Under the Covers of #NaNoWriMo: Melanie Jayne

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~ Melanie Jayne ~

Hi UTC fans, (I’m waiving at my laptop), I want to thank you for allowing me to visit, again. I chatted with you in July, 2013 about being an aspiring Erotic Romance Writer. Today, I am going to talk about my participation in NaNoWrimo 2014.  I’m told that this is a no judgment zone – a safe place, where I can tell you my secrets.

I signed on for this event because my two close writer pals were doing it.  I heard, “Oh it’s only 1,668 words a day, easy peasy.” Well I have my concerns, I know my shortcomings and this event plays to those. I am competitive, I lied about my points of WeightWatchers.com last year. (Hanging my head in shame),I would make promises to myself after eating a quart of ice cream about how I would be really good the rest of the week and then I would break them. When I saw that I’m to in my word count on the NaNo website, (YIKES), that might make it too easy for me to cheat. Secondly, I’m worried about people bragging about their output, sometimes that makes me want to compete and win even though there is no contest. I know it is the immature but I have faults.

So after a little soul searching, I decided that I am going to write when I can. (Maybe choose to write instead of watching The Real Housewives.) If I don’t make it to 50,000 words, no big deal, I can live with that. I am working hard to stick to that plan.  I’m not checking my friend’s output and comparing numbers. Well, I might have checked a few times but I didn’t pad my totals, I swear. The words are coming easily so I’m pleased with my progress.

I love the story that I’m writing, it popped into my head one morning when I was driving home. I heard the Bruno Mars’ song, “When I Was Your Man”, and the whole thing hit me. I drove around my block (I live in the country so it was four miles) over and over until I had run through the entire plot with character names. I was so excited that I immediately typed the outline, but because I was in the middle of rewrite hell on another book, I put it to the side.  I thought that NaNo was a great time to start writing the first draft of “You Always”.

Another goal is that I am trying to make the most of my writing time. I have a full-time job, a Mr., two monster dogs and a house that is always dusty and usually in need of a repairman. I am not a fast writer, nor can I write anywhere, anytime. I need at least an hour to ease into The Writing Zone. I have a ritual, that goes something like this: laundry started, dogs out, dogs in, consider drink choice, light some candles, which playlist will help most, I hate all of my playlists- maybe I should shop for new music, where is the elastic so I can put my hair up, cause it’s bugging me, which sofa to sit on, and poof, one hour is gone and I haven’t typed one word on the manuscript. This month I am trying to learn to get into “The Writing Zone” without so much of the prep work.

On December 1st, I hope that I can say that I made great progress on my WIP, and am settling in more quickly and that I didn’t cheat on my total word count. I hope my NaNoWrimo Buddies have much success. I hope that they don’t tear their hair out in frustration or feel badly about their output. I believe that every word is a victory and brings us closer to our goal!


About Melanie Jayne

I live on a grain farm in Central Indiana with my husband of 25 years and currently one Mastiff named Ginger. I started writing about 4 years ago, when my friend suggested that I try it. My first book is out 3-5-15. I get bored easily and change careers every 10 years or so. I've worked in retail management, in a courtroom for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, closed real estate loans and I am currently working behind the scenes on the overnight shift with the Security Department in a Casino. When I am not sleeping, working or writing, I love to read, watch sports and eat.



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Your ritual had me lololing

Melanie Jayne

Every bit of it is true– it so annoying, even the dogs roll their eyes at me!


I can picture you going through your entire ritual:-)
You’re taking steps to make your dream of writing come true, so no matter how many or how few words you are able to write for NaNoWriMo, you’re moving forward. Good for you, Melanie Jayne!

Melanie Jayne

Thanks Larri- Your words mean so much!

Sue G.

LOL about cheating at Weight Watchers. Totally get that! Good luck with your goals.

Melanie Jayne

More Truth- years ago when I attended meeting, I starved the night before and then woke up early to run on my treadmill before weigh in- then I would go eat!!!


I am laughing at your cheating at Weight Watchers and your ritual lol
Wishing you the very best with your writing and I can’t wait to read your first novella, Malanie Jayne!

Melanie Jayne

Thanks Cec–

Tracey Reid

Melanie, you made me laugh! Your ritual is awesome!!! You are going to write an amazing story! I can’t wait to read it! ((Hugs)))

Melanie Jayne

Thanks TR!!

Amy J Hawthorn

I smiled at your pre-writing ritual. I have one as well but it’s a bad one, especially for an author short on time. I feel as if it’s mandatory that I check FB, my email, my sales/amazon rank, the local news and the national news….It’s a circle that if I’m not careful I fall into and get lost. Then I blink and I’ve lost 3 hours. That’s one thing that Nano has definitely helped me with. Time management is by far my largest weakness. Good luck! 🙂

Melanie Jayne

I have to turn off my phone or I am checking always. I think I need to work in a padded cell!

Sandy D.

Thank you for the insight to your writing rituals…..I see you in a whole new light! I’m sure you will have great success!