Synchronicity forced me to read this book.
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?
Just read a great piece by Marion Zimmer Bradley about why stories get rejected. The key piece of advice is:
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.