Ah, November. The best and worst month of the year. Why? Because it’s NaNoWriMo time. Time for writers all over the world to hunker down with brand new manuscripts, outlines, and dreams of completed novels filling their heads. We’ve written a bit about NaNoWriMo over the past few weeks, and we hope that you’ve rocketed into November with a plan. We wanted to take a little bit different approach with our post for this week. We’re going to share our NaNoWriMo plans with you.
I haven’t actually participated in NaNoWriMo officially in a couple of years. I’m naturally very competitive, and the last year that I did NaNo, I kept writing terrible words in an effort to fill out my word count. So I quit. I stopped checking the NaNoWriMo website and started a brand new story about ten days in. And that story is now a best-selling novel. This year, I’m doing my own personal little National-Novella-Rewriting-Month. You see, I just got my edits back on Moonlight and Macchiatos, and they are…rather extensive. After a detailed chat with my editor, I’ve decided to overhaul the characters completely and make some massive changes to the interplay between them. While the basic meat of the story will remain the same, so much will change that I’m effectively starting from scratch. I’ll be cutting huge swaths of some chapters and making slight tweaks to others.
I also have a holiday short story to write in the next two weeks. That’s the more pressing task, as I have a firm deadline for that one. Moonlight and Macchiatos is about 34,000 words and the holiday short story needs to be approximately 20,000 words. If I can do both this month, I’ll have effectively completed a full NaNoWriMo. I love interacting with fellow authors on Twitter, so hit me up if you need encouragement.
Two years ago I wrote my debut novel during NaNo. Well, okay, I finished it during NaNo as it had been sitting to the side for a few months before November kicked my behind into gear to get it done. Sadly, I’m not doing NaNo this year. Not in the traditional sense. I’m going to use NaNoWrimo to edit, and I’ll explain how in a moment. I wish I could fit in more time for writing, but the truth is, business is booming for PageCurl and my priority is to keep up on all the great things PageCurl is launching (like our new Book Club!), as well as working with my author clients on their marketing.
A publicist’s job is never done, you see, and while I wouldn’t change a darn thing, my spare time is limited or nonexistent these days. The sequel to that debut novel needs to get edited (I loathe editing, don’t you? A necessary evil, but man, haha), and I plan to try to edit the 2,000 words a day to get this book self-edited and sent off to my amazing editor. If there’s time, I’d love to work on my baseball romance or even the first book in my new Mackinaw Island series (title TBD).
So while I may not be flooding my social steams with virtual fist pumps and word counts, I will still be posting about my progress and looking to encourage all my friends participating in NaNo the “right” way or the “fake” way as I am. Feel free to connect with me so we can encourage each other! You’ll find me mostly on Facebook and Twitter. Happy NaNoWriMo month! May the writing muse visit you should you need her.