I prepped for National Novel Writing Month. I knew my characters, plot points, twists and turns (though more revealed themselves as I wrote), the beginning/middle/end. In short, NaNoWriMo—bring it on! 50K words in 30 Days? Pshaw! I’m “winning” again this year.
I didn’t anticipate my own life’s plot points and twists and turns. The major plot point that is going to reenergize my professional writing.
I’ve talked about needing to sever my contracts with a former publisher. Then the search for a new home. Well, it happened. On November 2nd I contacted a publisher, and on November 3rd I was offered a contract. I signed the contract on the 7th and was off to the races.
My NaNo word count suffered. I blew through my banked words and instead racked up deficits because my focus was re-directed. I needed to spend my NaNo hours working on editing/revising a manuscript that can go through the production process.
Hard as it was to admit, I couldn’t accomplish the NaNo goal AND work on edits on a short time line. But, after talking to others and myself, I realized my priority has to be my career.
Getting the first book in my culinary series out is definitely more important than getting 50K done on book five this month. If the other books in the series are queued up, it will be a loooong time before the publisher is ready to see Tequila Mockingbird in the queue. I have time to finish that book. In fact, that might be next November’s project, to finish what I started this year.
So, it’s not New Year’s, but here is my resolution:
Turn in the best possible version I can of Pastabilities by the end of the month, and spend my NaNo-dedicated time to this project.
If I finish sooner than I think I will, I’ll get back to NaNoWriMo and Tequila Mockingbird gladly. But, if the past is prologue, ain’t gonna happen.
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