NaNoWriMo is upon us!

Happy Wednesday TWPeeps! This week has been a whirlwind of activity. We had a large community outreach at my church on Saturday that took up a lot of my time last week getting ready for it. It was a great event, I just love helping people! Then of course there was Trick-or-Treating Saturday evening. My legs were pretty much done by the end of the night. Which then brought me to Sunday, November 1st.

Most of my writer friends will know what November 1st means! For those who don’t know, November 1st marks the beginning of NaNoWriMo. Which is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an organization created to help writers write a novel (50,000 words) in one month. I participated last year and finished my first novel The Seeker Initiative. It’s still my baby that I’m still querying. I haven’t given up hope on her yet!

Since last year went so well, I thought I’d give it a try again this year. I wasn’t sure what to work on this time since I have sequels (it’s going to be a whole series) planned for Seeker Initiative but I also have my sequel to The Maladroit going now. For a while I thought I would just work on my Maladroit follow up since I have more of it written and I was feeling stuck on Treasure Seeker (the title of my second Seeker book).

I’ve been up against a mental wall for Treasure Seeker for almost a year. I tried writing it after I finished S.I. but just wasn’t able to get past the first scene I had written. That’s when I started writing The Maladroit and it was so much easier writing that so I set T.S. aside. I hadn’t been able to pick it back up since then, though I tried a couple times. So I was set to start writing my Maladroit sequel for NaNoWriMo when I came up with a completely different opening scene for T.S. and it got me excited to start writing it again.

I think sometimes we’re so scared to let go of something we’ve written that we may miss out on something even better. So don’t be scared to try new things, especially if you’re feeling stuck. Find a scene that makes you excited about the project and focus on that. Then find another scene that gets your juices going. Pretty soon you’ve got most of the book written without the struggle. I think those kinds of books are the best ones to read too. If the writer is excited about writing it, then there’s a good chance the reader will be excited to read it.

So I’ve been working on Treasure Seeker. If you’re doing NaNo, be sure to add me as a buddy, I’m thewritingpiazza on there too and I love connecting with new buddies! If you’d like to form a “hangout” for NaNo on google let me know and I’ll set one up. I know I’ve got some questions and ideas I’d love to bounce off people for my second Seeker book.

That pretty much sums up my week. Psych! There’s one more big piece of news I have for you that I’m sure you’ve all been waiting forever to hear. I FINALLY got my ISBNs! Waaaahooooo!!!! It took forever but they are now in my possession so I can take the next steps in getting The Maladroit out there to the public. The final steps being, formatting the book, getting a cover made, and launching my book! It’s so close I can almost taste it. If you’d like to be a part of my book launch, shoot me an email (thewritingpiazza@gmail.com) or comment below.

I hope the rest of your week is amazing!

Until we meet again.

  • I’ve recruited one person so far for the Launch Team! She said she’d email you. I hope you’ve gotten it! I vaguely remember hearing about NaNoWriMo last year, or maybe the year before. Is there a site you have to go on to do it or something? I’d love to participate! Also, congrats on the ISBNs! 🙂

    Jess

    • Kara

      I don’t think I’ve gotten an email from her unless she’s the one I spoke to on instagram first? Email me her name so I can keep an eye out for it so I know to add her to your team. Only four more and you’ll get a gift card! And NaNo is a website, you just sign up there. Nanowrimo.org if you have any questions let me know, it seems a bit overwhelming at first but it’s fun once you get the hang of it.

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