NaNoWriMo and the Query Challenge

Anima__Dinah_the_fallen_Angel_by_Wen_MIt’s that time of year again, boys and girls, to take up the National Novel  Writing Month escapade. And for the first time, I will be doing “it.”

But with my own twist.

I’ve designed my own Query Challenge, actually started a few days ago.

Goal: Submit one query a day, and log my time, and my success of this step.

If you’d like to join with me, post about your success on my Facbook Page.

And, yes, this Query Challenge was inspired by the frenzy that is NaNoWriMo, and by the startling decision I’ve made to set aside one novel that isn’t going anywhere, to focus on another novel that excites me!

So, for the month of November, my goal will be to write 50,000 words, like all the other NaNo bunnies out there. But, with a big difference.

I’m giving myself permission to write back story for this novel. (Identity = Top Secret.)

I give myself permission to write partial scenes.

I give myself permission to write whatever I want, as long as the focus is novel writing.

My goal is to trot along at a fast pace to remind myself that I CAN do this, that just because books 4 and 5 of my novels choked, crashed and burned, that I love doing this. That just because I constantly ask myself, “What is my book about?” doesn’t mean I’m going to fail. It just means that I need to constantly ask myself that question until it’s crystallized in my bones. And even then, I can give myself permission to change my mind, and write a completely new and different novel.

So, my NaNo writing friends, see you in NaNo land!

And for those of you who want to join me on the Query Challenge, just drop me a note!

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  • Beth, you are my hero! I don’t have 50,000 words yet but I feel I have created a daunting challenge to myself. Write four books in a two year span. My two years are almost up.

    Time to change the game plan. I love your challenge to yourself, the desire to commit and the take no prisoners attitude regarding your own writing. Kudos to you!

    I hope I will get to where you are one day. 🙂

  • Beth Barany says:

    Lizzie, you’re so sweet! I’m sure you’ll get to where I am one day. I was actually once where you were! I’m so curious… how are you changing your game plan? All my best!

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