So I’ve wrapped up my month of drawing mermaids for Mermay and I’m starting a month of writing about mermaids for JuNoWriMo! Um, yes, it’s all mermaids all the time around here (#sorrynotsorry).
So, what’s JuNoWriMo?
You may have heard of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, where writers write 50, 000 words in the month of November (the length of a short novel). If you haven’t heard of it, google it, it’s a pretty big deal. JuNoWriMo is a similar event but, well it’s in June. Also it’s a bit more flexible with what you want to write (not just novels) and many people set their own word goals.
My Goals for June
If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I’ve been working on Mermaid Problems, a YA modern fantasy novel about a sarcastic mermaid who is also a lifeguard. I had been struggling and switched over to the companion novella that I had planned to write after the novel. I’m now finished the second draft of the novella and am excited to finish up the full novel. I think that writing something shorter was a great idea because it gave me an easier win (I had never finished writing a book before) and also helped me work out some of my issues with the novel.
So for June, my plan is to write 30,000 words and finish up Mermaid Problems so that I can edit it over the summer, and hopefully release it on Wattpad this fall. I’m planning to wait until I have the series finished before I start selling them on Amazon.
If you’re looking for an extra push to get writing this month, check out JuNoWriMo on Facebook and Twitter. There’s a community of writers to encourage you, word sprints to keep you motivated, and some fun tools to keep you on track. That’s where I’ll be hanging out for the next month 😉