Monday, November 25, 2013

NaNoWriMo Check-In and Countdown

It's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and this is the first year that I've taken the challenge to write an entire book (50,000 words) in one month. I've always been in the middle of revising during the month of November, but this year I've been rockin' the NaNo! Man, it's been fun keeping up with all my writing peeps as to how they've been doing with this challenge. It's no joke, and not for the weak of heart, so I respect each and every one of you for doing it.

Here's how I'm doing on my NaNo project:
  • As of today, I have written 57,000 words on my new contemporary Young Adult novel entitled LEAVING KALLIE. *Disclaimer: I wrote 24,000 of these words in April, so I can't count them as part of NaNo, but that puts me at a clean 33,000 with six days to go. Yikes, why do they choose to do NaNo during November?!
  • This story has been super fun to write because it's set in France (where I lived for 18 months) and when I draft a scene about a small village street with cobblestone roads and scents of patisseries floating in the air, it's almost as good as buying a ticket and going there again for real.
  • Here's my pitch for the project: When 16 year old California-girl, Kallie Kalua is forced to move to France because her mother is engaged to one of the wealthiest vineyard owners in Europe, she is also forced to experience life in all together foreign way. A summer full of exploring castles, eating French pastries, and being courted by two French boys to die for, soon turns into a nightmare of lies, deceit and a murder mystery definitley-not-to-die-for. It's ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS meets DOWNTON ABBEY, if you like that kind of thing.
  • Two weekends ago I went to a writer's retreat in Park City where I knocked out 16,000 words in 2.5 days, and today I hosted a local "Writing Day" at my house where I blasted out 6,000 in one day. These kinds of meetups really help my productivity and I wish I could do it more often.
So what's up with all y'all? Doing NaNo? Revising instead? Do you secretly hate NaNo and it's stupid name?