You’ve decided to participate in Nano. Great! What’s the first step, you ask? Sign up online here. No, really, I’ll wait. Now that you’ve done that, I’m sure you’re asking why. Because the people who signed up on the website will be a big part of your cheering section. Once, or twice a week, a different published author will post a pep talk, all of which are stored in the archive: Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, Diana Gabaldon, James Patterson, and Maggie Steifvater, to name just a few. If you have friends who are also participating in Nano, you can Friend them on the webpage, and cheer them on, challenge them to writing sprints (set a time to write and see who writes the most during the time allotted). The local group also hosts Write-Ins during NaNo (and throughout the year), and are very welcoming. And, if you are so inclined they have t-shirts, postcards, coffee mugs, and other assorted items to show the world that you write.
Leading up to Read Local, which will be held at Central Library on Saturday, November 4th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, I will be spotlighting different authors who will be attending the event. Take a peek at my question and answer session with Alanea…
1) Do you write your first draft by hand or type? I outline by hand, but I type my first draft.
2) Pantser or Plotter? I plot to give myself guide posts to ‘pants’ between.
3) Research- before or during? Both. I usually forget to look up something.
4) Favorite genre to write? Paranormal.
5) What inspired you to write? I have always been an avid reader, so the multitude of books I’ve read.
6) Is there a genre that you haven’t written in yet, but is something that interests you? Paranormal mystery. I love cozy mysteries.
7) Who is the author who has influence you the most? Tamora Pierce and Anne McCaffrey because they write/wrote such strong females.
8) Best piece of advice someone has given you? Write the book you want to read.
9) Who is your favorite author? Tamora Pierce.
10) What is your favorite book on writing/reference source? BehindTheName.com. It helps me choose character names.
Bonus Question: if you could go anywhere for a writer’s retreat, where would it be? A log cabin in the North Carolina mountains.
Thank you, Alanea! If you’d like to hear more, come to our Read Local 3 breakout session at 11:30 am where she will share her perspective on self-publishing. See you there!
Leading up to Read Local, which will be held at Central Library on Saturday, November 4th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, I will be spotlighting different authors who will be attending the event. The first is my good friend and fellow Chesapeake Romance Writers’ Member, Laura Kitchell. Take a peek at my question and answer session with Laura…
1) Do you write your first draft by hand or type? I handwrite my first draft.
2) Pantser or Plotter? I’m a plotser. I plot the main points of conflict my character will need to overcome and the story’s ending. Each scene, however, is driven by character and can surprise and delight me as much as the reader.
3) Research- before or during? For my historical romance, I spend nearly a full year in research before beginning the writing, and I will research aspects of lifestyle and/or placement of key historical figures during the writing. For my contemporary romance, research takes place during the writing.
4) Favorite genre to write? My first love in genre is historical. I also adore fantasy but haven’t done more than dabble. I have a major fantasy project planned, though I may not be able to write it until 2019 as I face a year of research before I can put pen to paper.
5) What inspired you to write? I have been writing since high school. I wrote my first novel in 1993 but didn’t begin earnest effort and growth toward publishing until 2004.
6) Is there a genre that you haven’t written in yet, but is something that interests you? I enjoy sci-fi. I haven’t written in this genre, but it interests me.
7) Who is the author who has influence you the most? I don’t know that I necessarily have an author I’ve read who has influenced me in my writing, but I’ve had a mentor in Judi McCoy (may she rest in peace). Judi taught me about the business of writing and dealing with industry professionals in a way that’s both effective and respectful.
8) Best piece of advice someone has given you? The best advice I have received is to view my books as products. As authors, we pour a piece of ourselves into our work, which makes our books personal to us. Many of us view our work as our children. From a professional standpoint, this can be detrimental. We’re more open to suggested improvements from editors and critique partners if we consider our writing a product that’s intended to be marketed and sold.
9) Who is your favorite author? I have a number of authors I enjoy reading. Cheryl Brooks, Madeline Hunter, and Olivia Cunning are only a few.
10) What is your favorite book on writing/reference source? Although many authors find them useful, books that offer tips on writing aren’t part of my library. I do, however, use a number of reference sources. I have a growing library of historical books and books on mythology/legend. My most used sources, though, are Roget’s Thesaurus and Merriam Webster’s Dictionary.
Thank you, Laura!
Looking for new books and new to you authors? Come to Read Local 3 at the Chesapeake Central Library on Saturday, November 4th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will have authors galore just waiting to talk to you about reading, writing, and publishing. The following authors will be attending: Alanea Alder, Allie Marie, Amy Marie, E. Ayers, E.W. Kirk, James Boyd, Jessica Ruddick, Kristine Overbrook, Laura Kitchell, Milton Jones, Nikolas Larum, Tanya Deloach, and Theresa Mackiewicz.
We will have two break-out sessions: the first at 11:30- Alanea Alder will talk about the pros and cons of self-publishing, and the second at 2:30- several of our authors will present a panel on how to get published.
So, you have a great idea, and now you want to put it on paper. What’s next? NaNoWriMo. November is National Novel Writing Month, the month when everywhere around the nation aspiring authors try to put their great idea to paper. Thirty days, 50,000 words, and a nation of writers cheering you on, giving you good advice, and sometimes sitting near you trying to get their own 50,000 words down on paper. My first piece of advice to you is: don’t worry if it is any good or even grammatical. That’s what editing is for. Just put it on paper. You can edit garbage, you can’t edit nothing.
The Chesapeake Public Library is hosting Write-ins around the city during the month of November. We offer support, we offer encouragement, and we offer a quiet room where you can get away from the stress of life and just work on getting those 50,000 words written. Want to try? Our write in schedule is:
GR Saturday 11/4 3-4:45
CC Monday 11/6 6:00– 8:00
CL Tuesday 11/7 6:00-7:30
RM Wed. 11/8 6:00-7:30
GR Thursday 11/9 6-7:45
SN Monday 11/13 6-7:30
CL Tuesday 11/14 6-7:30
IR Wednesday 11/15 6-7:30
GR Thursday 11/16 6-7:45
CC Sat. 11/18 10:00-2:00
GR Sunday 11/19 3-4:45
CL Tuesday 11/21 6-7:30
CL Tuesday 11/28 6-7:30
RM Wed. 11/29 5:30-7:30
Leave a comment if you’re planning to participate. Good Luck and Happy Writing!