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NaNoWriMo authors, I salute you!

JenniferLynne_DemonOfEnvy800I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, but I’m using the idea of it as inspiration to try and write every day during November. For me the most difficult aspect of writing is maintaining a schedule or some kind of regularity to the process. I wrote most of my last book, IMMORTAL SEDUCTION, in two weeks, and the one before that in a month, but between books I tend to get side-tracked with the day job, the teenagers, the family, the…ooh look, a shiny…

In other words, I’m an expert at letting “life” get in the way of writing.

Since IMMORTAL SEDUCTION released last August, I’ve written about 5,000 words on the next book in the series, DEMON OF ENVY. Much less than I’d hoped to achieve and quite a disappointment given the amount of time I’ve had available to write.

Yes, I’ve been procrastinating. Finding excuses along the way – my daughter needs me to be available for her end of year exams, my day job is going through an extra-busy phase near the end of contract, I need to find a new job once my contract runs out in December, a family member has been ill. All of these excuses are true, and yet, I know deep down that I could have found the time to write.

JenniferLynne_IceQueen_800pxI’ve come to the conclusion that I’m procrastinating so much because I’m scared. I am over-thinking everything, to the point where I wonder if I can really do this thing called writing. Yes, I have nine books out already, and yes, I’ve received many wonderful reviews and great reader feedback so far. But can I do it again for DEMON OF ENVY and ICE QUEEN, the final two books in the GODS OF LOVE series, or am I fooling myself?

It is time now to stop thinking and start doing. To turn off the internal editor, that doubting little voice inside, and the external world around me, and just write.

NaNoWriMo is giving me the much-needed excuse to do just that. To sit down and write every day. Not a lot of writing, admittedly, but then every little bit helps, doesn’t it? I’m aiming for 1K a day, and so far have achieved about half that. But it is more words than I had a few days ago, and this time next week I’ll have more words again.

As I prepare this blog post there are more than 280,000 writers all over the world with their bums glued to seats, writing officially as part of NaNoWriMo. Imagine how many words that will be by the end of this month!

I salute everyone in NaNo for giving it a go, and in their honour, I will give it a go, too, in my own little way.

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When Jennifer Lynne is not writing what her family and friends call “porn for chicks” and what she prefers to call “super-hot romance for intelligent readers”, she’s working in the day job, running around after two teenage daughters and trying to find time for her lovely new husband of one year. She is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press. Over the past 18 months she has embarked on an indie journey with the publication of her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing. Find out more at her website or connect on Facebook or Twitter.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

nanoAbout a month ago, I signed up for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. I then immediately wondered what the hell I’d done, whether I’d gone totally crazy. The challenge is to complete 50,000 words of a novel in a month. I knew already that my days would be reduced as I don’t work or write at weekends, which gave me twenty days. I worked out that would be 2,500 words a day, which is doable for me. Still, I panicked. At that point I had a vague idea and a bunch of research for a novel but had yet to sit down and actually start writing it.

So I started planning. I was still planning on the 31st October, so imagine my relief when I finally wrapped up all my planning on that evening, right down to the very last chapter, and the epilogue. The planning will take me way past the 50,000 words, but that’s fine by me. At least now I can work on the novel without worrying about how it’s going to end, because I’ve already sorted that bit out.

So once I’d gotten over the original panic and thinking myself crazy, I actually thought it was a damn good idea for me to sign up for NaNoWriMo. It made me get other projects out of the way beforehand, and shift my priorities so I could work on this book throughout November. It needs writing, I have to write it at some point, so why not use the challenge to spur myself along? I work well with challenges, with deadlines, so I’m pretty sure I can achieve the needed 2.5k a day. Then, at the end of November, I’ll have a big chunk of my novel. And, once I’ve got that far, my hate of things unfinished will make sure I continue writing until I finish the thing. Then, of course, come the revisions, the tweaks, the proofreading and sending out to beta readers. But I don’t mind, because I’ll then have another book to send to a publisher. And hopefully they’ll accept it *bites nails*

But that’s a long way off. I’ll just concentrate on writing the thing for now. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to it. My characters from The Persecution of the Wolves, Matthew and Isaac are waiting for me to carry on their story. I’m having fun so far, and the real action hasn’t really kicked in yet! 😉

So, whatever people think of NaNoWriMo, it’s working for me. I won’t be hitting send on a novel on the 1st December, of course, but I’ll be a huge step closer to that stage, and that’s what matters. I can’t finish another novel until I start one!

Want to keep a track on my progress or “buddy” me – my page is here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/creativewriter1985

Happy reading,

Lucy x

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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over eighty publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012, 2013 and 2014 and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

NaNoWriMo Word Rally!

Okay. Let’s talk word rally.

I need one. I need one like a needing thing what defines needing, because thanks to work and a lovely migraine that had me stretched out in a whimpering, whining mess for two days, I’ve written bugger all this past week. And while it’s HIGHLY unlikely I’m winning NaNoWriMo this year, I don’t see that as any reason to, you know, STOP. Just because I’m not going to come in first doesn’t mean I shouldn’t keep giving it my all.

But what that does mean is that I need to rally my ass off and get some words done. So here’s my challenge to all NaNoing (or not) Birdies and our readers playing the home game today: let’s see how many words you can get in the next 24 hours. Are you up to the challenge?

Some tips:

Close down that browser – The Internet is lovely. And helpful. And shiny. And fucking distracting. Stay away from the web. If you have to look things up and have a saved session (I’m looking at the mirror right now), use a different browser without any of the Tumblr, Twitter, Blogger, bits-n-bobs.

Step away from Twitter – See above. If you’re tweeting, you’re not writing.

Maximize your writing window – If you haven’t installed OmmWriter, I really do suggest it. It strips away distractions beautifully and if you can’t be reminded of the email you mean to check or the status you want to update, it’s easier to just concentrate on what matters.

Don’t look too closely at what you’ve written – When I’m writing, I tend to stare blankly at the center of my keyboard, or gaze off at the corner of the room while I type. Anything but looking at the monitor. If I look too closely at what I’m writing, the internal editor kicks in, and then my process comes crashing to a halt.

Write in company – This is the exception to the Twitter/Internet thing. Come find people on Twitter to keep you virtual company, to cheer you on while we all write like the wind. Use the #1k1hr, #wordsprint, #nanowrimo, and #amwriting tags to find more people.

Any more tips and trcks? Share them here! The one with most words gets… a really big pat on the back. And a virtual cookie. But then again, so does everyone, so that’s probably a shitty prize, huh?

Okay. I’ll be on the #1k1hr later today, checking in every hour or so. Let’s see if I can reign in my ADD long enough to do that NaNo thing, shall we? Let’s make this day ours, NaNovelists!


Liz Silver is an author and editor. Her newest release, Laced, is in Best Bondage Erotica 2012, from Cleis Press.