I know what you’re probably thinking…”Amanda, come on, NaNoWriMo just started and you’re already blogging about what will happen after it?” Don’t worry, there’s a point to this. I promise.
I use goals to help me get through NaNoWriMo – whether it’s eating, allowing myself one hour with Netflix, or going to the bathroom, goals help motivate me to finish the day’s word count. I also like to have rewards to look forward to after NaNoWriMo – and that’s where my reading list comes in.
I don’t really read during November (or any Camp NaNoWriMo month). Any time spent reading is time I could spend writing, so I put almost all books down for the month (I make exceptions for novellas or chapbooks). However, I choose books ahead of time that I will read as a reward for making it through NaNoWriMo.
This year, my Post-NaNoWriMo Reading Reward is two books:
Evensong – Krista Walsh
Author Jeff Powell wakes up to find the impossible has happened. He is within his own novel—summoned into the fictional world of Feldall’s Keep by a spell he didn’t write. One the House enchantress hasn’t figured out how to reverse.
When the villain he’s been struggling to write reveals himself, unleashing waves of terror and chaos, Jeff must use more than his imagination to save the characters he created—and the woman he loves.
Trapped within a world of his own creation, he must step outside the bounds of his narrative to help his characters defeat an evil no one anticipated, even if he must sacrifice his greatest gift. In the end, he has to ask: are novels really fiction, or windows into other worlds?
How to Write a Novel – Melanie Sumner
Aristotle “Aris” Thibodeau is 12.5 years old and destined for greatness. Ever since her father’s death, however, she’s been stuck in the small town of Kanuga, Georgia, where she has to manage her mother Diane’s floundering love life and dubious commitment to her job as an English professor. Not to mention co-parenting a little brother who hogs all the therapy money.
Luckily, Aris has a plan. Following the advice laid out in Write a Novel in Thirty Days! she sets out to pen a bestseller using her charmingly dysfunctional family as material. If the Mom-character, Diane, would ditch online dating and accept that the perfect man is clearly the handyman/nanny-character, Penn MacGuffin, Aris would have the essential romance for her plot (and a father in her real life). But when a random accident uncovers a dark part of Thibodeau family history, Aris is forced to confront the fact that sometimes in life—as in great literature—things might not work out exactly as planned.
Of course, I may make the exception for Marissa Meyer’s release of Winter and read the chapters as rewards throughout the month. But aside from that, these will be my December reads, and I can’t wait to reach the 50,000 word count so I can pick up these books. (Too bad this blog post doesn’t count for the day’s word count!)
Pictures and descriptions from Amazon.