What is NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s this special time every November when thousands of authors attempt to write 50,000 words in a single month.
This will be my first year attempting this insane feat and I’ll be focusing on adding to book three, Out of the Ashes. I’m at a serious disadvantage since my focus will be split between writing Ashes and releasing In the Shadow of Thy Wings. So why am I doing this?
I’ve prayed a lot about whether to join in this year and finally decided to do it. While everyone’s goal is to reach 50,000 words for the month, my main focus is to give my next manuscript a big push while also enjoying the fellowship of other authors. I’ll have to keep my main focus on Shadow, but I hope to make some great progress with Ashes.
I can use your help! I’ll need to keep a special guard around my mind and my heart so that I don’t burn out or neglect my first duty — publishing Shadow. Prayer partners and a cheering section are essential! Anytime you think to pray for me, please do! Anytime you feel led to send a word of encourage, please don’t hesitate! You might not have thought about it before, but all authors have a common struggle when it comes to writing, but Christian authors have a steeper climb. Writing about the love and mercy of Christ will always bring additional hardships. The publishing/formatting phase is another uphill climb, so trust me when I say that I can use all the prayers and encouragement you can offer, both in the next month and at any time of the year.
During November, I’ll share an update right here you every Friday. I’ll update you on my publishing progress, word count, and any specific prayer needs or victories I have.
NaNoWriMo is a big event, and one should be properly prepared for it. I have an outline in place, character profiles, the opening scenes typed up (don’t worry, these don’t count for my word count for the month), a stockpile of favorite teas and healthy snacks, aspirin, a couple writing buddies, prayer partners, a completed pre-NaNo to-do list, and a comfortable chair. 😉
Most NaNo participants write seven days a week, but I’ll be following my normal schedule of six days and taking at least two days off Thanksgiving week. So I’ll need to write 12,500 words a week and approximately 2,100 words a day. That sounds very doable. That is, until I remember that I’ll also be editing, formatting, and advertising for Shadow. 😉 But I will not be discouraged. Every word for Ashes is one step closer to its release date, and TRUST ME, after you read Shadow, you’re going to BEG me for Ashes. If I can conquer NaNoWriMo, Ashes should be close to its halfway mark, so pray me up!!
I’ve decided to keep my weary heart from fainting, I would offer myself some goals and rewards along the way.
Goal 1 — 25,000 Words — $5 for Christian Fiction (Don’t worry, I’m a thrifty shopper 😉 )
Goal 2 — 35,000 Words — Writing time at Panera
Goal 3 — 40,000 Words — CD
Goal 4 — 45,000 Words — Civil War Journal
Goal 5 — 50,000 Words — Jane Austen Movie
Do I have any other friends joining the NaNoWriMo frenzy this year?