Those of you who aren’t writers may see a lot of authors talking about NaNo or NaNoWriMo for the next month. November is National Novel Writing Month. It’s a challenge to write an entire novel in the month – or to be technically correct, to write 50,000 words in a month (most novels are actually closer to 100K, Harlequins being the exception.)
This breaks down to 1666.6 words per day. It should be do-able for most authors, BUT when you factor in children and work and all the other bazillion things we have to do, it’s a lot tougher than you think. Especially when that evil Internal Editor decides to show up and convinces you that everything you’re writing is cr*p.
For those of you who write, if you’ve signed up for NaNo this year, here’s a couple blogs to check to keep you on track:
Suzannah Freeman has listed 8 Nasty Writing Habits You should Quit.
The GenReality blog has very useful tips from Lynn Viehl, Sasha White, and Candace Havens (you may remember Candy was a guest blogger here at the end of June as part of my Birthday Bash). Lynn talks about how to destress, and Candy offers hints on time management, Sasha has one on tracking your writing, and Joe Nassise has an excellent post on the hero’s journey. (That’s all this week alone!)
For my readers, if you find some of your favorite authors missing from Twitter, or freaking out over there, or their blogs are being forgotten, they’re probably doing NaNo.
Yes, this is a backward way of saying I’ve signed up too and I may go missing in action from time to time. I’ll still have my guest bloggers on Wednesdays, and I’m hoping to fill in some upcoming posts with pictures from my recent vacation up in the Blue Mountain area of Ontario. I may even dig back into my photos from Quebec City or Ottawa trips. But I may not spend too much time on writing original posts for the next month. Why? Because in addition to writing the next in the Hauberk series which is what I’ll be working on for NaNo, I’ve also got to
whip edit the unrelated (and currently untitled) erotic romance I’ve been working on into shape for submission, as well as finding that perfect present for Gizmo guy who celebrates his birthday next week. (He has to be the hardest person I’ve ever met to shop for – if he wants/needs anything he goes buys it himself before I have a chance. Plus he already owns every gizmo known to man. Sometimes two!)
Hmm, I sense I may be sprouting a few more gray hairs this month. And hopefully I finish this time – last time I tried, I got interrupted 9 days in by a phone call telling me my father had had a massive stroke that left him with irreparable brain damage and I spent the next 5 months running my mom up to the hospital 90 minutes away to visit him every day while we tried to convince her that no, she wouldn’t be able to take him home. Writing took a backseat for those months. So *fingers crossed* that didn’t set a precedent. (Yes, I am very superstitious about such things.)
Oh, and I’m using the very unoriginal user name of LeahBraemel if you want to “buddy” me.