NaNoWriMo Update: Week One

Excerpt of Silhouettes of Red (Diff. Font)

Hey there!

The featured image has a quick excerpt from Silhouettes of Red. Please read at your own risk. (:

As promised, here is my weekly update with a citation. My week was exciting, to say the least. It’s my second year participating, and I noticed that my excitement/commitment levels were different this year. I struggled with staying active in the write-in’s that NaNo holds each week, I struggled to write extra (which I had no problem with last year), and I struggled with finding my ‘why’ for this story.

Let me back up a bit… I’m writing a novel which features Edgar Bates. He is a serial killer who has an obsession with blood. It was a story that found me on my way home one day. Thus, here we are.

Now, I’ve had a lot of feedback about what I’m writing. 75% of the feedback has been negative. People don’t understand why I would want to write about a serial killer. The other 25% are thrilled to see what I come up with and love my current concept. Unfortunately, the ones who I’ve heard from the most are pesky Nay-Sayers. I really have upset quite a few people with my novel.

With all of that in mind, it’s hard to write something that people don’t believe in. On the other hand, it ignited a fiery passion for me to write it, in spite of them and show them that it isn’t quite what they think.

Thank you, stubborn self. (;

I realized that planning/plotting is not my thing for every novel that I write. It has a tendency to hinder my creativity or place pressure on me to write something. That limits me from completing chapters and moving the story forward and ends up giving me distractions/blocks to turn to.

I have managed to keep up with the word counts. I currently have 11,717 words. Now, that makes me behind for today, November 8th. My goal, after I finish this, is to write my 1,667 words and catch back up. Throughout the week, I overcame the negative thoughts/feedback of others and completed my word count goals. I also figured out some vital information about Edgar.

*Mini Spoiler*
Readers are either going to hate him or love him. He has a kind heart toward his nephew Malcolm, but also an undesirable need to torture (and eventually murder) women. Caution: Character may give you mixed feelings.

Well, that’s my update. It’s a jumble of thoughts that are rolling through my mind. I apologize for the random nature of it, but that’s what I’ve got for you. We’re starting week two, and I’m honestly excited to see where Edgar takes me on this journey to tell his story. I hope that your first week was successful!

Leave a comment on how you deal with Nay-Sayers. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, describe what you’re writing about! Oh, and please try to remember, it’s only a first draft. (;

Until next week,
— Shay <3

It’s That Time of Year Again

NaNoWriMo has arrived.

They’ve reset everything for another year and Kick Off Parties begin tonight!

(Throw confetti, everyone!)

Below, you will find my commitment to my project, Silhouettes of Red. I will also post what my experience is with NaNoWriMo and writing this novel, throughout the month. If you’re willing to give it a go, visit: and sign up today! There’s still time. (:

Without further ado… My commitment.


Let this signify a testament and commitment. Everything written below is as if I wrote the words with my own two hands on pen and paper. This commitment will not be broken unless I pass or am severely injured to where I cannot write. (;

I, Shanna Rightsell, will write Silhouettes of Red for November while I participate in NaNoWriMo (also known as National Novel Writing Month). I will unravel the story of a serial killer, Edgar Bates, who has an odd obsession with blood. He has a strong desire for his story to be told, so I promise to write out all of his thoughts on paper, good or bad and will write his first draft to the best of my ability. I will attempt to make Silhouettes of Red a victory novel, meaning that I promise to push myself toward completing the first draft, in November. When I finish my first draft of Silhouettes of Red, I will celebrate with a blog post. (:

Throughout the month, I promise to write as much as I physically/mentally can throughout each week as I aim to reach my goal. I promise to focus the majority of my time, effort and energy to the project listed within and will attempt to lay aside distractions. My commitment shall include the restriction of television/movie watching, video-gaming, and general laziness until my word count has been reached for the day.

I vow to stick with my commitment until my project mentioned within is complete. This means that if I am unable to complete my novel through the NaNoWriMo program, I will continue to write until the book is finished. Within the NaNoWriMo program, I will track my words and progress to share with the world. Also, I promise to attempt to post a weekly blog with updates and a bonus excerpt for my fabulous readers. To which, if I fail to stick with my commitment or post a weekly blog with updates, I subject myself to public mockery from friends, loved ones and readers. If I’ve failed to write Silhouettes of Red (in part or in whole), then I will be subject to questions by readers, loved ones, and friends, that I must answer truthfully as punishment for not completing my project.

At this moment, I proclaim another novel to the world.


Goodbye, sanity.
Hello, Silhouettes of Red.

Let the writing begin. <3