NaNoWriMo

For those who haven’t heard of it, NaNoWriMo is ‘National November Writing Month’.  It challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.

I have considered doing it on several occasions and I sort of have done it once.  The problem always seems to be that I’m in the middle of a manuscript when it rolls around, or I’m working on a short story for Christmas or something.  This year I find myself busy doing some pretty heavy rewrites of my novel thanks to WordFalls excellent feedback.

The ‘sort of’ time I mentioned sadly doesn’t count, but I like to think it does.  I was writing my first draft of my novel and I was half-way through it when November rolled around.  At that point, I did go on to write 50K in November to finish my novel on the 28th, so that’s why I only ‘sort of’ count it.

I don’t know if I am going to do it this year.  I haven’t made up my mind (nor do I know what I’d write if I did).  What about you?  Are you going to do it?  If so, what are you going to write about?

Novel Rewrites

As some of you know, I finished writing a novel in 2010.  It’s an Urban Fantasy novel only without the Vampires and the Werewolves and instead focusing on different mythology.  I had a blast writing it and I somehow managed to write the entire 100+K novel in two months.

However, since I finished it, I’ve not been able to find an agent or publisher, which is disheartening but far from unusual.  For a long time I’ve been considering doing some major rewrites and edits, but man I hate that part of writing.  I can’t summon up the interest in tearing apart what I spent so long creating.

Recently though I have begun work with Jenn of Fallsintowriting under her editorial capacity from WordFalls.  It has been very eye-opening.  She’s really helped me hone my narrative and make things ‘pop’.  Every time I come away from a Skype session or she returns some meaningfully marked up chapters, I am energized.  She has given me back my enthusiasm, and I even feel excited about the rewriting process…something I never thought I would feel in a million years.

If you have a novel or short story you want some professional work on, I highly recommend her services.