The Art of Mirriam Neal

like pulling teeth

Let me tell you about my mistake. I chose to write an important novel for NaNo. I’ve never done this before; I have always come up with a completely separate, NaNo-perfect idea that isn’t too deep, isn’t too difficult. As a result, NaNo has been fun, I’ve enjoyed it, and writing hasn’t felt like pulling teeth. This month, however, I decided to write Acceso – which is important, heavy, and not something I want to hate by the end of the month. So, I regret to announce that I have decided to quit NaNo this year. This book is too important to me to throw together in a slapdash manner, and too important for me to loathe by the time November is up.


This pains me. I have wrestled with this decision for several days, and I have to grind my teeth and admit that this means Kyla will probably win (next year, Fournier). Am I shelving Acceso? No. I’m going to continue to write it, and I’m going to feel free to love it at the pace it needs. I’m not going to force mediocrity into it; it doesn’t deserve that. As for the rest of you NaNoers – you can do this. I’m rooting for you.


I am busy writing elsewhere! The indomitable Sky has created a new blog project called The Fangirl Initiative, which means on Wednesdays and Saturdays, I recap (humorously, but helpfully) the latest episodes of Agents of SHIELD and The 100. Check it out, follow, comment, and share – it’s going to be fun, I promise!

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