We’re well into October, which means that NaNoWriMo is right around the corner! Here at TGNA, we LOVE the sense of community that springs up around NaNoWrimo. Serena & I started this blog as a challenge last year to keep us on track and to try to capture a little bit of that energy and excitement that fills the internet-air every November. I’m scribbling away, trying to finish AMD&B before Nov. 1, so I can jump right into Dead Man’s Hand in November. That means my brain is pretty much melting right now–revision is hard. But so far I’m thrilled with the progress I’m making. So that’s good.
Because of the aforementioned brain-meltingness, I thought I’d do a quick roundup of things I’ve found interesting while
procrastinating taking breaks from writing:
- The new NaNoWriMo Website is live! It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’m SO EXCITED for November! (If you’re doing NaNo, feel free to add me as your writing buddy!)
- The wonderful Susan Dennard has organized a NaNoWriMo Bootcamp! The forums look like they’re full of inspiration, advice, and fun things–I can’t wait to see what else is in store!
- Victoria Schwab wrote an interesting and informative blog post called Authors, Bookstores and the Books that Are and Aren’t In Them.
- There’s an interesting article about agents’ perspectives on new trends in YA. Basically: stand-alones and contemporary are in, while paranormal and trilogies are harder sells. But, as always, they’re looking for Good Books. So write what you love and make it the best that it can possibly be.
- Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in literature! While I’m not generally the biggest fan of short stories, I’ve enjoyed the few of hers that I’ve read.
- The BookSmugglers revealed the truly stunning cover for The Cabinet of Curiosities! Claire Legrand, Emma Treyvane, Stefan Bachmann and Katherine Catmull have put together an anthology of the same type of spooky middle-grade stories they post weekly on their blog, and I have the feeling it’s going to be incredible.
That’s what I have for you today! Do you have anything interesting to add?