Cyndy Aleo

Four Little Bees Writing & Editing

author, freelance writing, editing, and a little bit of web development, helping clients with content development, book editing, and blog set-up and customization

Join me for NaNoWriMo!

If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it's National Novel Writing Month, and it begins 1 November.

The challenge: write 50,000 words in one month, "completing" a novel in those 30 days.

I've done NaNo every year since 2007 (except for last year). Two uncompleted novels were turned into fan fiction. My first completed novel (2009 now that I look at it) was Undying, and by "completed" I mean I wrote 50,000 words. It turned into 80,000 during the first few edits, then dropped to 40,000, then finally ended up at a bit over 86,000 words by the end.

I didn't finish in 2010, but I had the germ of an idea (it originally involved aliens) that I turned into a New Adult folk mythology novel that I'm hoping to have out as my next release. 

2011 was another bad year, and in 2012, I'd just lost my job (which, to be honest, was a bad fit, but still... lost my job) and I didn't participate at all.

My goal for this year is to finish the sequel to Undying (called Unfinished, no pun intended) so I can have that ready for release next spring. It's outlined and I'm raring to go, but can always use the external conscience of the masses to keep me going. 50,000 more words in 30 days is a killer pace, so if you help me, I'll help you. It usually gets bad in the same place novels do: in the soggy middle.

Won't you be my buddy?