Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Starting Over and, Maybe...NaNoWriMo?

The manuscript is gone. Characters I've spent every waking moment with for the last year are enjoying their HEA. Now it's time to move on to my next set of victims, er, characters.

I spent the weekend basking in the glow of completion and ticking things off my list that I had procrastinated on for far too long. The house is clean. There's yummy food in the fridge and pantry. But there was one last task.

My office.

It's amazing how quick my office gets cluttered. I set down one paper and before I know it, there's an entire stack of papers--notes, random pages of my manuscript, bill-pay confirmations, school letters, etc.

Now, that monster has been tamed. At least for now. That means...


Ah, yes. The heart-pounding anticipation of new-story-love. Today I will delve into the world of my characters, getting to know who they are, what drives them, and the secrets they hide. This process may take me a couple of weeks. I'm using Susan May Warren's Book Buddy this go-round. And who knows, I might even take a crack at NaNoWriMo.

Have you ever done NaNoWriMo? Did you like it or feel like you were being tortured? The most I've ever done is 25K words in one month, so the thought of 50K has me wondering if I won't just be setting myself up for failure. Especially with the holidays sneaking up on us.

So if you've done NaNoWriMo before, give me your thoughts. If you've thought about participating, what's driving you/holding you back?

Happy Tuesday, y'all.


  1. I <3 NaNo! This will be my 6th year - I've 'won' all 5. But that's how I write anyway. My internal editor sees me open a blank file and she takes off for the Caymans until the first draft is done. I scare her ;).

  2. Man, Carol, I wish I could do that with my internal editor. I think maybe I feed her too well. I practically have to pay her to leave. Maybe I should fire her. Nah, she'd never go for it.

    Six years, huh? That's almost crazy :-)

  3. Hehe. It gives new meaning to the words "rough draft". :)

  4. Mindy, you're doing my favorite part!! I love starting a fresh story idea!

    I've never done Nanowrimo. But I do one week pushes on the FHL finish the book loop.