The Night Before NaNo…

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  • May 31, 2012

June 1 is the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo, round one, in which writers strive to complete 50,000 words of a novel–or a 50,000-word novel–within the space of one month. I have declared to many people my intention of competing, but I’m experiencing a certain, shall we say, concern that I may not actually be prepared to launch into book 3 of my Ash Grove trilogy of young adult paranormal romances. My outline is far from comprehensive.

But I love these characters, and want to give them their happy-ever-afters… or, more precisely, want to put them through further agonizing trials, force them to grow as people, make the hypothetical reader ache for them, and then give them their HEAs. It should be interesting to see how far I get with a still-imperfect outline. Last November I got 35,000 words of book 2 written, and only stopped when I ran out of outline; I was still pretty darn pleased with myself. Maybe this June I can top that.

Meanwhile, I am delighted with the progress Sea of Secrets is making in its sales figures. I want to thank all my wonderful readers for making May by far its most successful month yet! Maybe this time next year a companion gothic novel will be out in the world. As I look beyond NaNo, I think that is going to be my bigger goal. Wish me luck!

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4 Comments on The Night Before NaNo…

  • Ruby says:
    May 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I think it’s a great goal! Do you get points if the book has been in the works for a year now ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And congratulations on Sea of Secrets’ wonderful success!

    • Amanda says:
      June 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Ruby, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ And definitely, you can do NaNo as a continuation of a project already in the works–it’s what I did last year. In NaNo parlance, it’s being a rebel. Which, of course, makes it sound even more fun.

  • Dyann says:
    May 31, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I say just do as much as you can, or feel comfortable doing. I have a so-so outline, but it has a lot of gaps. I’ll try to write some possible outcomes tonight, however if nothing comes to me I’ll just skip to scenes already going in my head. Sometimes my characters do funny things on the fly. Might as well write them down. That’s part of the magic of NaNoWriMo! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

    P.S. You could throw caution to the wind and start writing a gothic sans outline ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Amanda says:
      June 1, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Dyann, you’re so right–pushing ahead past the road map is such a great way to generate new scenes, and I definitely plan to do that. And when I get stuck, I can take your advice and see how far I can get on a gothic (or, heck, several) without an outline!

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