It’s been a hot second since I updated the old website. As anyone who follows along with my newsletter or catches a post from my sporadically updated social media accounts, you’re probably well aware by now that the keep in touch with my readers and fellow authors side of this business is something I’m pretty much a garbage human at.
That being said, I’m trying to get better. In fact, it’s one of my goals for the month ahead! As an indie author, I’m doing my best to learn how to balance it all, and now that my health is back on track (FINALLY FUCKING YAY) I feel like I have the mental energy to dedicate to branching out beyond just writing, publishing, and repeating.
As you probably heard by now (and are possibly sick of hearing about already) Nanowrimo 2019 is upon us. I have to admit, I’ve never successfully uploaded a manuscript by midnight on the 30th to get a win. I frequently write 50,000 words per month (and more. and throw a lot of them in the garbage, too!) but this year, I want to see it all the way through and actually ‘win.’
I’m not doing a typical start to finish Nanowrimo because that’s not going to work with my upcoming publishing schedule, but I am going to write a lot of words. 90,000 to be exact.
Some of them will be dedicated to finishing LAW – Indignant Few MC Book 3 and getting it off to the editor. This book is about 3/4 of the way done, and I am loving Law and Sage so much, I feel like they might end up getting a spinoff series of their own. For real. It’s exciting watching this book come together even though it’s so far outside of my comfort zone, and my process has completely derailed from the norm.
Another big chunk of the words will be dedicated to writing ROSEY – Indignant Few MC Book 4 which is set for a late December release. I actually am writing this side by side with Law and it seems to be seriously helping me stay consistent in terms of character traits and time frames. (Editor will be very proud, I hope!) Plus, it’s nice to project hop a little when the words just aren’t coming out.
If I finish those two tasks, I’m moving on to a super fun top secret project that’s going into a charity anthology affiliated with a book signing I’m doing this summer. More details on that in the near future. I’m excited to dive into this project because it’s going to be one of the smuttiest, raunchiest, off the wall, twistiest things I’ve ever touched. I’m all about leveling up in 2020, and this is going to be a little primer in that experience.
90,000 words. That’s my goal. 3k a day doesn’t sound so daunting on paper. It looks pretty nice in my planner. I also have a sister who’s due any day, a cousin who’s due any week, one of the busiest bar weeks of the year in terms of my day job, turkey to eat, Christmas decorations to put up, a charity fundraiser for our local library sprinkled somewhere in there, and of course, Law is actually being launched.
What could possibly go wrong?
You can follow along on my instagram if you want the play by play. I’m sure my mid-month meltdown is going to be a great one. If you like pictures of crying women eating whole ass cakes, I can assure you, that’s probably going to happen. For now, I’m optimistic, though.
Here’s to a strong month full of lots of wins for all my nano friends! If you’re playing along, add me as a buddy – I’m DejaV – and I’ll do my best to cheer you on as we write a whole novel in 30 days!
That’s all for now.
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