NaNotQuiteANovel Weeks 1 and 2

I’m a little behind in my goals these first two weeks, although my outline for The Unseeing is coming together like a house on fire. It just keeps growing and growing and there are hardly any entries that go “and then a bunch of stuff happens.”

Now that I’m home from Mexico and have the healthy glow of a person who collected a year’s worth of vitamin D in a week’s time, I hope to get caught up. In the meantime, here’s my progress so far:

Nov 1 – nothing
Nov 2 – five points on my outline
Nov 3 – research agents a tiny bit
Nov 4 – nothing
Nov 5 – six points on my outline
Nov 6 – Seven points on my outline
Nov 7 – discussed plot points and character motivation at length with one of my first readers
Nov 8 – added new music to my ‘inspiration for writing’ playlist and gained a few ideas from it
Nov 9 – saved my outline from document corruption, narrowly avoiding losing all my work thus far (okay this doesn’t count as a task but HOLY CRAP I was scared for half an hour)
Nov 10 – Nada
Nov 11 – So much more nada
Nov 12 – Sweet tweet. Started to feel like this was a stupid idea, I’m so far behind.

Total tasks: 6 (and counting)

Today I hope to accomplish TWO things, so I can make up for one of those missed days. I’m totally allowed to do that, as long as I have 30 tasks completed by the end of the month. This week I might even start writing…




And This Is Why It Pays To Share Your Work


  1. What do you do when you ask someone to read for you? Do you give them bits or the whole book? Do you ask them to sign anything to protect your work? What questions do you ask of them after they’ve read it? Only my husband has read part of my novel, and I think I’m ready to start asking others to read parts.

    • I asked a few people I’m close to to read it, and sent them 2-4 chapters at a time as I was writing, and taking the feedback as they went. Now that I’m finished and have gone through a few rounds of edits, I broadened my audience to another dozen friends and family members and gave them the full manuscript, basically by posting ‘who wants to read my book’ to Facebook. I didn’t ask them to sign anything. Most of them are still reading, so I don’t have any specific questions beyond ‘what did/didn’t you like.’ In the new year I hope to enlist a professional editor as well, for a more in-depth critique. In the beginning I picked people who I knew liked the genre I’m writing in, but now I’m looking for all types. 🙂

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