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A Writer’s Plan: NaNoWriMo Nov. 2019

Every November thousands of writers decide to forgo their normal lives in order to write a novel in a month. Crazy, right? Probably. But, also inspirational and challenging. National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it’s referred to is a great way to get words written. One can let go of the infernal internal editor and just write. The manuscript can always be cleaned up afterward. But, hitting that goal of at least 50,000 words written in one month is exhilarating.

A crest topped with a viking's helmet. The four quadrants house a cup of coffee, computer, pens, and a printer. Text says NaNoWriMo

I’m participating again this year with a goal of 50K words. But, I’ll be writing two novellas and beginning the first book in a new series.

The first novella I’m working on is A Witchy Surprise in my new young adult cozy mystery series, Witches of Enchanted Bay (See – planning takes lots of work. Apparently, another author is already using this one. Why didn’t I check Amazon prior to clicking publish instead of after??? I’ll update when I figure out the new one!). It’s about a teen witch in a small town in the Piney Woods of East Texas. There will be festivals galore, quirky characters, and, of course,  lots of mysteries for our young heroine, Charlie, to solve.

The second novella is Severance (working title and subject to change) in my new young adult urban fantasy series, The Gemini Prophecy. The series is about twins separated as infants whose powers manifest once they meet. It’s like Charmed meets The Lying Game, so it’s darker than the other.

I’m still trying to decide which series to start first, but suspect by the time I finish the prequels above I’ll know which one is calling to me the most. I’m curious to know which one you’d most like to read first. Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be sharing cover reveals and excerpts in my Facebook Group first. We also talk about books, movies, TV shows and other things that interest us, if you’d like to join in. Just click on the link above, request to join, and respond to the questions. I try to get to requests on a daily basis. I hope to see you there!

If groups aren’t your thing, but you want to make sure you don’t miss out on my new releases sign up for my email list. You’ll get a FREE eBook as a welcome gift and you can unsubscribe at any time.

If you know a young person who likes to write, NaNoWriMo also has a program for those under 18.

NaNoWriMo Young Writer's Program, Viking helmet on turquoise and black background

Sarra Cannon, the author of the fantastic Shadow Demons series has a video about NaNoWriMo and why she feels like it’s a worthwhile pursuit on her Heart Breathings Channel. If you’re a writer or want some good info for your young writer, I’d highly recommend Sarra’s videos. They’re full of amazing content and she’s so motivating!

Well, that’s all I have for now! I hope you’ll join my Facebook group. I love hearing from you, so please comment below and let me know if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or which of my new series you’d like to read first.

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  • Tom

    Hi Rhonda. The NaNoWriMo is a great idea and I’d agree that for many writers the added daily pressure creates inspiration. I completed the first draft of Beyond The Law: Formation in the NaNoWriMo 2010 and I admit I was exhausted by the end. Did it work for me? Yes, it certainly did, finishing with a 56,000 word manuscript. It took two years to create the final version, but, of course, two years and four years later respectively I complete the second and third books in what became a trilogy.
    My most recent thriller ‘Codename: Nightshade’ is a spinoff from the BTL trilogy, which again shows what can happen if you try the NaNo.
    For some years I’ve maintained three WIP so I’ve never considered trying the NaNo again.
    If any of your visitors has yet to accept the challenge, I’d highly recommend it, and good luck to you with your efforts and your new series.
    BTW, your site is looking great. 🙂

    • Rhonda

      Thank you, Tom! I really enjoy NaNoWriMo. It pushes me which I need right now after the year I’ve had. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m so glad you stopped by. Good luck on your current WIPs. 🙂

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