Alaskan Hope Update

cover design_Alaskan HopeAfter much deliberation and procrastination, I'm writing this post to let you know that work on Alaskan Hope is going to be postponed. I've struggled with the story from the first day I started working on it, and to be completely honest, I'm just not enjoying the story at all. I've tried to get myself excited about it in a variety of ways, including having the immensely talented Lori Gnahn create a cover for it (isn't it gorgeous?). I've told myself I can't work on anything else until I get Alaskan Hope done. And I've pretty much beaten myself up daily for not being interested in working on it.

It's not just a case of startitis (starting many projects and not finishing them), there's something fundamentally wrong with what I have completed so far on the manuscript and I can't figure out what it is. So, rather than push through and write 65,000 words of a story I don't love, I'm just going to set it aside for an undetermined amount of time.

When it does get completed, you'll be much happier with the story than if I did it now. I will be much happier with it if I wait until I figure out what I don't like about it.

I'm currently working on a rough draft that may or may not ever amount to anything. It's my project for this month's Book-in-a-Week challenge. (So far I've completed 40 pages of my 100 page goal.) When I'm done with this week, I'm going to sort through some of my other projects and see what's floated to the top of the pond. I have a few different stories that I'm contemplating revising. I suspect one of those will be the next to be available.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding.

BIW & NaNoWriMo in one convenient week?

It's November which means NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and BIW (Book in a Week). NaNoWriMo started on the first of November and BIW starts tomorrow. The premise of NaNoWriMo is to write the rough draft of a 50,000 word novel in one month. Thousands of people accept the challenge each year and urge each other to the finish line in forums and chatrooms. Faceoff of the Heart is my NaNoWriMo novel from 2006 (with lots of editing and changes).

If you've read my blog for a while, you already know about BIW. ;) Perhaps you remember from last month that I gave up on BIW as soon as I reached my goal, which was Friday afternoon, wasting an entire weekend that I could have been adding pages.

This month for BIW, I set my goal at 200 pages, which just happens to come out to approximately 50,000 words. Conveniently, 50,000 words is the magic winning number for NaNo.

Most likely, I've bitten off more than I can chew. But, it is supposed to be a challenge so there we go. Challenge away. Even if I don't manage the entire 200 pages in one week, I'll get a substantial amount of writing done and that'll make me happy.

I hope to have the rough draft of Mercy wrapped up by the end of the month. My goal for Mercy is 100,000 words, but whatever it takes to complete the story is what will happen.

What are your goals for BIW and/or NaNoWriMo?