Hi, y’all! Let’s dive right in and I’ll tell you a little bit about what I am currently working on.
Short blurb about what NaNoWriMo is. NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month.” It takes place only in November and it’s pretty straight forward – 1 month, 30 days, 50,000 words – Boom!
April and July, when Camp NaNoWriMo is held, are much more flexible. You can set your goals for whatever works best for you and that includes: words, hours, pages, etc.
The first time I did NaNo, I made it to almost 30,000 words. In April, I made a 50k word count goal and exceeded that by 17k words. This July (it isn’t over, yet) I made a goal of 60k words and broke that in the first week and a half. I still have more to work on, though I have entered the editing stage of my first draft right now.
I think NaNoWriMo is awesome. So awesome, in fact, I signed my two sons, ages 11 and 8, up for NaNoWriMo: Young Writer’s Program. Can I just say, they are loving it! It is so wonderful to watch your children have such a joy and passion for the written world at such a young age. I homeschool my children and we will definitely be incorporating NaNoWriMo: Young Writer’s Program into our upcoming school year, as well. This July Camp has been a great way to battle the summer boredom.
Also, when they complete their first drafts, I will be teaching them the world of editing and revising. After which, I will have their books printed out and bound, so they can enjoy the fruits of their labors and have their own book on their at home library shelf.
Big shout-outs to the entire community at NaNoWriMo for all the work they do year round to keep this non-profit organization going. I also want to mention their NaNoWordSprints page on Twitter. I highly suggest anyone involved in NaNo go check them out. It really helps to boost those word count goals and be encourage and inspired by other writers out there. They have amazing sprint leaders who run sprints every single day for hours at a time. In short, a word sprint is when you set a timer, in this case the leaders set the time for you, and you try to write as much as you can in that allotted time. Many times optional word prompts are provided. Personally, I have found these to be immensely helpful. Thank you, again, NaNo Community! You make these first draft days easier, bearable, fun, and actually, possible.
Okay, so what projects am I currently working on?
Last November, I started a book called Losing Neverland. I loved writing it. It is a very adult version of Peter Pan, so I would suggest dispelling all notions of Disney’s version, because it will throw you off completely if you see my characters in that light. I’ll keep it PG for sharing and post an excerpt soon.
I also discovered a lot in the world of copyright laws during that time. I wanted to make sure I was and am doing everything by the book. J.M. Barrie created a beautiful world and I loved writing what I was inspired from it. But there are still laws and I would like to follow those. Briefly, everything before 1920 is fair game. You can write whatever you want, sequels, prequels, spin-offs, the works. Post 1920, copyright laws come into play. Here’s where it gets a little muddy with anything Peter Pan related. J.M. Barrie, wise old soul was he, sold the rights to his book to Great Ormond Street Hospital, so they could continue to receive royalties even after his death (pretty cool, right?). A bit confusing though for a writer working on any Peter Pan related works. Best that I can gather, having not heard back from Great Ormond Street Hospital themselves, is that it’s okay to write spin-offs, prequels, sequels, etc. But there is still one standing copyright out there for Peter Pan, the play, which has all the Peter Pan-y goodness in it, too, and it’s copyright doesn’t expire until 2023. You can read more about the Peter Pan copyright laws here. Needless to say, Losing Neverland, this work of mine that I thoroughly loved writing, is sitting on the back burner, for now. I have completed majority of the first draft for it, much of which I finished out during this April’s Camp NaNoWriMo.
My current project is called The Rendin Chronicles (working title). It is a fantasy novel that started off with the idea of being a sci-fi novel, but has evolved differently since then.
I got the idea for that book over a year ago and had started playing around with it, writing a little bit here and there. I delved much more deeply into it at the end of April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. This month of July, I really got into it and have turned it into at least a three part series. In short, it’s a book of betrayal, of love, of loss and it’s sprinkled with some lovely elements of dragons and magic.
I’ll post some experts later on when I have some more polished up pieces. Currently, I am working on my first round of edits. I have rewritten the first scene over five times, not the first chapter, the. first. scene. But I think I have a very direct focus that will really grab the readers attention, at least, I hope I do.
A couple more shout-outs!
Thank you to Lara Ferrari for all of the great writing tips, advice, and encouragement. Check out her Twitter page and Instagram stories for some excellent advice on the writing process. You have questions, she has answers!
Thank you to Susan Dennard, whom I heard about from Lara Ferrari, great recommendation. Susan has an immense website filled with writing tips, advice, lessons, etc. I am currently utilizing her PDFs and lessons on revising as I go through my current novel for the first time. Her process is a great help and definitely keeps your work organized. So, thank you, Susan! Check out her page specifically for writers, here. She is the author of the Something Strange & Deadly Series and The Witchland Series, both series of which I am now very interested in reading!
There you have it. Those are the two current writing projects I have going on, Losing Neverland and The Rendin Chronicles. I do have other ideas on the back burner right now, but I am taking this process baby steps at a time. Editing is a brand new world for me and it’s a BIG world. I also just finished up some painting projects a couple of weeks ago. Head over to my Fine Arts section to check those out, soon. Haven’t posted those, yet. I need to gather up some project photos and will post on there shortly.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email, comment, Tweet, message, or Gram(IG) me. Signing off, for now.