The days are getting quite cold. We’ve started burning wood again, the kids are being forced to bring mittens to school, and there’s an eternal pot of broth simmering away in the crock pot.
Winter is almost here.
I’ve made up my mind that this year, I’m going to try and embrace winter like I did when I was a kid. Before worries of fuel costs, ice damming and fishtailing at intersections took away some of the magic of that twinkly white blanket on the earth.
Life’s too short to waste a minute complaining anyway, so you might as well find some joy in the snow flakes. Besides, as a writer, those snowy stormy evenings are really the best for story telling.
Anyway, where was I.
Right. November. Aka: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). 30 days, 50,000 words. A novel in one month.
For years, I’ve thought about hopping on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon. But I do work anywhere from 30-40 (or 80, who’s counting) hours a week and never thought it possible. But this year, I have several novels to finish anyway, and I’ve already given myself the end of November as a deadline for Teagan of Tomorrow, so what the heck.
You are considered a NaNoWriMo “winner” by completing your 50,000 word manuscript by November 30, or so I understand. (Haven’t had a lot of time to dig into the specifics.) I am writing a novel for children, so it will be somewhere in the 25,000-30,000 word count range. But if I can get a first draft done by December 1, you’re darn right I’ll be considering myself a winner! Considering I will be working on the launch of Elora of Stone, and edits to Into Coraira. Plus working those hours I mentioned earlier. And so on and so forth.
Really, I should probably wrap this post up because who has time for blogging? I have work to do! 🙂
PS: I’d love to hear about your NaNoWriMo project if you’re also participating!