We have winners! Heather wins this week’s $10 gift certificate prize. A.M.K. and June M. both win copies of Naughty & Nice. I’ll be in touch by e-mail. Thanks, everyone, for playing along!
It’s Friday again, and somehow also November. Help! Time is speeding up!
I had a good week, knocking out another 15,000 words on my work-in-progress despite the gnawing in my gut as I followed Hurricane Sandy news with the rest of the world. It’s haunting to be in the midst of writing a novel set in New York City while seeing footage of the neighborhoods you’re writing about with no power, buried under several feet of water. But of course I’m grateful to have that sort of problem, and I spent much of the week counting my blessings.
That is, when I wasn’t freaking out about my book. Which I do a lot. It’s part of my writing process. Which reminds me — November is National Novel Writing Month! This is good news, because it means I’ll have a lot of company for the 45,000-ish words that remain to be drafted.
My Twitter feed has exploded with #nanowrimo tweets, many of them linked to posts extolling advice on how to draft a book. Can I tell you a secret? They make me twitchy. All writing advice makes me twitchy. Just knowing that people are out there, giving advice, makes me want to chew off my fingernails. I see advice, I read it, and I panic. Shit! My book doesn’t have [a plot / real conflict / passionate characters / the right number of words in it]! I am doomed. DOoooooOOOOMmmed!
So, yeah. I’m not going to give you any advice. But I will say, if you want to write a novel, write it. That’s all. Just write it. Don’t worry about getting it perfect because you won’t. You can’t. But just putting the words down on the paper might change your whole life. I wrote my first novel two years ago, and it certainly changed mine.
In other news, I have a book out on Monday! How did that happen? It’s not too late to preorder Naughty & Nice, thereby ensuring that your copy is delivered sometime early in the wee hours of Monday morning. Links are here!
There. *dusts off hands* My self-promotional moment is over, so we can turn to the giveaway question:
Did you ever want to write a novel? If so, have you tried? What was it about? Do you still want to? What’s stopping you?
Answer one or more of these questions in the comments for a shot at a $10 gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes — winner’s choice. Two runners-up will get a copy of Naughty & Nice on Monday morning. I’ll choose three random winners Saturday morning & send an e-mail to let you know, as well as announcing the winners here.