Monday, October 8, 2007

I'm jealous . . . but it's my own fault

I belong to a prolific group of authors. Every day on the list they tell all of us about their new releases, their anthology entries, their new covers. I on the other hand remain silent.

It is my own fault. Although I have many, many stories running around in my head and some of them already begun on paper or in my computer, I have only finished one manuscript so far. Fortunately, that manuscript got published (or I wouldn't be here now) and has sold more copies than I ever dreamed it would.

But I don't want to be a "one hit wonder." My problem is that I have not developed a writing regimen. In fact, I am not regimented about anything in my life. So, I have come up with a plan.

November is the NaNoWriMo challenge -- to write a whole novel, or about 50,000 words, in the month of November. No research, no editing, just WRITE. I sign up every year but needless to say, I never achieve anywhere near that goal. But this year the situation is quite different. I HAVE finished a manuscript and I AM published. I AM a writer! I WILL finish my Work In Progress, at least. And in the process, I will hopefully establish a routine that I can continue past the month of November.

Wish me luck! And by my next blog date, I should have my website up and running, and I will give you the link. Talk to you on October 24 -- when I will be another year older and hopefully, wiser.

Kate Poole


Carol A. Spradling said...

Hi Kate,

I thought I was the only person who felt that way.

Yes. You will finish.

Julia Buckley said...

Good luck with NaNoWriMo.

I finished it last year - it was 50,000 words of crap, but it served as a rough draft outline, so I was thrilled.

I'm sure you'll do it this year - roll on November!

Charlene Leatherman said...

Kate, I am joining NaNoWriMo as well - well I am if I can get signed on. The site is buggy still. I will see you in November as we write furiously.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Good luck, Kate!