November means it's NANOWRIMO - national novel writing month. I've participated in this event the last few years with varying amounts of success. I guess you could call 60,000+ words on a novel a pretty good average, although I haven't followed the precise prescription each time. The idea is that you write every day in November, vomit draft style, at the end of the month you then have a 50,000 word novel draft.
The book I started with NANO in 2013 is the one I've been working on since and I've made a good amount of progress, with the help of my writing group compadres Becky and Diana. Each of us are now in the process of beating our work into shape and plan to use the NANO month to drive us home to good final draft stages by year's end.
It's a heavy load, but we can do it! We'll play with the daily word count format to suit our needs -- some of us need to organize and position what we already have and fill in the "gaps" of our stories, so we will be working with our work, as it were, rather than sticking to a precise word county each day. We're also going to have some "write ins" together -- days we get together and write. We plan a grand sharing at the end of the month.
Wish us luck! And if you've a mind, check out the website and join in: nanowrimo.org
Some Favorite Quick Links
Available Now! The Love of Baseball. You can also buy Reflections on the New River from the publisher by clicking here.
Dig Mount Zion site
Here's the lowdown on the Mount Zion dig, sponsored by UNC Charlotte, which I worked on this past summer. Look interesting? Check out the site and you could find yourself down in a hole scraping two centuries old dirt right outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem.
Ashe County's Fabulous Literary Festival - On the Same Page
Here's info on the Festival and all it's splendid authors.
Check out Wildacres' website for more information on their wonderful programs.
Jim's excellent blog
Check out my friend Jim's the excellent blog by clicking here.
Blue Ridge Country Magazine guest column
Click here for my Blue Ridge Country Magazine guest column in their Nov/Dec issue.
See information about the Creative Non Fiction MFA program at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.