Mystic Writer

When a story beckons, do you answer the call?


For those of you keeping score, you may recall that I dove into the chilly waters of National Novel Writing Month in November. 

(Flickr: Randy Pertiet)

(Flickr: Randy Pertiet)

The challenge is always one that I have avoided, too afraid that I would fall short of the goal of an 80,000-word novel.

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Failure is a strange bird.

It is one of those things where you can choose to see the cup half-empty or full – depending on your perspective.

I can tell you that this year I did not come away with an 80,000-word novel.

But, I am 15,164 words into a story that, a little more than a month ago, existed purely in my imagination.

To me, that is a success.

I can’t say exactly when I fell off the writing wagon. It was likely a week or so in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, when countless chores and preparations demanded my attention.

But, a wonderful thing is happening now.

It turns out, those 15,000 words were just enough to seep into my consciousness and inhabit my writing soul.

And, just in case I don’t heed my heart, the universe — like a lighthouse on a distant shoreline — has been sending me helpful little nudges. Everywhere I turn it seems there is some vague or uncanny reminder of my novel’s characters, setting or theme.

Every day, I feel the urge to return to this new world I have created and continue the journey.

Did you accept the novel-writing challenge in November?

How far along are you in your story? What will it take to get you back to work?

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at Learn more about her at


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