Thursday, December 6, 2012

NaNoWriMo -- One Week Later

It’s been a week since I completed the 30-day writing marathon – also known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.
Since I closed the file on Nov. 30 -- at 50, 171 words -- I haven’t looked at it. I probably won’t for a few more weeks. I experienced the hodge-podge of words I produced during those weeks of “literay abandon” and I simply don't want to revisit them now.
In the meantime, I have spent time doing research on bullying. I have 45 graduate hours in special education (four shy from receiving my master’s degree) so I have some knowledge of the subject.
I’ve also been working on another collection of short stories. I think it’s important for writers to write.
Another thing is I've been reading because I believe it’s important for writers to read as well.
Until the next time…


  1. Mike...great subject there in bullying. I have often wondered if any studies have been done comparing what we knew as bullying growing up as to what happens today. I personally think that a child coming up today certainly has a much more difficult time. Just my opinion. Back when I was bullied in a small town...I grew stronger and learned to handle that doesn't seem to work. I wonder what has changed.


  2. Jeff...I think a big change has been the increase in single-parent homes and/or both parents having to work. Many children don't receive the attention they need at home. There are so many latchkey children nowadays, and many of them come and go as they please. Also, there seems to be more idle time for kids to get in trouble, sometimes going solo and other times in gangs.

  3. Congratulations on the completion for NaNoWriMo! Do you plan on writing a book about bullying? It would be a great topic and of much interest to many.

  4. Yes, Socorro, the NaNoWriMo exercise was a manuscript about bullying. I still have much work to do to turn it into a young adult novel.