Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pre-Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. "NaNoWriMo."  InCaUDiNo. (In case you didn't know.) Every year I lament the fact that I can't start anything new for NaNo because I'm still working on the same book  I started in 2007.

But this year I am going to do it. Which means I have to FINISH  The Golden Gryphon. I have set a deadline for myself of Sept. 30th to finish my revisions. Then I'm going to give it to a couple of beta readers, make a basket of reeds and send my baby out to sink or float on the great river of query slush.

Further bulletins as events warrant.

Are you planning to do NaNo this year? How are you preparing for it?


  1. I'm planning on it. Small Town Ghosts should be finished (actually finished and off to the agent) by then so I hope to be starting the next project by then.

  2. i just finished my wip last week, so i'm giving myself a month to see how far i get on my revisions before i decide if i'm doing NaNo again this year

  3. Congratulations Sarah!!! That is fantastic news.

    And you, too, Krista. Is that a story or a novel?

    My, you two are making me feel ashamed of myself.

  4. Hello from a new follower! I'm excited for you to hit he September 30th deadline! That is so exciting! I'm sure your baby will do great out there in query world. Can't wait to hear more. :)

  5. I don't know about NaNo. I may or may not do it. I did it last year with lackluster appeal. The timing will be right, though -- I'll have my current piece finished and looking for a new start!

    So maybe this year I'll partake in the insanity.

    - Eric

  6. I hope to join in again. I am going to work on my third novel. I wrote my second via NaNo last year and enjoyed every day. The deadline motivates me daily.

  7. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower, Abby!

    Yeah so my editing progress is a big fat zero so far, but I'm up early on a Sunday morning so here's hoping...

  8. Oh, just fling it at the betas. I just did. I found I could discount the extremes ("LOVE IT! You're a genius!" all right, not completely discount) ("What happened? I was confused from the first page. Also, I'm 87.")

    But there was some real agreement in the middle. Specifically, the same three places where everyone got mixed up. I like to leave some of the work to the reader, but if half the people are confused, I need to give them more information.

    The worst thing is to polish and primp and putter and procrastinate. Put something out there, and let your readers help you.


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