1) It’s okay to not know what you’re doing. Really. You’ve read a lot of novels, so you’re completely up to the challenge of writing one. If you feel more comfortable outlining your story ahead of time, do it! But it’s also fine to just wing it. Write every day, and a book-worthy story will appear, even if you’re not sure what that story might be right now.
2) Do not edit as you go. Editing is for December and beyond. Think of November as an experiment in pure output. Even if it’s hard at first, leave ugly prose and poorly written passages on the page to be cleaned up later. Your inner editor will be very grumpy about this, but your inner editor is a nitpicky jerk who foolishly believes that it is possible to write a brilliant first draft if you write it slowly enough. It isn’t. Every book you’ve ever loved started out as a beautifully flawed first draft. In November, embrace imperfection and see where it takes you.
3) Tell everyone you know that you’re writing a novel in November. This will pay big dividends in Week Two, when the only thing keeping you from quitting is the fear of looking pathetic in front of all the people who’ve had to hear about your novel for the past month. Seriously. Email them now about your awesome new book. The looming specter of personal humiliation is a very reliable muse. (Hey, it's Valerie again -- This part is what I'm doing right now!)
3.5) There will be times you’ll want to quit during November. This is okay. Everyone who wins NaNoWriMo wanted to quit at some point in November. Stick it out. See it through. Week Two can be hard. Week Three is much better. Week Four will make you want to yodel. And we’re talking the good kind of yodeling here."
November 1, 2012:
I know this page is supposed to be all about the actual Orange World...and it will be, but first I want to tell you about a little Orange World project. I'm writing the first draft of the entire novel THIS MONTH as part of Nanowrimo -- National Novel Writing Month. I'll be keeping you posted on the progress along the way, and giving previews! I know what you're thinking...she's such a brave and valiant idiot. I say -- Woo! Lets go idiots!!!!
All you writers out there, young and old, I dare you to take the challenge with me! www.nanowrimo.org/
Here's Tips from Nanowrimo to Get You From 0 to 50K:
"Before you head off to train those typing fingers, we wanted to offer a few bits of advice. You’ll find many great tips in the forums, and we’ll be sending pep talks directly to your NaNoMail (your on-site inbox) during November. But for now, here’s a quick overview of the three-and-a-half things we wish we had known for our first NaNoWriMo:
December 8, 2012:
National Novel Writing Month is over and the Orange World is...halfway done.
At first I thought of this as a fail, but then I realized I got HALFWAY through a novel in ONE month! That's pretty sweet and I'm pretty proud :).
Today I'm headed out to Barnes and Noble at The Grove to present "Into the Red World" to, well, the world! But even as I do, I'm thinking about Orange and the many places we will go together :). Thanks NANOWRIMO, for getting me started on that adventure!
Stay tuned for more info about the Orange World. 2013's going to be a wild ride...in the wild west...(shhhh, spoilers!)
The Orange World
Say Hello to Javier Jones
I have been working like a madwoman on the Orange World and I wanted to share some tidbits with you! First, get a glimpse of the Orange World through my new Pinterest page!
Javier Jones is a fun-loving guy. He likes drinking honey flavored horchata, telling good jokes with friends, and creating as much mischief as he possibly can. As infamous as this last trait makes him at home, most of the townsfolk of Autumnstead love him as much as he loves them. Life on the frontier isn't easy, but he makes due with a pep in his step, a smirk on his face...and a mysterious glowing pyramid in his coat pocket.
Good old gamboge! I like the way it rolls off the tongue. Sounds like "gambol" which is to say that it sounds like runnin' or jumpin' playfully.
Definitely the trick or treating kind. With an emphasis on the trick.
Let's see. How about...
"Javier! Get in here right now before I crack your head open with this broom!" --Mama Jones.
Ah, the sound of a mother's threat after a long day of troublemaking. Just ain't home without it.
Well, I'd probably get a good kick where the sun don't shine if I didn't say roos. Not the Wild ones -- ugly fellas and grumpy as anything. But domestic kangaroos are sweet as a marigold.
Do you have any questions for Javier? Send a Facebook message or tweet my way!
I'm sure he'd be happy to answer :)
Trailer, Finishing Touches, and More!
This summer has been exciting for The Orange World Outlaw! I finished a draft to go out to editors in July and took August off from writing to recharge my batteries for the final edit. We just shot the book trailer and it's gonna be awesome!! Check out the pictures below:
In September I'm putting the finishing touches on the book itself, and taking pre-orders via my Kickstarter Campaign. If you sign up for a pre-order, you'll get sneak previews of the trailer, the Red audiobook, and more! On top of all that, my 27th birthday is in September -- what better way to say Happy Birthday than to pre-order Seven Spectral: The Orange World Outlaw :)
Things are coming together and I couldn't be more excited for Javier and his mysterious jester companion to jump off the page and into your imaginations!
Big News - The Orange World Outlaw is Here!
I am so proud and excited to bring you Seven Spectral: The Orange World Outlaw! It's been an incredible journey, and now you finally get to meet the second hero of Seven Spectral -- Javier Jones.
To celebrate, Javier will be posting a mini story over the next few weeks on twitter with the hashtag #OWJavier. So, keep an eye out for him!
Also, Into the Red World will be $0.99 in eBook form until Sun. Dec. 8th, so be sure to get it if you haven't already!
The print version of The Orange World Outlaw will also be out in time for the Dec. 15th Barnes & Noble Release Event where I will premiere the trailer!
Everyone, please enjoy the novel! :D
"A wild ride with enough fun, adventure, and mystery to keep you glued to your seat from start to finish. I'm spellbound."
-- International Bestselling Author, Sheri Fink