Sunday, November 1, 2015

Going for 50k

I wasn't going to do NaNoWriMo this year, but writing's been a bit slow recently. Over the summer, I completed a 90k futuristic novel (under a different pen name) and revising it and shopping it around has taken up some time.

But I've been itching to write again. My WIP list is more than a dozen stories long, and a few of them have been niggling at my brain. All at the same time. Like a school of fish in a feeding frenzy! I don't know how many times I started to write one, and then moved to another. I couldn't seem to quite dig in, with too many wanting attention at once.

So I wrote a couple of short stories. And then started yet another new story.

I knew I needed to commit to just one, so I signed up for NaNo with the tentative title of Bad Moon on the Rise. Then, the next day, I changed the story to An Ill Wind.

Yes, I was having a commitment problem. But I spent last week in prep mode, focusing on An Ill Wind. After sharing the story idea with a crit partner years ago, she urged me to write this story. We were out for dinner one night, and she even chose a man at a nearby table for one of the characters for the story, lol. I kept her email encouraging me to write it. And now it's time. The story's lolly-gagged in my head long enough, taking up room that I need for new stories.

I'm waiting on word for five different submissions (three are under other pen names, all three different!) so if I get good news for the two Cate Masters stories, I'll be sharing that here. :)

Otherwise, it will be a quiet month. I'm always open to guests, though, so if you have news you want to share on my blog - new or old news, either is fine - shoot me an email and we can set up a date.

Wish me luck!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can do it! If I did it, I know you can hit that many words.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Good luck to you, Cate. You're so prolific my head spins trying to keep up with all you have going on. Let me know anytime you want me to give one of your releases a shout out.

Susan Says

Cate Masters said...

Thanks guys! I'm off to a pretty good start, but this month is full of "life" obstacles, so we'll see. Going to try to sprint ahead on weekends!

Thanks for the offer, Susan :)

DMS said...

Best of luck with NaNoWriMo! I have wanted to participate for a few years, but my day job is busy in November, so so far it hasn't worked out. Maybe next year. :)


Cate Masters said...

Thanks Jess! NaNo's a good motivator.

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