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I have less than a month. Yep, that’s right. Less time to prepare for writing my next book than I will have to actually write during NaNoWriMo. Not that I will actually complete the thing in 30 days of crazy-mad writing, but I’ll (hopefully) end the month with roughly 200 pages of a story I am so damn excited about. That and my fifth NaNo win.

I’m not this dedicated during the rest of the writing year. I like to read too much. And you know, spend time with M. And the cats. And my friends. And then there’s this thing called work that takes up a lot of time too. But NaNo is my time to get the story out of my head and into existence. This one month is set aside for new ideas that I keep simmering on the backburner the rest of the year while I’m revising and reworking and re-plotting my other WIPs.

Most of the time, the new stories and characters are polite and wait their turn. But this year’s book refuses to be ignored. So in the midst of revising two other manuscripts (my previous two NaNo books that I’m still madly in love with), I’ve developed a scene-by-scene outline for the entire book, started a Pinterest board to capture the style and personalities of my MCs, and emailed a friend for plotting help to make sure the ending I want is plausible (she confirmed it can be and, because she’s brilliant, helped me see how I could weave in details of a character’s personality throughout the story to make a big decision feel organic to the character!). This is the most prepared I’ve ever felt starting NaNo. Fingers crossed that it goes as smoothly as The Art of Breaking did last year.

Oh, you wanna know what the story’s about? Here’s the pitch:

As a teenage grim reaper, Eliot James is used to death. But when the next name on her list is Sawyer Taveryany—the boy she’s seriously crushing on—she will have to fight her very nature to keep him safe.

Sounds fun, right?

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