For those of you who aren’t aware, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 i.e. a large chunk (or more!) of a novel, and this year is the first time I am partaking. It’s a pledge to myself that I won’t fall into the usual post-edits slump – book two just went to my publisher and I don’t want to waste the momentum by watching Netflix all day. To keep myself motivated I’m using the fab NaNoWriMo website, on which I found this beautiful advice from one of my favourite authors, Catherynne M. Valente:
I’m also going to follow this ace photobook challenge I found on Instagram:
Let’s do this.
THE GIRL OF INK & STARS THE CARTOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER,
Today you come out across the pond. I am sorry I’m not there to take selfies with you in bookshops, or hover near displays to see if you’re on tables, or go into libraries and request you in funny voices as if the librarian knows what I sound like.
I’m relying on my friends and family to do these things for me, and the fact you are already down to two copies on Amazon.com (other retailers available*) gives me assurance that they have been preordering as frantically as my UK-based family did.
Happy birthday, dear thing. I hope to see you in the wild soon, and that you have a wonderful start to your adventures Stateside.