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Winner - NaNoWriMo 2023!

I won during National Novel Writing Month again! What is the prize? I won the right to say I wrote over 50,000 words of a new novel during the thirty days of November! Amazingly, I once again hit the 50K-word goal early, this time on the 26th, and ended with nearly 59K words. 🎉

In this year's contest against time, I worked on the second book in my Young Adult/New Adult sci-fi series. A series, you ask? Indeed. 🤓 While editing last year's NaNoWriMo project, The Science of Stars, over the past eleven months, I realized its length was telling me something. It was telling me the story was actually a trilogy! So, instead of a single long novel in three acts, I am now writing and planning three separate novels. 😱 No pressure! As a "serial" novel reader, I'm thrilled! But as the author of said new trilogy, I'm nervous.

Book one is now entitled: The Science of Stars: ALPHA Complex,

Book two is called: The Science of Stars: BRAVO Complex,

and, you guessed it, book three will be: The Science of Stars: CHARLIE Complex.

The entire series is tentatively named: The Martian Complex Trilogy, but we shall see. What do you think? Too wordy? It might be too wordy . . .

Thankfully, there are no deadlines for the project(s) and I'm able to take the time I need to plan, edit, and finish these novels as I see fit. I love my main character's journey toward motherhood in book one, and now I need to solidify her character arc for book two—which is not yet finished, by the way. There's still a lot of work to do, but I'm committed to ironing out the kicks! I'm grateful to my family, friends, neighbors, and critique partners for their patience while listening to me babble on and for their valuable input regarding this story.

You may wonder—will I participate in NaNoWriMo again next November? You bet! I have book number three of this story to write, after all!


CS Simpson's NaNoWriMo 2023 progress and earned badges
My NaNoWriMo 2023 progress and earned badges

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Hanna Anderson
Hanna Anderson
Dec 03, 2023

You are just amazing! You rise to a CHALLENGE, and slay it! Inspiring!

CS Simpson
CS Simpson
Dec 06, 2023
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Thank you, Hanna! I appreciate your super-kind words! ☺️

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