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It’s NaNoWriMo Time!


Every writer is different and each one has a unique process that works for them.  This post is about my process.  I’ve completed three novels over the past six years and with each one, I naturally fell into a routine that worked well for me.  I usually start working on a novel at the beginning of the year in January and I have the bulk of it completed by late August.  From September to November, I edit and polish it.  By Thanksgiving, the manuscript is in the hands of my close circle of friends/family who give me their impressions.  From Thanksgiving until New Year’s, I take a much needed break from writing/editing and devote my time to preparing for the holidays, holiday shopping, my kids’ birthdays and all of the 1001 things I tend to put off during the year while I’m immersed in writing.

But this year was different:  I spent the first half of the year preparing my novel, Luminous for publication and editing it over and over, countless times.  I was also working with my graphic designer on the cover, going through the self-publishing process for the first time, establishing an online presence in the form of my website and social media sites, promoting the book at a local convention and a myriad of other tasks to establish my marketing platform.  My head is still spinning!  Since the Luminous ebook was released in mid-August, I’ve been feverishly researching promotion avenues as well as preparing the paperback for release.  Still, the best thing an author can do to promote their first novel is to write another one and publish the polished, edited, shining example of your work as quickly as possible.  With that in mind, I’m feeling pretty comfortable since I have the sequel, Prism, completed and waiting for the final polish for ebook publication.  The book that has me a little nervous is the third novel in the series because I refuse to publish the sequel until I have a decent, completed draft of the third book waiting in the wings.

With that said, National Novel Writing Month is November.  How fortuitous!  By accepting the challenge of NaNoWriMo to write 50,000 words in 30 days, I’ll be giving myself the best Christmas gift this year–peace of mind knowing that my third novel in the Psyne series is completed and that I can proceed with publishing the sequel on schedule for release in May 2014.  Since I’ve been spoiled with writing my novels over a 10 month period of time in the past, this will be quite the challenge for me but I thrive under structure and I’m hoping this is just the boost I need to focus so I can complete my third novel.  It’s time to leave my past behind.  I’m not merely a writer aspiring to publish anymore.  Now I’m a published author with fans to think of and I need to supply them with what I know best–my Psyne!  I’ll keep you posted on my progress come November and I wish all the best to my fellow WriMos!  May the Muse be with you!

Author: Jasmine Angell

I'm an Arizona native living in Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm the author of the YA fantasy novels, The Psyne Series, and on a daily basis I juggle the creative life with a happily energetic family life. I love reading, dancing, snowboarding, and planning Victorian tea parties. I'm obsessed with all things Steampunk and I'm certifiably horse crazy.

6 thoughts on “It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

  1. Good luck!! I’m starting a new novel for NaNo too. I can’t believe it starts on Friday! I’m not ready!!!:)

    • I don’t feel ready either! I kind of feel like I’m at the base of the Himalayas and I’m planning on reaching the top without oxygen tanks or guides! It’s good to know other writers who are challenging themselves in this way. I’ll be sure to send you encouragement along the way! I’m hoping to have my outline completed by Friday so I can keep on track better. 🙂

  2. Have fun with Nano. I did it last year and although I achieved the goal of 50,000 for the month, it was SOOO stressful! My family hated it and made me promise not to do it again. It did get me to commit to writing every day though, so something good came from it!

    • Hi Heidi! Thanks for sharing your experience. Way to go, reaching the 50,000 mark! That’s incredible! We’ll have to see, my family may end up hating it as much as yours did. I’m glad something good came from it at least. 🙂 I’m going to try for 50,000 but even if I hit half of that, that’s 25,000 words closer to the completion of my novel that I didn’t have before I started and that’s a good consolation prize in my book. I’m hopeful, but realistic. Raising two toddlers at home takes up a great deal of my energy. 🙂

  3. I admire anyone who tackles NaNo. The whole thing intimidates me to no end. Best of luck to you, Jasmine! I look forward to hearing how it goes for you! 🙂

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