Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

NaNo and The Straw Pie


I’m the baker in the family. This Thanksgiving I decided to step away from the traditional pumpkin or pecan pie and bake a chocolate pie. I never used this particular recipe, but I followed it to a tee.

After dinner, everyone was ready for dessert so I cut the pie. When my father asked for a straw and called it “The Straw Pie”, since he needed a straw to eat it, I knew something wasn’t right. When I looked at the pie after the first cut, the middle had turned into a brown puddle, it reminded me of my NaNoWriMo project this year.

In order to meet the NaNo challenge on time, I had to write like a maniac after work and on the weekends. The only way I could meet my daily word count was to avoid the red, green and blue squiggles underneath my fragmented sentences, incorrect word usage and spelling errors and just keep writing. That’s exactly what I did for twenty seven days straight.

The result was a rough draft to a novel whose ending I need to write. Scenes I have to rewrite, as well as removing copious identifiers and voluminous informative dialogue. However, before I begin, I will read the entire draft knowing this mess will give me as big of a laugh as my now famous, “Straw Pie”.

Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write contemporary stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers and artists. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. I write stories filled with love, faith and happy endings for Harlequin Love Inspired. What can I say...I love happy endings. My sixth book Searching for Home will be in stores December 28, 2021, details can be found at JillWeatherholt.com. I've sold seven sweet romance stories to Woman's World Magazine. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010, 2012 and 2016 winner of the National Novel Writing Month Contest. I love to connect with readers. Visit me at jillweatherholt.com and sign-up for my newsletter. Follow me on Amazon.com and Bookbub.com.

22 thoughts on “NaNo and The Straw Pie

  1. Well, the pie looks tasty, even if it is a straw pie!

    And I’m sure your book will be great, once you iron out the ending and edit! It is funny when I look back over some of my NaNo writing and wonder how I could word something a particular way or do other weird stuff. But it usually jumps out at you in edits (esp. those stinking squiggly red lines!).


  2. Although I am not a fan of cake, my parents used to make a delicious desert that was called “Chocolate Cake that makes its own Sauce.” This is a recipe that appears solid on top, but as soon as you cut into it, you find that the inside is completely molten.

    I guess the difference is whether or not you do it on purpose…

    Good luck on the rewrite.


  3. What a great blog post! I love the way you tied together two unrelated things. Good luck with your editing, and have FUN with it.


  4. Thanks! I have a feeling I’ll think of the pie throughout the editing process. 🙂


  5. If it makes you feel any better about the pie, I am officially called “Baker,” and I’m lucky if I can heat up a premade pie without burning it. In fact, I don’t even know if you’re supposed to heat up pies.

    No one ever asks me to bake anything. I’m the “bring the drinks” guy. I would be ashamed, but it gets me out of having to bake.



  6. Believe it or not, I do enjoy baking, obviously pies aren’t my specialty or at least this recipe. I would venture to say most people feel the “bring the drinks” guy is far more important than the baker. 🙂


  7. The pie still looks tasty to me. I think that’s the fun of trying to make new things. Either you get a good laugh, a good story, or get to try something tasty and new. Or if you’re really lucky, you get all of those. 🙂


  8. I think that pie looks great; chocolate heals all. I’m deathly afraid of making pie crusts, so more power to you!

    I have to clean up my typing, or else I accumulate so many errors I can’t continue. 🙂 But you reached 50K, such an achievement. Now, if those Redskins can meet a similar challenge; our house was pulling for them on Thanksgiving, and we’re doing the same again tonight!!


  9. Excellent post Jill, NaNoWriMo and baking, you’re a wonder !!


  10. As Julia Child said, make no apologies. And congratulations on your successful challenge.


  11. Chocolate’s fine, liquid or otherwise! Thanks for the smile.


  12. Very entertaining! I think Julia Powell (think Julia & Julie movie) could relate to this experience. I know I can.

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