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Three Things Thursday

Didn’t I just write on Tuesday?

Okay, so November 1 is just six days away (if you count today). Are you prepared to play the NaNoWriMo game with us? If so, make sure you let us know so we expect you at the party afterwards. Also, please post your writing goals. If you do the posting, you may feel more like writing on days when you don’t feel like writing. Why? Because the thirty of us know what you’re doing or not doing. If you don’t post, make sure you put your goal up several places at your home. And don’t be afraid to try. Last year I fell behind on day one and quit on day two. There’s something lovely about quitting so soon. I’m just saying. Below are some suggestions to help you get prepared for next week.

! Write a detailed letter to your character.
@ Receive a detailed letter from your character.
# Set your NaNWriMo goals.
$ My goal right now is 2273 words per day because I’m hoping for weekends off.
However, we have a big change coming in our family and so maybe this isn’t be best thing. I’ll see the first days of the month. I’m thinking, in advance, of ways to be more flexible. I’m also thinking, DON’T GET BEHIND. That is a good way to fail.

Guess what? THE GRAVEYARD BOOK is getting a new cover–one for adults. Have you read the book? I’ve just read a few pages so I can’t see this being an adult novel, but what do you think? This made-for-adults cover looks great, that’s for sure.

I have an idea for an adult book. I know the beginning (ish) and the end (for sure). I know nothing of the middle except all the sex scenes. Okay-I’m kidding. That was a sex joke and we have one once a year on this blog.
I’m scared of this idea. Not the-no-sex-scenes idea. I’m scared of the adult-novel-thing. Because what if it twists me this way and that the way the DD did (And BTW, Ann Dee is confused by the DD and that makes me sick and I could hardly look at her as she was telling me the problems I just wanted to run away because I don’t want a confusing book and that means that I may have to give my advance back and then will my editor hate me and what will I do and I thought I could do this . . . yes, this is the reason I may not want to try the adult novel)?

Once, in my old house in Springville where I had a huge office, I hung all my beginning of book ideas around my office. I typed up the ideas, a few thoughts about what might happen in the book–one per page and then taped these papers on the bookshelves around the room. I bet I had twenty ideas waiting for me. I’m sure you have many ideas for projects you want to write. Try this. Start jotting own the ideas you have. Write a bit about each idea. And write how you feel about working on this project. Put these up before Nov 1 so you can see them. And maybe, just maybe, another idea will step forward to be written next month.

So, these looked interesting. And guess what? Cynthia will teach the Paranormal class at Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers next year!


PS I’ve seen the milk carton skeletons. They looked great!


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