November is NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write a novel – or 50,000 words – in a one month span. Writing 50k in that amount of time means you don’t have the luxury of going over everything you’ve written over and over again. You have to keep moving forward. The idea is that at the end of the month you have a complete story to work with – and revise (because it WILL need revising!).
I never used to NaNo, then I discovered #1k1hr (which is 1000 words in 1 hour, generally in a group and done via twitter). With #1k1hr I focus a lot better and get so much more accomplished! The problem I find with NaNo is that, as a working writer, some days I simply can’t work on a new story because I get revisions or proofs or something else that has to be done that is all part of the job.
But I’m doing it this year (I did it last as well) and I’m a few days late (just handed in my last on Friday) getting going.
So far this morning I’ve written over 1500 words! That’s great! And I would have written more except I do keep getting distracted and spending time on Pinterest. Now bear in mind, it’s all in the name of research and FUN research too.
Because this is a Christmas book. And what makes it even BETTER is that there is a Christmas WEDDING.
So far I have my gents in tuxes with cowboy boots and four-in-hand ties. I have a lovely lacy wedding dress for the bride, gorgeous flowers, and beautiful centerpieces. I have a couple of cakes that I ADORE and chair covers and even wedding favours. Why is this all so very important? Well, my heroine is the event planner in charge of bringing all this together, and she’s also a bridesmaid. And the hero? He’s a groomsman.
I’m going to have to work very, very hard at pulling myself away from Pinterest and actually WRITING the book (I open with the heroine, Taylor, surveying the lineup of men in various tuxedo styles. Yum!). If you want to check out my Pinterest board, feel free! In the meantime, I’m at Eharlequin this month celebrating the release of my current Christmas book, SLEIGH RIDE WITH THE RANCHER with a special video message and also a fantastic Christmas cookie recipe!