A few announcements:
SourceBooks has partnered with LibraryThing to provide free downloads of a fantastic story that is currently outselling both Infidel and Reading Lolita In Tehran.
From October 27th – 31st, Dr. Qanta Ahmed’s memoir, In the Land of Invisible Women, will be available for download to any LibraryThing member (membership is free) and it will be followed up a week later (Nov. 10th) with two weeks of author chat—meaning that every week-night for two weeks, readers can post questions for Qanta on the LibraryThing website which she will then attempt to answer.
Here at Fumbling with Fiction, I’ll be giving away copies to a couple lucky commenters this week. As usual, each comment this week is an entry. Comment as much as you like in order for a chance to win!
It’s that time of year again. The leaves change. The smell of chimney smoke begins to fill the air. The air is crisp and the weather perfect for a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
So, naturally, you’re going to want to lock yourself indoors. Because, I mean, why enjoy the season when you could write a novel in a month instead?
Yep, Saturday heralds this year’s NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month.
Two years ago, I took the challenge and wrote my first novel during the month of November. That was my first “real” effort at becoming a writer. I never went back and edited that disastrous first draft, but I did print it out and placed it a binder on my shelf.
Exactly two years from that month, I have a fabulous agent and am preparing for my first book to go on submission.
Nano, if nothing else, showed me that, “Hey, I can string 50,000 words together” and, yanno what? That’s actually a pretty good lesson.
This year, I’ll be taking a more relaxed approach. Creative A and I will be co-authoring a YA sci-fi novel during the month of November. I’m pumped to refresh my creative juices and to start work on a new project.
More on why I’m excited to be collaborating tomorrow, but for now…Just in case you needed to justify your relative insanity…here are a few reasons to glue your butt to your swivel chair and get your Nano on this year.
Five Reasons You Need to Nano:
1. Your Jenny Craig diet forbids you from eating your weight in turkey and mashed potatoes. Why not release that aggression on your keyboard?
2. You’ve called yourself a writer for the past ten years, but have yet to write more than the occasional haiku and/or dirty limerick.
3. You type five words per minute. Yeah…unless you’re 7, it might be time to work on that.
4. The economy’s tanked and you’ve been left unemployed. Good news! Writing requires virtually no overhead.
5. You have very little respect for the editing process.
Status: Waiting…waiting…waiting…waiting…Did I mention I finished my script? Oh yeah! I finished. Up ’til 5 am on Sunday finishing the edits on SCOUT. Yeah….I’m not a night owl.