I was just over at BBAW and there’s a massive list of Book Blogger Giveaways there – many of them are still open, so rather than re-invent the wheel this week, I thought it would be smarter to just point everyone over there to take part in BBAW giveaway fun.
Okay, yes, I was also feeling a bit lazy. It’s been quite the busy week around here, and I’ve been having fun with the BBAW daily writing prompts and visiting as many new-to-me bloggers as I could. Anyway, I should be back to normal by next week’s Sunday Salon, so if you’re holding a book giveaway, let me know and I’ll include your giveaway in my next giveaways round-up post.
We’re nearly into October already, so I’ve decided to start getting ready for NaNoWriMo over the next several weeks. I also decided to create a new user account, since my last one was affiliated with my personal blog and I never did much with it other than update my daily word count.
This year, I’m hoping that a lot of the bloggers I know now because of MsBookish will be participating in NaNoWriMo; I’d love to have some writing buddies. Here is my profile page – if you’ve joined, or are joining, log-in, cruise over to my link and add me as a writing buddy!
If NaNoWriMo is new to you, here’s more information:
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
So, what am I planning to do to get prepared for NaNoWriMo before November 1? As some of you know, I’ve been working on finishing up the few final scenes for my current work-in-progress, NANTUCKET (or maybe, not-working is a better phrase, since I’ve been procrastinating finishing up my first draft ever since the end first came into sight three weeks ago).
I am aiming to finish NANTUCKET this coming week – I’m going to go back to my “half an hour of writing a day” goal which worked so well to get me started and kept me writing. And once I’ve finished, I want to keep the writing habit, so I’ll be starting a new novel right away.
My timing, though, isn’t so great. The novel you work on for NaNoWriMo is supposed to be a totally new project, something you’re starting just for NaNoWriMo. So in addition to starting my next novel, I’ve decided to start working on character sketches for my NaNoWriMo novel, too. The book idea I’ll be working on in November is a children’s book; it’s an idea that I’ve had for several years now, but while I have the concept, and the two main characters, I need to flesh things out a bit more before I can sit down and write.
I won’t be doing any outlining – I’m more of a pantser, rather than a plotter. But my idea for the book involves chapters that deal with separate stories about different characters, all linked together by the two central characters and the main concept. I’m not going to try and come up with each of these separate stories, but I’d like to try a somewhat different approach than I normally take, and discover first the characters who will be populating my fictional village before I start writing.
My hope is that I’ll have a nice batch of characters to draw from, and from there, I’ll be able to sit down on November 1 to that blank page, and find out whose stories I’ll be telling, and how they’ll all be related.
If you’re a writer, or have been thinking about writing a novel, I hope you’ll sign up for NaNoWriMo, too – I think it’s going to be so much fun this year, and even better, we’ll all have a first draft, or most of a first draft, when we’re done!