Wow, I almost typed “2015” there. I’ve been working hard planning my convention schedule for next year, so I have it stuck in my head that we’re already in 2015. I’m a few months ahead of myself though! Anyway, I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. What’s NaNoWriMo, you ask? National Novel Writing Month. It takes place worldwide every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s insane, but a lot of fun. It’s how the rough-rough-rough drafts of Divided and Burning Darkness came to life.
I didn’t participate last year, due to some stressful life events, and wasn’t sure if I’d be able to this year. But due to some more life events (getting ready to sell my house!!!) I’m behind where I wanted to be with Deceived, the third book in the Elena Ronen, PI series, so figured this was a good chance to get to it!
That does mean I’m going to be participating as a NaNo Rebel, though. Technically, you’re supposed to start from scratch with a brand new novel. You can have plan all you want, you can even have an outline, but you can’t have written a single word. NaNo is really just to give you the kick in the pants to write, though, and no one is really keeping track, so there are plenty of rebels.
I’m aiming to have the first draft of Deceived completed by November 20, and to have it in your hands in early 2015. Exact date to be announced later. I had a lot of people at Archon tell me how excited they were for it (thank you! It makes me feel great to know how eagerly you’re all awaiting my next book!) and now that the house is listed, and there’s not much left for me to do there, my evenings will be my own again.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Send me a buddy request if you want. My username there is jsights. Good luck if you are!