Shut Up and Write (10 Days to 20k, Day 1)

About six years ago, I heard about this thing called NaNoWriMo. Apparently you wrote a 50k novel in a month? I’d dabbled in story writing as a teenager, and always felt like I had a novel in me, but had never managed to get past one messily scrawled notebook.

I decided to give it a shot. I think I googled something like “how to write a novel”. Somewhere I read the famous recommendation–“Bum in Chair, Hands on Keyboard”. That sounded like good advice to me. I even called the filename to my NaNo story BICHOK, which felt clever acronym and also a good way to remind myself the only way to write that many words was to show up and do it.

I wrote 50k that year. It was nowhere near a novel, was out of sequence, and generally not very good. I also lost that file shortly after in a hard drive crash.  I mourned for a while. Someday I’ll rewrite it.

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10 Days to 20K

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Okay, now that the “oh my god, they’re going to publish me!!!” dust is settling, it’s time to buckle down and do some work. Here’s the deal:

The Red Creek Series

3 standalone m/m romance titles. Red Creek is a fictional small town somewhere in the American Northeast. Book 1 is done (or is in draft and is going to the publisher next week for editing). Book 2 is due by the end of the year. I’m currently about 30,000 words in. Your average romance novel is 60,000 to 80,000, so that sounds like I’m almost halfway, right?

Wrong.

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Plot Bunnies

So…there may have been some misadventures in the Temple household this evening. These misdaventures may have involved a microwave, an incinerated sweet potato, a distracted writer on a deadline, and the local fire department.

The end of the story is we’re all fine. Except the sweet potato. I don’t think he’ll be coming back from this.

The good news is I now have a really cute plot bunny hopping through my head. It involves a well meaning and somewhat overweight main character who, on a quest to eat healthier, learns the hard way that sweet potatoes should not be left in microwaves unattended. Fortunately, there is a hot firefighter there to help him learn this lesson safely. Love and general adorableness ensues.

Sounds like a true-to-life bestseller, no?

Sunday Run Down

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Actual photo of me, right now.   (but not really)

As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s been busy around here lately. True story, I got my first publishing offer on March 31, which was immediately followed by a flurry of agents, more publishers, emails written with shaking hands and, if we’re being honest, a certain amount of hurry up and wait.

I wrote a more concise post about how it all went down on Medium, and it was picked up by the good folks at Art + Marketing. If you’re a Medium user, I’d love it if you read it and leave me a little green heart.

Next steps? Well, we’re in uncharted territory now. I need to have a polished MS for The Pick Up to Riptide in two weeks. Then I have to have book 2 done by the end of the year! I picked that deadline myself. Brave or stupid, as my husband would say. There’s a lot of writing in my future.

I’ll be in Denver in October for the GRL Retreat. If you’re a m/m romance fan and planning on going, I’d love to see you! I’m going as a reader, not an author, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends 🙂