“Terminus” Standing on the platform, Uncertain who will leave first, We knew a departure was inevitable At some point, but when? We met as strangers, And left as strangers, But the in-between contained A universe of possibilities. ©2019 Lauren Miller
Hey guys, this is me checking in. For those of you not following my Twitter feed, I’ve been posting there a day-by-day account of how this year’s NaNoWriMo attempt has been going. Since I know not all of you are probably on Twitter (or following me specifically), I am going to try and do these occasional updates to talk about what’s been happening lately. So here we go. For at least three years now, I’ve been sitting on an idea for a historical fiction novel, and for the last seven years, I’ve been struggling to feel the remotest bit inspired. It just hasn’t felt like “the right time”. There’s been a lot of other changes in my life and I wanted to save this project for when I could devote some real time to it, and not add it to my pile of “almost-was” drafts. So, when I knew I was going to be taking off three months from accepting new queries (November-January), I heard that subtle whisper that maybe NOW would be a good …
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to sit in on a six-hour-long master class with Jane Friedman and I can’t recommend it enough. If she’s doing a class within driving distance and you’re remotely interested in the publishing industry, go. Bookmark this blog post, order those tickets, and come back later to finish reading.
Welcome to November. Somewhere across America, fingers are flying with a frenzied energy as a writer is pouring their soul onto the page in a maddeningly exciting, stressful, and crazy experiment called National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) where writers across the globe attempt to produce a 50,000 word manuscript in 30 days.
I read a wonderful article this morning by Rachel Pieh Jones, over on Jane Friedman’s blog, and I started a Twitter thread. My first. I don’t really use Twitter terribly well (or often) but since I hope some of these ideas may be helpful to blog readers who are perhaps not on Twitter, I am sharing the conversation here as well.