novel Writing Month. (The challenge being to write 50,000 words in a month which is roughly 1,667 words a day. But when you skip an entire week that number of words a day goes up dramatically. I digress.)

It was a different year this time around. I’m not going to lie, the election effected me so vehemently I played with the idea of giving up writing. I couldn’t bring myself to write anything for about a week. Okay, that’s not entirely true either. I wrote long meanderings about how I was feeling and how I was going to fight. I wrote letters to most of my representatives. And I did write three few short stories. But the writing of this book, this thing that was supposed to be a story for two characters from a previous book…their joy was stolen a bit.

However, that confusion and anger and fear ended up working for good in the story line. Once I committed to finishing this goal I set before myself, it was nice to find solace in a different world for a few moments each day.

So again, I’ve proven to myself what I’m about. Reconnected with my voice and the writer within. And wrote a damn book in a month.




There is a writing exercise out there where you write a story only using lines from internet searches.


Do Ghosts exist?

History of property at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

National newspaper archives

How to find out if you have a ghost in your house.

Best Mexican Restaurant near me.

Paranormal researchers in my area.


I bring this up because I ran across this quote today. You might have seen it before, but it’s new to me:

Pay no attention to my browsing history. I’m a writer not a serial killer.Browsing History mug

I thought about that today as I searched for a variety of different things as I write.  Most of the time when I’m writing books, I end up traversing a wide range of information across the web. This has always made me so grateful for the technology that’s available at my fingertips and at the same time, it’s instilled an even greater respect for Historical writers who did monumental amounts of work with the help of research librarians.

Of course, as the thoughts tripped and twirled about,  I wondered what story my internet browsing history tells. If nothing else, when I put it together, it was entertaining.

What is the Italian equivalent of the CIA?

What is the proper way to put someone in a choke hold until they pass out?

Egyptian cotton sheets vs bamboo sheets.

MacArthur Genius grants.

What diseases can you get while traveling in the jungle?

What is another word for “unwilling to commit”.

Do Doctors Without Borders have diplomatic immunity?

Best place to get stabbed and live.

List of quotes from the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.


P.S. – It’s day 8 of National Novel Writing Month. I’m at 14,238 words.




The most fun…

Woman at a Typewriter

Library of Congress LC-USZ62-70770

I can’t sleep. There is a hum of excitement that is building. It’s in the air, in my dreams, itching at my skin. Tickling my fingers. I do believe I’m as giddy as a school girl. As jumpy as a first time roller coaster rider. As excited as a child as the sun sets on Halloween.

Why so excited?

Because at midnight on Halloween, you will find me, fingers splayed across my keyboard as the quest to write a book in a month begins.

I’m getting excited for National Novel Writing Month, Nanowrimo.

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Winner winner chicken dinner

20151130_232333-1I know I’ve been a bit lax in my writing for the ol’ blog this month, but I did have this great excuse. 50,000 words.

It’s done!

Fifth year in a row, baby!


Black and white…

For anyone who cares, and because I need to keep myself accountable I’m a sneeze away from 15,000 words in this month’s challenge to write a book for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) aka 50,000 words.

My characters are in the heart of Egypt and I have been doing ‘just enough research’ to make it sound believable.
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In a month…

It’s coming.

The hours counting down rapidly.

The minutes feel like seconds.

I’m not ready.

But I must be ready.

Sunday is November 1st.

Time change!!!!

No, that’s not actually what I’m talking about.

crest-05e1a637392425b4d5225780797e5a76November 1st is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo for the initiated.
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