Sunday, May 8, 2011

Irresistible Sweetness, and BuNoWriMo


Last week was my week for blog awards, as Katie at Katie O'Sullivan gave me the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award on her blog. I am very grateful to Katie, and happy to be able to add this award to my sidebar. Katie is lucky enough to live on Cape Cod, and she is the editor of Cape Women Online magazine. She is also a fantastic writer. I met Katie during the A-Z Challenge, and I highly recommend her blog to anyone who is not already familiar with it. Huge thanks to Katie for my award!

On another note, I have decided to sign up for BuNoWriMo, hosted by the great writers at Burrowers, Books, and Balderdash. I learned of BuNoWriMo thanks to Laura at Daily Dodo, and I'm so glad I came upon the link when I did.

BuNoWriMo is modeled after the popular NaNoWriMo that takes place each year in November. I've never participated in NaNoWriMo, but I've read about it many times. I've thought about participating this year, but I hated the thought of waiting until November to give it a try. That's why BuNoWriMo is so perfect for me, as it takes place in June.

The goal, like NaNoWriMo, is to write a novel in a month. I have no idea if I will be able to accomplish this, but my primary goal is to get a workable first draft written. I have been kicking around ideas for a mystery/suspense novel that I want to write, but I am terrible about just writing a draft without worrying about editing. I edit so much, I end up not getting anywhere. So I'm hoping the fast pace of the novel writing challenge will allow me to get a first draft finished, as I won't have time to edit and obsess over each paragraph.

I needed a break this month after completing A-Z in April, but I'm looking forward to giving this new challenge a try in June. If you're interested in getting involved, you can learn more about it here, and here.

It all starts on June 1st, and I can't wait. I'm very excited to see what I'll have to work with by the time June 30th rolls around. Here's hoping for a coherent, or at least semi-coherent, first draft!

14 comments:

  1. I'm already engaged in my next writing project, but wish you lots of luck with yours :)

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  2. Oh, man. I can't even think of doing another challenge yet. I'll be cheering you on, though. :)

    Good luck!

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  3. Good for you, taking on the BuNoWriMo. I'm not ready for another daily challenge but may do NaNoWriMo. Best of luck!

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  4. I've been thinking about NaNoWriMo lately and wishing November wasn't so far away. BuNoWriMo might be my answer. I think I'm just looking for some structure to kick me into gear.

    Keep us posted on your progress!

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  5. You're welcome for the award and thanks for the shout-out. Good luck with the writing challenge - I've done NaNoWriMo before - the key is to JUST KEEP GOING.

    Best of luck!

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  6. Good luck with the new challenge! :)

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  7. @Rebecca, thanks! I wish you luck with your project as well. :)

    @L.G., thank you! I will no doubt need the luck LOL.

    @Langley, thanks! Depending on how this goes, I may try NaNoWriMo too.

    @Kendal, that's what I felt like I needed, some structure. I can't seem to get disciplined, so I'm hoping this will help. Let me know if you decide to try it!

    @Katie, thanks, and thanks again for the award!

    @Samantha, thank you!

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  8. Thanks, Karen! I've just discovered an 80 day novel writing challenge thanks to Rebecca Bradley's blog, so I may be joining that instead. 80 days seems a little less intimidating LOL.

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  9. Good luck on your new project and congrats on a well deserved award.

    Yvonne.

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  10. Ooooh. I may have to put off the 80 days start point until June, but that's definitely doable. Thanks for the tipoff! I really wasn't looking forward to the whole November insanity.

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  11. Julie, thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. I've enjoyed having a dip into your posts, it looks like you had a good Challenge! I'm still thinking of resting up after that marathon or at the least not being too rigid in my posting schedule. Sue

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  12. @Victoria, you're welcome for the tip, good luck if you decide to join! Thanks for coming by.

    @Sue, thanks for coming by, it's great to meet you. The Challenge, was a lot of fun, thanks!

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