I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for 12 years and this year will mark the 10 year anniversary of my first win. It’s been a regular in my writing routine that there is never a question about whether I’ll plan a novel for November. But now that I’ve won more frequently than I’ve lost, do I need NaNoWriMo anymore?
This past week I heard an author refer to her books as her babies and it got me thinking. For years I worked on my book baby; I brainstormed, did character sketches, daydreamed, built it up, put it on a pedestal, and made it a monster undertaking.
That’s right, we all have to wait 4 whole days to read Stealing the Wolf Prince, my fantasy romance novel.
As I’ve mentioned, I wrote Stealing the Wolf Prince in 2006 during the National Novel Writing Month. It was such an eye opening experience that I wrote an article about it. You can read all about it in Writing by the Seat of Your Pants. $.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited.
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The Rocker Next Door
It’s November and that means National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. It’s been a writing tradition for me for the past 9 years.
This year I am writing a paranormal romance called The Rocker Next Door. To the left you will see the mock cover I made using some free stock photos and some scrap booking software. To the right, in the side bar, you’ll see my word count. I’m already behind!
But no worries. Unlike past years where I stressed and freaked out about the task of hitting 50k words in 30 days, I’m really chill. My biggest goal is to write every day and complete the story. I have my outline and my character profiles to keep me moving forward. I’m still waiting on edits from my publisher so if those arrive this month, that’s ok too.
Good luck to everyone that’s participating. It’s crazy, zany, and ludicrous but tons of fun. Remember, it’s all about getting the book written, you can edit and perfect it laters.
Be prepared for NaNoWriMo!
Part of my regular writing routine is the National Novel Writing Month. I talk about it quite a bit. My novel, Stealing the Wolf Prince, is a 2006 NaNoWriMo winner. Traditionally, people start to prepare for this breakneck approach to writing a novel in October. I’m no exception.
It took me two years to win NaNoWriMo and this article, available on Amazon starting October 1st, is the tale of how I overcame my inner editor and personal stumbling blocks to earn the title novelist. Novel writing is not for the feint of heart.
Writing by the Seat of Your Pants was previously published in Art & Prose Ezine.
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