13 September 2017

To Be a Writer You Must Be a Little Crazy

I’ve decided to join NaNoWriMo this November. For those of you who do not know what NaNoWriMo is, it is short for National Novel Writing Month, and it is a worldwide challenge for writers to write a full-length novel in 30 days.


A full-length novel in 30 days.

Crazy, right?

The challenge begins on November 1st, and the goal is to write a novel of 50,000 words by 11:59 pm on November 30th. That is crazy, and in past years, I wondered why anyone would put themselves through such a rigorous challenge. Yet, here I am about to embrace the challenge, and I’m really excited about it.

Why did I decide to do it?

First, it is perfect timing. Incorruptible will be with my editor, so I will be free to work on book four.

Second, the plot for book four is already developing, and I’m ready to get the story out.

Third, I need some discipline in my writing life, and a rigorous schedule for one month might help develop some good habits.

Fourth, the world won’t come to an end if I don’t reach the goal, but I will definitely have a good start on my next novel, no matter how many words I write in November.

Fifth, it will bring me in contact with other writers, and I’m always looking for support and tips from the writing community.

Sixth, it actually sounds like fun.

So, I am going to do it. I can use the month of October to begin my research. Novel 4 is not a contemporary novel. It will be historical fiction, so I will need to do a lot of research.

And some updates . . . the new cover for A Future Spring is being designed as I write this. I am so excited about it. I was never quite happy with the cover, so I can’t wait to see what my cover designer comes up with. 

Finally, the last draft of Incorruptible is finished. It will be off to the editor in October. The challenge I face now is to NOT touch it again until it is edited. 

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