In a few days it will be that time again. That time when my friends will wonder if I’ve fallen off the face of the earth and my husband will be grumpy because I am not spending enough time with him. That time we call…NaNoWriMo.
For those of you unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and–despite being called “national” it’s actually a global phenomenon. The goal? Write a 50,000+ word novel between 1 and 30 November. The prize? There is none–this is all about staying motivated and encouraging others to reach their goal while you reach yours. So if you think you have a book inside you, why not give NaNoWriMo a try? Just think how pleased you’ll be when you write “The End”. And this gives you a good excuse to be anti-social for a while. 😉
This is going to be the ninth time I embark on NaNoWriMo, and I hope I finish on time. I’ve got a busy November ahead, so I will have to pace myself and make sure I finish my 1650 words/day. My novel this year will be entitled Near Enough to Hold. I have two very different story ideas swirling around in my mind, but I think I have a pretty good idea which of them I will write. And as always, I will post rough and very unedited chapters here, so you’ll be able to follow my progress.
I also made a mock-up of a cover to help me stay motivated. No, this isn’t the final cover. I don’t own the rights to this image. I am just using it as inspiration for when I write. Whenever you get stuck, you need something to “unstick” you, and I think this will do the trick.
If you think you’re ready to give NaNoWriMo a try, head over to the official website. There is still time to sign up and it doesn’t cost you a single penny! Even if you don’t finish, the fact that you tried is impressive enough! 🙂
Happy writing (and reading)!
One of Sue Traynor’s illustrations, © Susan Traynor. Source: istockphoto.com
I’m working on a few manuscripts simultaneously, which should be confusing but my brain seems to be able to handle it. It must be from work–I have to juggle so many projects at once and keep everything straight. Maybe that’s why I get bored when I only have one thing to work on. I suspect I have a touch of ADD–I have a hard time concentrating, I leave things unfinished in my private life because other things distract me so easily. Good thing I have Tord to remind me to finish what I start. 🙂
So now that I found all the chapters of Playing House and I’ve started going through them to see where they need fine tuning, I thought the best way to stay on track was to give myself a deadline and to make a cover. But I couldn’t find a cover image that really captured the mood I wanted.
In my istockhphoto.com search, I found illustrator Sue Traynor. She does great vector images that are fun, colorful and flirty–perfect for a novel about lost loves reconnecting in a small town in Vermont. I found out Sue does custom images and contacted her about my story and what I was looking for. After exchanging a few emails and reference images, we decided we’d work together on this. I’m super excited! We start next week. Soon I will be able to share with you the cover of Playing House, which I want to launch in August.
Also, A Little Night Music, the other novel I am finishing up, will have a cover reveal soon too. Possibly by the end of the month! 🙂
Yup, that’s right! In less than three hours I could start writing my next Nanowrimo masterpiece. Most likely, I will wait until tomorrow morning to start–but it depends on if I get a second burst of energy. Last night, I was so giddy thinking about Nanowrimo that I threw together a cover for this year’s NanoNovel just to keep me motivated.
My plan is to write 1700 words a day to make sure I can finish on time. On weekdays, as long as I don’t have too psycho days at work, this should be doable. Weekends are when I can manage 3000-5000-word days. I like my idea so I think that will also help me stay on track.
Last night, I figured out names for my main characters. I decided that one of the male characters (the potential sperm donor) was Danish and called Mads. The other male character (the man my heroine lives with) is Swedish and called Niklas. My heroine’s name is Laney. I’ve figured out what they all do for livings. I’ve figured out why Mads decided to become a sperm donor. I know he’s afraid of sea gulls. I know that Laney wants a baby but has no clue what do with children when she is around them. I’d tell you more but that would be revealing too much. 😉
If any of you are going to participate in Nanowrimo, add me as a buddy! You can find my profile here on the Nanowrimo site.
That’s it for now. Happy writing!