I decided to do NaNoWriMo This Year

But, I am going to work on three books. I can no longer work on just one book at a time. I will write slowly in one book while I’m waiting for more ideas to come, so I need at least two other books to help even things out. So I’m bending the rules to fit how I best work. I don’t know if this is technically allowed, but I figure it doesn’t hurt anyone if I do it this way.

My goal is to write 50,000 words total across all three books. So if I can reach about 16,667 words per novel, then I’ll reach my goals. Of course, I can vary that up across novels. I can do 10,000 in one and 20,000 in the others. Or I can do 5,000 in one, 15,000 in another, and 30,000 in the third. I’m not going to worry about which story gets which word count. I’m just going to write in the story until I run out of ideas for it.

If anyone else is doing NaNaWriMo, let me know so I can add you as a writing buddy. My profile is at https://nanowrimo.org/participants/ruthannnordin if you’d like to add me.

Okay, so here are the three books I’m going to be working on.

Not surprisingly, The Rejected Groom is one of them.

The Rejected Groom Ebook Cover

I’m currently at 15,124 words in this. I thought I was further along in the story than that, but it’s barely even started.  This book comes after The Bride Price. I’d love to have it out in February. *fingers crossed*

This next one follows Married In Haste. 

make believe bride

I have nothing written yet for this one. I just finished the primary edits on Married In Haste and sent it out to my awesome editing team. I ended up rewriting minor portions of this one, so it took me longer than usual to get through. I’m very happy with the way Married In Haste turned out, so I’m glad I did those rewrites.

I’m going to start another brand new book.

The Marriage Contract Ebook Cover

As I was finishing Married In Haste, I got super excited about an idea I had for Stephen Bachman (Brad’s younger brother), but his story takes place 5 years after Married In Haste. So I have to start his book in a new series. Stephen reminds me a lot of Neil Craftsman. He’s not exactly like Neil. He does have his differences. But he is one of those characters who will have to be battered up pretty good before he’s ready to be mature. I love working on characters with serious flaws that need to be worked out.

So you can probably pick up on how eager I am to dive into this story. That’s why I’m going to go ahead and do it even though this will mean I’ll be working on two different Regency series at the same time again.


Just so everyone knows, I’m not going to stress the 50,000 word goal. I’ll aim for it, but if I don’t reach it, that’s fine. Some words is better than nothing at all.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to other genres, but her first love is historical romance. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and a couple of children. To find out more about her books, go to https://ruthannnordinsbooks.wordpress.com/.
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12 Responses to I decided to do NaNoWriMo This Year

  1. Ruth Griffin says:

    Hi Ruth Ann, this is my first year doing NaNoWriMo. I’ve added you as a buddy. My username is ruthegriffin.

  2. Juli Hoffman says:

    I decided to it this year, too. I’m not worried so much about the word count. It’s more about the companionship. 🙂

  3. The rule with NaNo is 50,000 words, so it doesn’t really matter how many books you write in or whether you finish the books. (One year I wrote two novellas instead of a novel.) As fast as you usually write, I don’t think you’ll have any problem at all getting 50,000 words, but even if you don’t, the NaNo police won’t come and take you away. *giggle*

    I did NaNo two years in a row, but I was so stressed and had very little time for anything else. My husband said never again. If I didn’t have a full time job, I could do it. But I just can’t while I’m working. I’m looking forward to retirement so much!

    • LOL on the NaNo police coming for me. That brings up a good idea for a short story if I were to ever write it. Sometimes I get a chance to participate in a short story anthology for thrillers, and that idea would work.

      I wouldn’t try it if I was working outside the home. It’s too intense.

  4. Susan says:

    I still wish you would do even a short story to finish the Montana Series I loved your 3 books in that series

    • I’m glad you enjoy the Montana Series. 🙂 The idea I had for Book 4 fizzled out when I tried to start it. Apparently, I wasn’t going in the best direction for that story. I have no other ideas that are even good leads for it. When I do get to it, I want it to be the very best it can be. The last thing I want to do is disappoint people with a book that isn’t up to par with the others. 🙂

  5. Good luck with your NaNoWriMo projects.

  6. Joanna Sarver says:

    Hi, I just had to comment to tell you how much I enjoyed the bride price. And I can not wait to read the next book. I was so moved by your books. By far you are my #1 favorite author!
    Thank you for all the good books you have written!

    • I really appreciate that, Joanna. I was afraid people wouldn’t like it because I plotted that one, and I was afraid it didn’t turn out well. The book didn’t end up the way I had plotted it. The original version is still stuck in my head, so I end up comparing that version with the one I ended up with. 🙂 I’m very touched and honored that you like my work so much. Thank you so much!!

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