Is this thing on?
What no microphone? Thank goodness. I always stand too close to those things. I get so excited when I talk about NaNoWriMo, I always wind up with that annoying reverb sound. I think it’s the mic anyway, not the amount of caffeine emanating from me as I attempt another NaNo.
What is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month comes every November. All around the world, writers vow to collect words until they hit 50,000, throwing aside all notions that tell them that they can’t. It is the brainchild of No Plot No Problem author Chris Baty. Each year the NaNoWriMo website and forum teem with writers hopeful to turn someday into today.
Anyone with an inkling they want to write a novel can join the NaNoWriMo brigade. It’s free, it’s fast, and it even has perks like a laptop loaner program, opportunities to print a personal copy of your novel, discounts of writing software, and a great reason to head out to your local community NaNo meeting and find likeminded writers in your area. If you’d prefer an online writing group, Romance Divas and Harlequin both host specialized groups in their forums during November.
For years I found something wrong with the stories I wrote, usually right around chapter four. I’d drop it like a hot potato, chasing after the next idea so I’d soon forget I meant to go back and finish. Until I signed up for National Novel Writers Month in 2004, and forced myself to muddle through that fourth chapter, following it with more chapters until Just One Spark had a beginning, middle and an end.
Drafting a novel in thirty days isn’t for everyone, but for those who’ve never finished a novel, the magic of a deadline does pull you across the finish line. And those writers who hope to write romance can benefit from the discipline. The draft that you have at the end of the month isn’t publishable, but it is fixable. As Nora Roberts once said, you can’t fix a blank page.
What are you waiting for? Don’t write a novel someday, write it this November.
About the Author
Jenna's first book, Just One Spark, was written through the NaNoWriMo experience. She liked it so much, she’s completed one every year since (except for last year, but she has a doctor’s note). She hasn’t decided if she’ll be spending next month with a cowboy or a billionaire. Oh, maybe both...
Firefighter Mason McNally has waited his whole life for a woman who stirs his soul. When he finds her, she’s nose-deep in a racy paperback, perched atop a vibrating washing machine.
Her beauty, boldness and raw sensuality definitely stir something in Mason. But there’s a problem. He’s forgotten he’s wearing a wedding ring.
Retail maven Hannah Daniels is focused on things she can control—like her career, her clothes and her romance novels. She works hard, dresses well and reads everywhere she can. Like at the laundromat. The fireman trying to strike up a conversation looks like a fantasy come true, until she see the ring on his left hand. She's lived that nightmare before.
No amount of hasty explanations that the ring is for his brother’s psychology experiment keeps her from disappearing. Now he’s consumed with finding her again to convince her that their spark of attraction can burn down that bad first impression.
This book lived a brief life in England, Australia, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Greece. This is its first North American incarnation.
Warning: Watch out for psychobabble, big-brother posturing and creepy exes. An imaginative, eavesdropping writing group and a stalker with a Hallmark obsession. Plus, a firefighter who serves waffles the morning after.