The NaNoWriMo Project: The Wrap Up!


NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

And around the world, a great sigh of relief went up among the writers. Some sighs were followed by cheers as the words were tallied and it was revealed that the sacred count of 50,000 been reached. But whatever their word count, the writers knew they had achieved something… they had made a commitment to their story and themselves that can’t be measured in mere words.

It has been a remarkable journey these last 30 days as we followed these writers through their unique challenges of NaNoWriMo. As each of them shared their strategies and experiences, we all gleaned a wealth of insight into what it takes to reach the 50K goal. And now, with NaNoWriMo complete, we reach out to them one more time to learn how they did and what comes next.

If you’re just joining us, check out our initial interview and workshop and Halfway Followup with all four creageous (creative and courageous) members of our NaNoWriMo Team:


The NaNoWriMo Project – The Wrap Up!


Check out this and all our episodes on iTunes and on Stitcher Radio!

Meet the remarkable people featured on this podcast…


Jared Axelrod

Jared Axelrod

Your Co-Host: Jared Axelrod

Jared’s website:

The superb The Battle of Blood and Ink

Fables of the Flying City:

Jared’s Tumblr feed:

@planetx on Twitter

And your panel of bold and dedicated writers…


Starla Hutchton

Starla Hutchton

Starla Hutchton

Starla Huchton is a two-time Parsec Award nominated author, graphic designer, voice actor, and unrepentant geek temporarily based out of Newport, Rhode Island.

Links to all my projects are available via those websites.



Christopher Morse

Christopher Morse

Christopher Morse

Christopher X. Morse is an actor, podcaster, writer and part-time supervillain currently residing in Philadelphia, PA with his brilliant and beautiful wife, Erica. When not trying to write or perform silly fiction, he can be found with a book of silly fiction in his hands.


Veronica Giguere

Veronica Giguere

Veronica Giguere

Veronica Giguere is a voiceover artist and author. She is a co-author, voice talent, and producer for the Secret World Chronicles podcast, and she writes and worldbuilds for comic publisher IncubatorPress. She is also an active voice at HG World in The Diary of Jill Woodbine, and she continues to read for authors in the realms of science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, and erotica. Rumors exist of an mild-mannered alter-ego steeped in academia, fueled by caffeine, who trudges through the mire of higher education administration in pursuit of the letters P, H, and D while masterminding first-year college transition curriculum. Said creature often dabbles in psychology and early adulthood learning strategies, possesses an affinity for comic books and small talking horses, and strives alongside her spouse to raise literary-minded geekchildren. Supposedly, she is an expert on time management.

Check out Voices by Veronica to learn more about her incredible vocal artistry, and Visit her blog for the full spectrum of Giguere artistic awesomeness.

John Mierau

John Mierau


John Mierau

Serving Worlds is John’s website where you can discover the fabulousity that IS John Mierau


About Author

Dave Robison has indulged in creative pursuits his entire life. His CV includes writing Curious George fan-fiction at the age of eight, improv theater at age ten, playing trumpet at age twelve, as well as a theater degree, creating magazine cover art, writing audio scripts, designing websites, creating board games, hosting mythological roundtables and generally savoring the sweet drought of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.


  1. Just to clarify, Mr. Axelrod was correct. I reached 50K on November 21st, then took a turkey-related break. After that I wrote the denouement, but my story (narratively speaking) is complete!

    • I don’t know where I got the idea you had crested 60K… maybe I was just extrapolating your strong start and let math lead me down the primrose path (darned math). Regardless, a triumph for you on many levels, sir. *applause* 😉

  2. Congrats to all! And John, amazing job kicking it up with all going on.

    I do look forward to hearing more about these projects in the future. 😉 And Starla! Wow, you have lots to share in this world!! Amazing. All you’ve shared along the way, you have to finish this one. lol.

    I have to say the community as a whole is amazing during Nano time. I love the friendly competition, it’s such a great push and rush. The supporting of everyone is wonderful. Really is a push to keep going.

    I’m ready to do this again! lol. Got new ideas sparking and noting. This year, I finished off with 52,063 (give or take a word or two).

    I’ve decided, with all the support and enthusiasm this year, I’m going back to last years project and plan on tearing it apart and getting a second rough draft with the specifications and everything narrowed down.

    Dave I will be looking for you next year! And Jared, it would be great to see you at it again too. 🙂 And with writing, you might have more questions to ask the other participants. But I understand the time thing, that’s why I quit reading and blogging for November. Thank you!