Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Writing Projects and NANOWRIMO

The feast-or-famine nature of freelance work is still in full swing. At this point, I have the fortune to be in the midst of a modest feast cycle. I have a number of projects that will need my attention. Most of them are small articles with clients I've worked with in the past. I appreciate the repeat  projects. They get me at least part of the way to my goal each month. I'm sure many of you can relate to that if you are working writers.
Work is often a cycle. When I have new writing projects I cannot help but announce it sometimes since it is a precious thing to have - especially in this economy. Still, I know, that I have to aim higher in order to make ends meet. I get the privilege of doing so as a writer. Not everyone has that kind of opportunity.

The Book

As such, it is one of those rarer gems to say that I have co-authored a book and it will be available for anyone to buy on November 5, 2010. That's right. I'm talking about Heaven's Point Guard: The Kirk Gentrup Story. This book has been the work of several months, trying to get the material into shape, working to create a nice design for the interior and exterior of the book, and finally, learning the ropes as far as getting them printed and shipped in a way that benefit my fledgling publishing company. I'm still learning so much. I know that my wife and I have a our work cut out for us. 

A Novel (Or Two)

One of the other goals that I have other than successfully promoting Heaven's Point Guard is working to produce new fiction. I've been writing a story with my friend - a sort of interesting collaboration that I hope develops into a finished novel. This work in progress was entirely spontaneous. I'll share more with you int he coming months. 

The other has more to do with NANOWRIMO. National Novel Writing Month is a big event. I know there are thousands participating each year. The idea, in a nutshell, is to write a 50,000-word novel in one month's time. It officially started on  November 1st. This year, I've entered the fray with my own piece. I remains to be seen if I'll meet the challenge the first time out, but I will do my best to get as far as I can before the end of this month.

More Ahead

I'll close by saying there's obviously more ahead for 2011. I know that I'll have at least two book projects with ties to Founders House Publishing. It means more writing experience for me. I'm certainly more interested in books than I am anything else. That being said, I have articles waiting for me. I'll keep you posted on what's ahead. 

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