Last June and July, every Saturday was devoted to “Summer’s Ultimate Novel” (SUN). Some of you used that time to write the first draft of a novel. Some of you are writing first drafts right now as part of National Novel Writing Month. No matter when you write your first draft . . . at some point you’ll need to do a second draft. I know I need to work on my second draft.
My solution for motivating you and me: a second draft project called “Winter’s Editing & Revising Extravaganza”—WERE for short, in honor of those paranormal creatures who change (as a second draft must change a novel). I know, it’s cheesy. Why must I always have acronyms? Why??
I’m taking a break from blogging next week to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. Then the Writer’s Book Club will start on December 2nd with the discussion of SHIVER (WEREwolves!) by Maggie Stiefvater. WERE will start on December 5th with the preparation for second drafts. I’ll jump into my second draft in January, and I hope you’ll join me.
At the right side of this website, you’ll see that I’ve updated the “Current Schedule.” WBC once a month and WERE every Saturday. Wondering what happened to Topics and Frolics? I wish I could still blog that often, but I just don’t have the time . . . not if I have any hope of finishing my own novel.
So I make no guarantees beyond weekly blogging, but I may have surprise posts once in awhile. I’ll try to keep you updated on any cool developments or contests (which reminds me—enter the first 250 words of your YA novel into this contest by Nov. 30th. Or read Nathan’s post about the future of e-books).
I’m also in the process of updating my Tags and Categories as I attempt to make this site easier to search. I welcome suggestions. Does anyone actually use the current Tags? I’m thinking of deleting them and just having Categories and Links. For example, under “Links” I’ve provided a link to all the SUN posts, in case you’re working on a first draft. Or should I keep the Tags and delete the Archives? I’m very biased about the website, so I’d appreciate other opinions.
Any questions or concerns about WERE, WBC, or the website? Or something not starting with a ‘w’?
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. See you on Dec. 2nd!