November was NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writers Month. It is a month-long event for writers who commit to writing 50,000 words in the span of thirty days. Yours truly didn’t join with the thousands of other writers in writing 1600 plus words a day. I was actively editing the third book in the MacLellan Trilogy.
My critique partner, Suzanne Denny, was also hard at work on her soon to be released novel, Burned. We decided there was zero time to crank out an additional book while under the pressure of editing. We talked about doing our own NaNoWriMo in January. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. The holidays are over, the days are cold and dreary and what else is there to do other than spend time, watching movies, reading or write a book. So, I’ve decided for January I’m going to write the first book in the Crystal Lake Winery series.
In preparation of writing Jack and Peyton’s love story I’ve focused on doing my version of an outline. Now, I’m more of a pantser, this is a writer who doesn’t have a plan on how they’re going to write the book, just an overall idea and they, aka me, let the characters take me where they want to go. So, I’ve ‘sort of’ planned out five books for the new series. My legal pad is laying on the coffee table and every few days I take five to ten minutes and jot down an idea or several of them. On Monday, I started to outline Tessa’s story. You may remember her from Ready to Soar, she is the marketing VP of Crystal Lake Winery and she’s a bit up tight, but underneath her business demeanor she is very loveable.
I know you’re probably wondering what I am doing for the month of December – am I writing or goofing off. Although you haven’t seen a new novel released in the last 12 months I’ve written and edited three books. Which holding down a full-time job and being an active participant in our home and family life has been an interesting juggling act. But I’ve loved every minute of my hectic life. I don’t know if I can commit to writing three books in 2019 but I will be actively working on the new series.
Lastly, I’ve decided to make a change: I will be discontinuing my weekly blog in favor of publishing a newsletter every eight weeks. This will free up some writing time during the week and the newsletter will give you more in depth and behind the scenes look at what is going on in both the office and our household. I promise to share stories of kids, grandkids and pups along with the garden and what’s cooking in the kitchen.
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