november goals

Wow. I can’t believe October is already over! My favorite month has been a whirlwind in every aspect of life. Here’s a little writing update and the airing of my November goals.

At the end of September, I sent off my requested materials to agents and editors I met at conference. I’m still in the thick of the waiting game and don’t have any expectations as to when–or if–I’ll hear back either way. But it doesn’t really feel like waiting when I’m having so much fun!

I’m taking a little break from my first manuscript before one final(ish) round of edits. Unless someone or something expedites that process, I think approaching it with a fresh eye will be the best thing in this situation.

In the meantime, manuscript two is ready for some much-needed TLC. While I’d love to do the traditional NaNoWriMo, I’m excited about finishing this project and will try to fast draft the remaining 40K-ish words as much as I can during November. My friend Carol says she’s sending her internal editor on a month-long trip to Bermuda for November, but mine apparently has attachment issues. I’ll report back on how this little experiment goes 🙂 Anyway, I’ve decided to change the first chapter to third person and see how I like it. First person has always been my thing, but I think my handsome hero’s POV would add a lot to this story.

In a surprising turn of events, I now have a third work-in-progress, a prequel to Take Heart. It came to me when I was reading my critique partner Anne Love’s manuscript and one of her minor characters really jumped off the page. So now, at the wise recommendation of my dear Kathleen, one of my side characters has her first three chapters written, the makings of a plot scribbled into a rough one-page summary. I kind of love it! But I’m going to be a good girl and finish at least the first draft of book two before I dig in to this. For now, this will be a work-in-waiting.

That’s all for November on the writing front! It’s going to be a busy one, but I’ll be back with plenty of updates.

What’s on your horizon for November? Are you doing NaNoWriMo?

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  • I’m planning to do NaNoWriMo–a first for me. I’m excited and quite honestly just decided last night what story to work on. So today I’m doing some rudimentary planning. (Once I’m done, I’ll resume the polishing and deepening of the story I’ve already completed–like you said, sometimes a little break is good.)

    • Yay! Good luck! Keep me updated on your progress 🙂

  • November…I’m hoping to get a significant amount done on the contemporary romance that I’m revising into third person and adding the hero’s POV to. I’m having fun with it so far!

    I’d also like to try to implement some writing tips I’ve learned, either from the ACFW conference recordings, or maybe from Dee Henderson’s website, which I’ve discovered has some awesome tips…

    Loved this post, Laurie! =

    • So, basically, we are doing the exact same thing this month! Wow!

      I will have to check Dee Henderson’s website. I’m sure that’s a goldmine of info!