Yes I did… I joined CAMP NaNoWriMo!

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I have struggled on and off for months now – working laboriously over my manuscript (MS) – “A Mother For Leah”, putting it away when inspiration flees, going back to it and editing mercilessly only to find myself putting it away again.

And I finally said… ENOUGH!

I do believe that this is a look at how I will handle a deadline.

Meaning: if there is no deadline in sight, I will procrastinate and fiddle around and generally not get much work done. But if there is a deadline, I will feel properly motivated to get going and work work work!

Clearly I needed the motivation…

Yesterday I added 517 words to my MS and edit 8 pages! I haven’t done that in weeks!

So here’s hoping I can have the same success every night in the remaining two weeks of Camp NaNoWriMo! If I do, I may just go OVER my goal of 70,000 words!

Secretly I really wanted 75,000 – I was just afraid to make that my goal because it seems like I delete 100 words for every 200 I add…

If anyone is interested in watching my progress there, click on this LINK. Otherwise, keep watching here because I plan to chronicle my journey for you!

On to that goal of 70,000 words!


Maybe I’ll even get to 75,000…



~ Rachel



©Rachel L Miller 2014

I am almost there. The Finish Line is in sight!


I am on my last draft before I officially begin the query process.


Yes, I’m excited! Who could have thought that a story I wrote, basically on a dare, would end up being a serious project for me?

Since I am aiming at a young adult crowd, I plan to keep my project in the 70,000 word range since that is what experts recommend. Plus, I’ve seen plenty of other books in the Amish fiction genre that are around that length so I feel very comfortable with it.

Do I think it’s perfect?

No. I’m not that foolish. I’m certain there will be things an agent or an editor will want me to change, areas that need to  be expanded on or even subtracted from. But I feel that knowing this ahead of time will actually help me in the process.

Too many new authors think they are the next C.S. Lewis or Shakespeare and are offended when their work is critiqued. That is what an agent or an editor is supposed to do. They know what sells. They know what the public wants. And they know what works within a specific genre.

That is not to say there aren’t things in my book that I won’t fight for. There are things within my story that may be flexible and there are things in it that are not – things I will go to the mat over. But I’m confident that none of them are what an editor would consider a deal-breaker. And… spelling errors, weak scenes and phrasing issues are not among them.

Of course, the terror I have to deal with then – is the proposal. Oh the horror!

Pray for me…


© Rachel L. Miller 2014

A Special Sneak Peek! | From the Prologue for “A Mother For Leah”

A Mother For Leah Quote from Prologue 3

Some time ago, you might remember my lamenting that my mother suggested I might want to add on a prologue.

Well I didn’t want to but since she is my biggest cheerleader, I decided to give it a try. And there’s no nice way to put this…

It stunk!

I mean it stunk bad. And I didn’t like it. I edited and edited and edited but no matter how hard I tried, I could not make it sound good.

Then, a few days ago, I received a very upsetting phone call.

And apparently, that was the catalyst that God was waiting for because it gave me whatever I needed to pour life (even by way of grief) into Leah’s story.

Since then, I have worked doggedly to pour as much of my ragged emotions into the story as possible and I just want to share a little bit of it with you.

The picture above has a quote from that same prologue – well, not the same prologue… the much edited one. The one I poured my emotions into.

And that one – I LIKE!

In the last couple of days, I have edited the following two chapters and made a point to pour that same level of emotion into them as well.

And… BONUS! I’ve added over 1,000 words to the manuscript as well!

So…now on to the rest of the book.


© Rachel L. Miller 2014 (Author of Amish Fiction)