Wednesday, October 13, 2010

NaNoWriMo and Other Stuffs

It's hard to believe we're pretty much halfway through October already. I love October. It's my favoritest month. The days are warm (for the most part), the nights are chilly (perfect!), and the colors - OMG.

One of the best things about living where I do is the autumn. The leaves become the most beautiful shades of red, orange, and gold. We have one tree in our backyard (a black tupelo, if Wikipedia can be trusted) that becomes the most gorgeous colors when the leaves turn. It's just starting to turn now, and I'll try to get pictures of it. I love it. It's my favoritest tree ('Mom,'  the Girl says, 'don't you mean favorite, since favoritest isn't really a word?' Gotta love her.)

And during this month, I begin thinking about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for those who have never heard of the challenge of writing 50k words in 30 days or less.) This year, I'd planned on finishing Midnight Angel. But when I finished my edits for Tiger Eyes and turned them in, I got hit with the urge to write. In the last two days, I've added almost 3k words and the way I'm going, I'll finish the rough draft before November 1st.

So, I think I'll work on the western I've wanted to write. We'll see. I've got eighteen days to mull it over. Or, I can do as I've done in years past - finish one book and start another. That's how I ended up with Tiger Eyes and Devil in Disguise. One was begun, the other ended, during NaNo 2008. That's the beauty of NaNo. And, even better, I've sold every one of my NaNo projects, and they usually inspire more books as well. Writing's funny that way, work breeds inspiration. :D

Now, Playing with Fire is set to be released on November 26th, so I'll be knee-deep in edits for that as well. And there is still at least two more rounds of edits on Tiger Eyes - so I'm going to be busier than a one-armed paper hanger for the next few weeks. And, I should have cover art for Tiger Eyes and final cover art for Playing with Fire very soon.

I'm in for a couple of very busy weeks, but it should be fun. Surely I'm not the only loon signed up for NaNo - anyone else out there doing it?


Amy Tripp said...

Hi there! Just clicking through blogs and noticed yours on Nanowrimo. I just wanted to tell you how awesome I think it is that you've published your Nanowrimo books. This is my sixth year in Nano and my manuscripts languish on my harddrive.

I have recentently set myself to taking the business of writing more seriously, so I hope one day to be in the place you are - professional novelist.

Good luck on this year's Nano!

Maria Zannini said...

You're a mad woman to add Nano on top of everything else. We'll be feeding you alcohol intravenously before it's all over. LOL.

Kim said...

Hi Amy - I'm glad you dropped by and hope you come around again! :D

Maria - I know - my husband said almost the same thing. It all evens out though in December, when I take a few weeks off. :D

Bryce Ellicott said...

Nano, absolutely. It is a great way to practice taming the internal editor, and maintaining that regular writing schedule each day. Not to mention it is a very fun way to interact with writers. I especially enjoy the chance to meet up with others in my region for write-ups. Good luck.
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