Saturday, November 14, 2015

#NaNoWriMo2015 and me

I'll admit it. I've been a bit MIA so far in November.

I mean, the first I had the release of "The Queen" but after that I just went dead in the water right? Well, not really. Because I have actually be tucked away in the writing cave every single day working on my newest work, "Hook's Little Mermaid" during #NaNoWriMo.

This is the first year I have ever participated in NaNo because I'm still very new to writing. Last year was an emotion rollercoaster for my family, so I didn't even dare think about trying it then. But this year I felt I was more prepared.

I had been mentally working on my fairytale retelling series "The Untold Stories" since the beginning of the year; jotting down little notes whenever something would come to mind. After #Utopia2015, I figured out that "Hook's Little Mermaid" would be the first book in the series.

At the beginning of October, I committed myself to taking the #NaNoWriMo2015 challenge. So I grabbed my notebook (I love keeping my notes on paper instead of some kind of spreadsheet) and started plotting out the storyline. Sure, there were holes that would need to be filled along the way, but for the most part, but November 1st I was ready to start writing.

I decided I would push myself to do 2,000 words a day in order to get done before the 30th (or in case one of my kids or myself got sick and I needed to take a day off).

Today, November 14, I just passed the 30,000 word mark!

Do I feel that the story will be finished by November 30? No, not really. I mean, I plan to have my 50K word count but then there is the long and wonderful process of printing it off (again, I like paper and pen) and going over it about ten times with my red pen.

But I have committed to having this book completely done by Spring. I have already booked my wonderful editor (who I don't think I could possibly publish a book without her being part of it) for March 1, which means that I have to have this book editor ready by then.

What does that mean for you, the reader? 

It means that you can plan on enjoying an amazing new adventure featuring the notoriously sexy Captain Hook and a beautiful little mermaid named Elynna, in the near future.

Until then... it's time to slip back in the writing cave.

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