We're over halfway through February, which means I'm over halfway through this year's JeRoWriMo challenge. If you haven't heard me talk about JeRoWriMo in years past, it stands for Jersey Romance Writing Month and is a writing challenge for New Jersey Romance Writers members in which participants try to write/revise 30k words in the month of February. I've participated every year (with the exception of 2021 when I wasn't a member); I wrote part of my first published book, The Prince's Consort, during a JeRoWriMo and many of my books since. The challenge always motivates me, both because of the wonderful encouraging people who cheer on every accomplishment and every word written...and because I'm a ridiculously competitive person who can't join a challenge without completing it!
The last few years have been rough for me writing-wise (and otherwise, as it has been for so many of us). I've had times when I've barely written at all and wondered if I would ever finish another book. But I'm finally getting there, and I'm feeling very hopeful that I will soon finish this book and then write more after. JeRoWriMo has given me a push to finish the last of the scenes I need to write in To Love the Dragon King—I'm mostly a pantser (which autocorrect constantly tries to change to panther, and that's way cooler sounding, so maybe I should just let it) and I write out of order. It works for me, but it can also be a little chaotic and stressful, even more so this time around when I've been writing this same book for longer than I've ever spent writing a book. I went into this month knowing I had some scenes to write in the middle of the book to make both the romance and the plot work. During the last couple of weeks, my brain also decided there should be a few more scenes in there, but writing is almost finished, and then I can get down to the work of revising and get closer to getting this book into your hands.
And win the JeRoWriMo challenge too, of course.