Bonjour, my writing friends. How are you doing today? Have you eaten your vegetables? Drank your water? Hmmmm?
Okay. Enough parenting. Let's get into business.
"Sarah," you say. "What's #FebFrenzy? What does that even mean?"
"Sit down," I tell you with a knowing smile. "We've got a fun conversation."
NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month, to those of you who might not know–has come and gone, leaving me on a writing low. I told myself that I was going to keep up that writing habit.
Write 50k+ words. Finish a manuscript in a month.
Hilarious, right? Ha.
I've found that it's really hard to write when no one can hold me accountable. I can say that I'll write every day, hit a certain word count, but do I? Hardly. I find myself staring at my computer screen with the expression of someone who is about to burst into tears. And I'm talking about the ugly-cry, ladies and gentlemen. The pathetic ugly-cry.
But here's where #FebFrenzy comes in.
Now, I can't–and I'm not–taking any credit for this idea or this hashtag. The lovely @LacieWaldon on Twitter clued me in on this geniusness.
A lot of people are treating this as another NaNoWriMo, writing 50k words in a month (actually, even less, since there are only 28 days in February!).
Me, personally, I'm going to grab this hashtag by the little lines and morph it into an edit month for me. My YA Contemporary Fantasy manuscript that I wrote during November, Sleight of Hand, is now undergoing its third draft. Which seems crazy that I got draft two out in the time that's passed, but don't seem too impressed.
Draft two was absolute trash. Someone call the garbage pick-up.
In the month of February, my goal is to completely finish draft three for Sleight of Hand and see if we can get somewhere fun with it. Perhaps I'll post another Calling All Beta Readers in the beginning of March?
I challenge you–yeah, YOU–to join me and the other fantastic writers on this writing/editing journey. Share your progress and tweet your word count each day! It's a fun way to make friends and hold yourself accountable. Yeah, I know I'm not the poster child for accountability, but we've all got to start somewhere.
What's even better is that while I'm editing my novel in the month of February, I can ignore the fact that I'm single! Woo! *sobs in the distance*
And, hey, think of it this way. You could be starting–or editing–a bestselling novel. Let's go!