NaNoWriMo Is Back!


Who’s excited? I AM!

I love NaNoWriMo! The whole experience, thousands of people working on their novels at the same time, the atmosphere filled with love of writing, commitment, excitement, and sometimes even some friendly competition if you’re into something like this.

I’m doing it for the third time in a row and I will do my best to make it my third win. Actually, I’m planning to take things further this year and shoot for 60k, not 50k. My Past Me is shaking her head in disbelief, but my Present Me is very excited for the challenge. I know I can write that much. I’ve never done it, but I know I can, it’s just a matter of, well, actually doing it. And if I make it, next year I will shoot even higher. Because NaNo is special. And it makes me want to do crazy things.
(I actually blame Beyond 50k part of the NaNo forum. People there are amazing for my motivation!)

Are any of you doing NaNo? What are you going to write? Please tell me in the comments!

And if you’d like to check out my NaNo Prep posts from last year, here are the links:
NaNo Prep #0: Why Bother?
NaNo Prep #1: Outline or Flatline
NaNo Prep #2: Organize Your Life Beyond Writing

My Creative Goals for 2014

It seems like they are everywhere right now, aren’t they? Blog posts, articles, podcasts, videos, all about the new year and the opportunities it brings to us. I love to read/listen/watch them, to be honest, they add fuel to my hope and good attitude towards 2014. I like the fresh start of the new year, even if I know, intelectually, it’s nothing more than a number, and that most of the new year’s resolutions are not met later on. I don’t really care. I like it.

And in the spirit of that, I’ve been doing my own planning for 2014. I want to share with you my creative goals for the new year:

1) Finish writing the first novel in my DC Files universe.
Tentative date: end of January
Later in the year: edit and send it out

2) Write the first novel in the new series I’m figuring out right now, set at the fictional college campus.
Tentative date: end of May (it may be my Camp NaNo project in April, actually)
Later in the year: edit and send it out

3) Write and edit at least two short stories/novellas.

4) Write an unspecified-yet novel as my NaNoWriMo project.
Not-so-tentative date: November

5) Edit the second novel in the DC Files series.
Tentative date: it depends on what happens with the first novel in that series

That’s pretty much it, that’s what I want to achieve in terms of my creative plans this year. Well, okay, it would be great to write even more, but I don’t want to commit to too much and then fail. I will revisit that list around June or July and we will see if I can add something to it. For now, I already think I’m aiming high. I better get to work!

What are your goals for 2014? Share them in the comments or connect with me on Twitter. 🙂