We’re over halfway through October now, and do you know what that means? We have less than half a month until National Novel Writing Month!

I’ve not only participated in NaNoWriMo for the past eight years, but this is also going to be my fifth year acting as a municipal liaison for my area. Each year my co-ML and I put together a scheme for the month, including parties, write-ins, pep-talks, etc. We’re glorified event planners, basically. Or maybe not so glorified?

Anyway, NaNoWriMo is a bit of a controversial event for a lot of writers: some think it’s a huge waste of time, and others think it’s awesome. No one is right or wrong. NaNo is great for some and not for others. So let’s move on.

What I love about NaNoWriMo is that it is a huge reminder about a why I write. I don’t write because I want to sell millions of books, or a manuscript to Simon and Schuster, or because I want to be the next [INSERT FAMOUS AUTHOR NAME], or because I expect perfection to flow from my pen. I write because I love/have to. Because it’s fun. Because I have many stories to tell.

And when I’m writing, I should not expect my first draft to be anywhere near perfect. And I should write every day. And I should stop listening to the inner editor, and listen to the creative voice inside who, when I ask “But what is the POINT of this scene with the lobster cage?” responds with “Who cares? Just do it!” (Because that actually happened to me once, and yes that lobster cage became integral to the plot.)

Post NaNoWriMo also helps me remember that sometimes we must kill our darlings. Sometimes we must write only for fun, and sometimes we must cut those scenes, no matter how tragic or moving or beautiful, because they just do not serve the story.

Anyway, moving on, again.

The other countdown indicated above is to the Backspace Writers Conference in NYC! It’s on November 3rd and 4th, and I am going! My first writers conference ever. It’s a no-pitch conference where we work in small groups with two agents in the morning on our query letters, and a different two in the afternoon on the first two pages of our manuscript. There’s also a few panels with editors and other agents, and an evening YA query letter worksop.

So, I’m excited about that. Also, my fabulous friend and editor is finishing up her edits on THE HIEROPHANT, which is the manuscript I’ll be bringing to the conference. I’m so excited to see what she’s done to it–my best friend/her wife has hinted that the changes are GOOD. XD

And that’s the writing-related news from my world!

(In non-writing-related news, my best friend from high school got engaged on last week, AND my older brother just got a job in LONDON–AND IS GETTING MARRIED to his girlfriend–who I <3–who is going with him to a different law firm! *throws confetti*)

Okay! Back to work. :)

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