As I have mentioned before, I have had the pleasure of rubbing elbows with some very talented self-published authors. One such author, and a pal of mine, is J.N. Race, author of The Lost Remnant (find it on amazon.com). I Invited her to write a few guest posts for me. Enjoy her words of wisdom:
I want to start this post by saying thanks to my good buddy, Lady Ashmo for inviting me to do a guest post or two on her blog. What an honor! It’s officially National Novel Writing Month, also affectionately referred to as #NaNoWriMo by several hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic people across the country. What started out as a concept is pretty much now “a thing” in 2014 speak. In their own words:
“National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.”
In a nutshell, it’s a place where procrastinating pigeons cocoon up until they emerge as published phoenixes. Ok not all of them publish. Many go on to become manuscript-toting ocelots. The point is, however, that it takes guts to write a novel and NaNoWriMo provides that much-needed boost!
I love the smell of writing a novel in the morning…
Having just launched The Lost Remnant in July, I will be taking a different approach to November. Rather than attempt to crank out the second story in the Pieces of Eden series, I have elected to draft out the entire outline for the novel which is a lengthy process in itself. I would hoist up a pic of my chicken scratch notes as evidence, but I’ll just leave it to your imagination instead.
That doesn’t stop me from getting in on all the fun. If you’re a Twitter-bird, then you’ll be in hashtag heaven as the #NanoWriMo’ers dominate the field. It’s a great way to connect with other people in the same boat as you and that makes for a much more fun journey.
What to do when it’s not National November Writing Month…
The main office of NaNoWriMo does more than just occupy space 11 months out of the year. Through its efforts, several in-person meetups and write-ins are held throughout the year. Many of them take place in libraries, coffee shops, and other headquarters of the willing who support the cause. Sign-up is free on the website. So if you’re social and you’re looking for yet another writing group, this could be your next big opportunity for friendship and beta-reading glory.
You can ALWAYS donate year round as NaNoWriMo is officially a 501(c)(3) organization. Yep, that’s right! All you self-pubbers like me who need a little tax break. You can help a good cause and help yourself in the process. In the meantime, it’s still November! You have plenty of time to get going on your masterpiece.
What are you working on?