Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Well, I'm gonna have a go at writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I've signed up for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). My participant icon is SUPPOSED to be on here - I tried to upload it. We'll see if it "took" or not!! Oh, and I joined the Dayton NaNoWriMo group - I'll try to get to their meetings. It will be nice to have a face-to-face writing group to meet with regularly - I think! (Never having been part of one, I have no idea if it will be helpful or just give me more to be confused about! :))

Meanwhile, I'm busy re-editing and polihsing my novel, working on a new query letter to go to a new set of agents (8 rejections out of 11 queries so far - time to move on to the next ones on the list). I'm not discouraged - I know I aimed high (I queried the best-known fantasy agencies who were looking for new authors. Now it's time to move down a tier, I guess. I didn't really expect any of these guys to take me on, but hope does spring eternal and all that!)

I have several ideas rattling around in my head for the NaNoWriMo project. I have no clue which one will be the one I work on, but at least I have more than one idea -- if one doesn't work out, I can do another!

New writing boards I'm enjoying: Notebored.com, LibertyHallWriters.org. I'm also enjoying the Context-19 writer's workshops message boards and reading assignments (the scripts we have in our reading list are awesome! "Braveheart," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Princess Bride" and "Superman" are the ones I've chosen to read of the list offered. These are early drafts of each script, I believe. It's amazing to read them and know how different each one became from its early draft. I'm looking forward to Context this weekend!


  1. Hey, lady! I'm doing NaNo too, a juvenile fantasy my daughter and I brainstormed together. I only have one book under my belt, so I don't know if I'll be able to finish, but I think 50,000 words will be a good amount for a juvie book. I'm nervous about it, even though I'm only accountable to myself.

    I'm going to add you to my feed reader so I can keep up with you easier. Have a great day!


  2. I'm not NERVOUS about it, but I have no idea yet what I'm going to write. I'm having to rewrite my entire novel due to things I learned at Context and from online crits that I FINALLY understand, so that's keeping my brain so preoccupied, I don't know what I'm gonna do for NaNo yet. I had a juvie thing in mind too - dunno if I'll go with that or not.

    I did learn at Context that a novel with male protagonists, like "Star Sons," should be an easy and good sell in the YA market. I hadn't considered going that way, but who knows. Hmm, I should put this in a blog post. . . .

    Nice to hear from you!