Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I decided to join the NaNoWriMo Madness this year!  Nerd Power!

Some selected blurb bits from their website...

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To give yourself permission to write without obsessing over quality.

In 2010, we had over 200,000 participants. More than 30,000 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever.

My plan is to jumpstart book two in the Children of Utrøst series.  I was tempted to start an unrelated book that has been knocking around in my brain, but I've determined that getting a rough draft of the second book out in the air is the best plan.

Here's what (I think) it's about...

Chase Johnson lost her twin brother in the battle to save Utrøst from the last rat of Hamelin.  The good guys may have won, but Chase is finding it impossible to embrace life without Charlie.  Even Henning, the bear whose voice once made her heart do weird fluttery things, can't reach her.  When Henning needs to return to his mysterious clan, Chase joins him against the wishes of her sister the queen. A road trip across a magical island is certain to be distracting and the secrets that Henning has been keeping may prove to be deadly.

We'll see if it turns out to be anything like this. It's the first time I've had any sort of plan so - who knows!

Any of my Write Campaign Buddies also doing NaNoWriMo? (How do the cool kids say it?  NaNo?  WriMo? Mo? Mary?) I would love to hear your plans and progress!

PS: For those of you who are thinking, "Seems like you may be distracting yourself from original unmet goals related to your first book. Hmmmmm? Haven't you been honking about that for the last 2 million years and now nothing? Hmmmmm? What's up with that? What about your pink sparklie self-prize?"

What's up: My query letter is written and being picked over by some helpful birdies.  My book has been fully reviewed and revised to my satisfaction.  I plan to have the query in the mail on Nov 1 one month after the goal and on the very day that NaNo starts! Hope I can still type with my new sparklie on my wrist!


Christine Rains said...

Another NaNo buddy! I'm so happy to see so many people participating this year. I've done it every year since 2003. It's a great creative rush. The community is fantastic. I'm Kalligenia on the site if you want to add me as a buddy. Good luck!

Sarah Pearson said...

This year is the first year I've been brave enough to sign up :-)

1000th.monkey said...

I'm signing up too, but since I'll be away a lot, I only technically have 18 days to write ;)

Kate Swenson said...

@Christine - I would love to be buddies I am swekate.

@Sara We're in the courage zone together!

@Monkey - You are bananas! :) I will be cheering for you.

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

I'm looking forward to NaNoWriMo!!! However, not sure if i want to continue with book three of my series or just open up to a new tale.....hmmmm. decisions, decisions!

Jennifer Groepl said...

Best of luck, Kate! I'm skipping it because I'm starting a very challenging job, but I wish all the participants great fun!

Blaire Kensley said...

Well come to the club! Woohoo! This is my first year also. Write on! \m/ I feel like all the first year folks should get a secret handshake or know, to make this legit and all. ;-)

Kate Swenson said...

@Ms Saba tried to buddy you on NaNo, but couldn't find you. I am swekate

@Jennifer - good luck on that top secret spy thing (did I guess right?)

@Blair - at my college all the freshman wore beenies, maybe we could start a newbie fashion trend!