Friday, October 14, 2011

NaNoWriMo... Let's Prepare (Pay it Forward)

NaNoWriMo is coming in less than twenty days and I can't believe how excited I am! Last year was the first year I did NaNoWriMo. To be honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. And now that I think back on it, I started my novel (which sparked me to write the rest of the story, start a blog, and become a writer) because of NaNoWriMo. Of course, I just started it to have some fun. I didn't know it was going to turn into an entire story.


Anyway, for the past few days I've been contemplating what to write for it. I've got tons and tons of ideas I could be using for NaNoWriMo but what the heck am I actually going to write for it? Starting a whole new novel is a little scary since I've only written one so far.


I'm considering writing my sequel. Because, the only reason I split my story into 2+ books is because the entire story in my head was too long. Not writing book two right away feels like stopping in the middle of drafting to me because the story isn't complete without the rest of it.


So because or despite your helpful advice, I'm just going to write what feels right. I'm going with book two. I know you're supposed to start a new book for it, so hopefully this isn't cheating. I'm still a little nervous though. Can I keep up with two parts of the same story at once? Will I be disappointed with the results? I guess we'll have to find out!


You're doing NaNoWriMo, right? What are your plans for the National November Novel Writing Month?


Have a great weekend!


--Jess


P.S.


I can't believe it, I almost forgot! If you haven't been there already, go check out David Powers King's blog because he's having a 400 followers celebration and is giving away books!


And,


I signed up for Matthew MacNish's Pay It Forward Blogfest just now and it's going all today so here are three recently discovered blogs:



  1. Lyla Lee
  2. Shannon O'Donnell
  3. Cortney Pearson

15 comments:

Elle Strauss said...

Hi Jessica. I usually do a revised version of Nano, where I work on what I want, but use the nano energy to pump it out.

I'm wondering, do you do reviews? I would love for you to review my YA rom/com time-travel novel, CLOCKWISE, about a teen time traveler who accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward.

Let me know if this sounds interesting to you. You can find out more about me and Clockwise at my blog, www.ellestraussbooks.blogspot.com

Thanks!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hi! Count me in as a new "Pay it Forward" follower! :-)

Laura said...

HI you - just to say you're one of my three -NaNo- well... I had a plot in the making and then came up with a completely new one last night and I reckon that's what I'll be writing :)
Lx

Anita Saxena said...

Found your blog via the blog fest and out of two hundred plus blogs I decided to visit yours first because you had skating as part of the title. My blog is called Anita's Edge and it's about: Writing. Skating. Laughter
So glad I found your blog. Best of luck with NaNoWriMo!

Melissa Sugar said...

Hi, I a visiting from the "pay it forward" blogfest. Your blog comes highly recommended & I am delighted to be a new follower.

I am up in the air about NaNoWrimo this year. I just finished my first book & it needs some beta readers before I begin the dreaded query process. I recently started my second book and I am not far enough into it to just let it simmer for an entire month, but too far into it for it to be a new book. I suppose I could try to finish it for NaNo, (now that really would be cheating wouldn't it).

Good luck. I will be back.
Melissa

lynnrush said...

HI!!! I found your blog from the Pay It Forward blogfest! Loved the part of your profile when you said, "Just because I'm fifteen doesn't mean I don't have anything to say. In fact, I've got TONS." That's freaking awesome!

Glad to know you. Have a super day!!!

Stephanie said...

As long as you write what feels right, you aren't cheating. I still haven't decided on my project, although I am leaning in a certain direction. I'm pretty seat of my pants, so I'll see how I feel on October 31st :-)

Arlee Bird said...

Paying it forward via Laura's blog. I've joined in on the last two NaNo's and finished both times. What a rewarding experience. I plan on it again this you, but only have a general idea of what I might write about. I like to wait to November 1 and start from there. Although this year I might start formulating a week or so ahead.

Now a follower.


Lee
Tossing It Out

cherie said...

I'm doing Nano this year, too, and it's going to be my first time!! We'll cheer each other on. ;)

Susan Gourley said...

Good luck with book#2. Nice to meet you through the blogfest. I teach high school so I know teenagers have lots to say and lots of good stuff too.

Jess said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Cherie~ Thanks for following and good luck! I will definitely be cheering you on!

Susan~ Oh wow that's cool! Thanks for following!

Jolene Perry said...

You are BRAVE for doing a sequel. They are NOT easy.

Also - nano's a blast! have fun!!

Lynda R Young said...

I did NaNo for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a great motivator. I'll be doing it again this year.

Libby said...

Good luck with Nano - do part two. It's all about getting the words down so write what you want. :)

Jess said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Libby~ Thanks and good luck to you too!

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