Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year

Greetings all,

I do hope this year is treating you well and you all had a fantastic Halloween. As any fellow writers out there would know, November is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. It’s a time where authors everywhere try to write 50,000 words in a single month towards one book or project. The exercise is not designed to churn out bestsellers but to get writers into the habit of writing every single day, something that’s very hard to do.

I won’t be competing in NaNoWriMo this year purely because I am still 100% focused on reviewing and editing Blessed Cursed. I do not want to put it aside for a month to write on another project. I want it done!! I made a promise that it would be completed this year and I still have a full third of the manuscript to finish. (AAAHHHH!!)

This novel is driving me to distraction. When I ‘finished’ it in February, it was only about 100k words and about 24 chapters. Since my reviews and edits have started, it’s now 160k words, over 35 chapters and I’m not even done yet!!! Maybe it was premature to call it ‘finished’ in February. My edits have been extensive and I’ll admit a great deal of the book is totally different from the original, but I think, much better. Sooo much better. It may be taking me a long time and I may be practically re-writing the majority of the novel but overall I think Blessed Cursed will be stronger and better than ever when I can finally throw down my keyboard and declare it officially done. Then it’s onto Beta Readers and potentially more changes but I’m not thinking about that right now 🙂

I’m making this promise to you too, dear reader, so you can hold me to it and keep me on track. The reviews and edits will be finished by the New Year. Beta Readers will start in January 2017. Please let me know if you are interested in becoming a Beta Reader for Blessed Cursed.

Till next time,

Ashleigh

P.s. The image above is the view from the Bunya Mountains in Queensland, Australia where I was recently for a beautiful wedding. Amazing place with wild birds who eat seed straight out your hand and more wallabies than I’ve never seen in one place before.

Update: Short Stories from the Elements & NaNoWriMo

Hey Internet Peeps,

Last week was the last Short Story from the Elements. I hope you enjoyed them 🙂 Feels strange to think they were written so long ago. It’s simply amazing how time flies. I remember when this year was just starting and now all the shopping centre’s have their decorations up! Crazy.

This year’s NaNoWriMo is not going so well for me. I was sick last week and have fallen behind. I honestly don’t think I’m going to be able to catch up but I won’t give up. I’m trying to get myself into a strict schedule so I make up the difference.

My current WIP is sitting at roughly 40k words. I’m really enjoying writing this one as it’s very different to the Amethyst Series. I’m loving the opportunity to stretch my author legs and try something else. Not that I don’t love my Amethyst series but it’s nice to do something else for a change. Maybe if you guys ask nicely, I’ll post up an extract 🙂

Well I had best get back to it. Those worlds aren’t going to create themselves.

Stay Safe out there guys.

Byes!

NaNoWriMo 2015

Hey guys, I must be crazy because this year I’m doing NaNoWriMo again.

For those unfamiliar, that stands for National Novel Writing Month. In the month of November, writers from all around the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in those short 30 days. I’m going to be attempting to add that word count to my current WIP, The Blessed Cursed. I have high hopes but it’s going to take dedication. I’ll post updates throughout the month.

Thanks for your support and wish me luck!

NaNoWriMo 2014

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo 2014! This is my first year so I’m very excited.

NaNoWriMo, for those who don’t know, is National Novel Writing Month. It’s a challenge to write a 50k novel in the month of November and it’s a great cause.

The novel I’m writing is a new stand alone called ‘The Blessed Cursed.’ While still a Fantasy, this novel is more serious than my previous works and targeted towards adults. Unfortunately I’m a bit behind my word count as I’m trying to plan a wedding as well. But I’ll get there in the end!

I’m raising money to help the nonprofit that runs it:

  • Value and encourage all writers’ voices, no matter their gender, race, or background.
  • Provide free curriculum, workbooks, and virtual tools to students and educators in 2,000 classrooms.
  • Guide 700+ community leaders in building vibrant, writing and literacy-focused oases in their local neighborhoods, libraries, and bookstores.

Every dollar I raise will make a difference in the lives of so many. More importantly, your contribution will help the nonprofit behind National Novel Writing Month build a more engaged and inspiring world. You can help by:

Thank you so much for your support of my writing! To sweeten the deal even more, anyone who donates $35 or more will receive a free copy of Birth By Fire’s Embrace! To claim, just put your name on the donation and shoot me an email via the Contact page.

To make a donation, just click here!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ashleigh to appear on Red River Radio Tomorrow!!!

Hey guys,

Sorry for the late notice but I’m scheduled to appear on Red River Radio tomorrow to have a chat about my writing and life in general. I’d love for you all to tune in. Being the modern age you can listen by clicking the this link.

Here’s the blurb

‘On Thursday, October 30 at 4PM the host, Barbara Ehrentreu, will be interviewing Ashleigh Galvin, author of Birth by Fire’s Embrace and Karen Vaughan, author of a book too. She is also a comedian and we are hoping she will be testing out some of her material here. We will be talking about their writing styles and why they each decided to write their books. Also we will be talking about whether or not they will be participating in National Novel Writing Month or as we writers call it: NaNoWriMo. If you are participating in this you are writing a novel in 30 days during the month of November. How can you accomplish such a task? Tune in and find out.’

The show is on Oct 30 at 4pm (EST) so that’s 6am on Friday for all my Australian followers. Don’t worry if that’s too early as you can listen to the chat any time after by click the above link.