NaNoWriMo And… (Announcement!)

I just got off the phone with my sister. As usual, we talked for a loooong time and, as usual, I came away feeling happy, encouraged in what I’m doing, and delighted at the things we laugh over (like crazy ‘men’ things and cement trucks masquerading as giant unicorns on wheels…). I’m pretty convinced that if everyone had a sister like her, the world would be a better place.

One of the interesting things about indie publishing is that I get to choose my own release date. It is at once liberating and frightening! So, after some encouragement from my wonderful support group and a veritable shower of quotes about finishing things and taking chances, here it goes:

***As the Crow Flies will be released on 10 December 2012***
Of a necessity, it will take some time away from my NaNoWriMo project, but I will continue to put as much effort as possible into that story as well. I love the challenge of NaNoWrimo. I love how so many writers come together to support and encourage each other. I love that I get such a big chunk of writing done in such a short time. I think I need about four ‘push’ months a year with that same kind of commitment, energy, and participation…
I want to take a minute to thank Kristie for bringing to my attention (again) the terrific NaNoWriMo Pep Talk written by the inimitable Neil Gaiman. Absolutely timely, encouraging, straightforward and—best of all—funny.

And! Anna Elliott at Writer Unboxed for her fabulous article about Commitments. I especially like the quote by Junot Diaz:

“You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”

Nothing like a good kick in the seat of the pants, eh?

So tell me, how is your NaNo project going? What are some of the obstacles you’re facing, and how are you dealing with them? Talk to me!
Writing is a passion. A passion driven by voices we hear in our heads. Driven by stories that need to be told.  Don’t be afraid to let them out. Nurture them like they are your children and let them blossom into fruition. Most of all—live your dream.
• Vivienne Courtoise •


‘As the Crow Flies’ coming in December 2012!

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo And… (Announcement!)

  1. I'm excited for the release of As the Crow Flies. Given the word count displayed on the right, my guess is that it's epic fantasy? I hope readers will be flying to their Kindles to read it.

    I'm in the thick of writing my next novel, which may or may not total the Nanowrimo goal by the end of the month. Best wishes on your own writing.

  2. Hello, Alan! As the Crow Flies is indeed epic fantasy, complete with dragons, wizards, magic and… a quest. 🙂 I hope readers fly to their Kindles to read it, too! It is exciting to be sending it out into the world. Stay tuned, because I'll be sharing a few tidbits about the book leading up to the Big Day.

    Are you doing NaNoWriMo? You can find me there posing as StillCypher.

    I'm looking forward to your book, too. What a coincidence! Write on, my friend, and good luck.

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