Deadlines, meeting deadlines…and NaNoWriMo?

The last few months have been taken up travelling to America (twice), going to my sister’s wedding (also kind of twice, because she and Dr. T-shirt had a separate wedding and reception), and getting through my fourteen-page editorial letter for SHATTERED.  Let’s just  have a moment there.  Fourteen-page editorial letter.

Of course, it was fourteen pages only because my genius editor picked up on All The Things that were wrong with the book and wanted me to fix them.  All you future readers of it, be thankful for Navah Wolfe of Simon & Schuster, because if it weren’t for her you’d end up reading something that made a lot less sense.

Anyway, I sent the edited manuscript back to her a week ago today, and since then I’ve been footloose and deadline free.  Which has been really nice, you have no idea!  Since LINKED sold in June 2011, I’ve been deadline free for about two weeks, in between handing in the first draft of SHATTERED and getting the (fourteenpage, did you forget already?) editorial letter for it.  It’s awfully nice to have a weekend and think just “yay weekend” instead of “yay weekend, when can I get time to catch up on the three thousand words I didn’t manage during the week?”.

So it really doesn’t make much sense for me to now be contemplating NaNoWriMo.


…I do need to make a start on the next book

…and I do have a really fun idea for it

…and LINKED was my NaNo 2009 book, so it seems good-omen-y to start the next one I’d like Simon & Schuster to buy during NaNo 2012.

On the negative side, LINKED took a hell of a lot of editing before it was submission-ready – and that’s before I rewrote most of it according to my agent’s suggestions.  It’s a lot of fun doing NaNo, but for someone whose natural writing pace is about 1,000 words a day, forcing myself to write at NaNo speed doesn’t result in my best work at all.

Also, it’s not like I don’t have any other work on.  I have three manuscripts I’m currently editing for Samhain, plus my regular Samhain work, and a bathroom to decorate, and six million boxes standing in the kitchen waiting for me to sort out.  And cats, and daughters, and a husband who might like to occasionally see me without a laptop attached.

Also, at some point I’m going to get my next editorial letter for SHATTERED.  And although I hope and pray it won’t be fourteen pages, I’m pretty sure there’s still a significant amount of work to do on the book.

I am considering doing a kind of half NaNo, aiming for a respectable (for me) 25,000 words during November.  Quarter of the way through my next book, with words I can actually keep, is a lot more use to me than halfway through with a whole lot of rubbish.

Anyway, I’ve signed up at the NaNo site and I’ll be spending the next couple of days plotting out my book.  You can find me as “squimi”, so come and friend me if you like!

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