I had the fabulous experience of writing the first draft of my novel during NaNoWriMo. Wow, talk about pressure and motivation. But I found out something very interesting about myself-I need that. I need the deadline, the pressure, to feel that others are watching my progress. If not, I’ll just wait till tomorrow, clean the kitchen, make a martini…you get the picture.
Therefore, while shopping around BOOK ONE, I am now starting on BOOK TWO and embarking upon MyNoWriMo (My Novel Writing Month). NaNoWriMo is a great program, but why wait for it? Why not create one of your own when you need it? Learning discipline is the best part of NaNoWriMo, so why not carry that into your life?
I’ve developed a great continuation for the story that began in BOOK ONE and I’ve got 30 days, once again, to get this done (or 50K words at least). I’ll keep you up to date on my progress and I’m counting on all of you to keep me going. Last time I got up early every day since it was the best way for me to make sure it was done for every day. Sure, I was half asleep at times and my best friend was the coffee pot, but I felt great all day knowing I had taken care of my responsibility. I loved that I thought about the characters and story all day long-shopping,cleaning, writing, home schooling, planning, etc. It all involved my characters somehow-they followed me everywhere and ideas sparked and grew from all of it.
Why the hell are you writing BOOK TWO if you haven’t sold BOOK ONE, you may ask? Why not? So many have told me that selling a novel is even easier when you’ve got another in the works. More importantly, I need to keep the story going. I love these characters and I feel it’s my duty to keep them alive.
Join me in MyNoWriMo and let me know how you’re doing… Good luck!