I am twelve days and 20,281 words into the #NaNoWriMo2017 challenge. I’ve gotten my day set into a routine where I work my big-people job, come home, eat something and then write for a couple of hours until I hit my word goal. It’s not a piece of cake, but I can atleast say, great, if I start by such and such time, I know I’ll hit my goal. And I’ve begun to ignore the many distractions that conveniently pop up the minute you decide to write (e.g. social media, Netflix, kids, work, laundry, dinner – every other exciting and mundane thing to pop up in life).
The one thing that has proven most challenging for me in all this is the editing. I am that person who has to outline everything so I know where I’m going. But I am also that person who has to make sure that what was previously written is almost perfect so I can continue forward. I’ve had to ignore that instinct and just make notes on the side to remember where and what I wanted to change. I’m sure there’s a life lesson in there somewhere, but I’m too focused right now on meeting my word count to put too much thought into it.
And while I am writing the #NaNoWriMo2017 book, I am also getting ready for the release my next book, The Best Love. I don’t have a date yet, but it will be sometime next month (just in time for Christmas!). I will post a sample tomorrow. Until then, here is the cover and synopsis for it. Enjoy.
THE BEST LOVE:
“Ever since the accident…”
Julieta cringes every time she hears those words. Everything lately is a result of ‘the accident’, and she is so over it: after almost losing her life, Julieta’s had to make adjustments to deal with some of the challenges she now faces – physical therapy to regain use of her leg, lost school time and lower self-esteem, among them.
However, none of those changes compare to the ones in the people around her: her brother Manny is pushing her like he’s never done before; her sister-in-law Sonia is nesting and treating her like a daughter; and Manny’s friend Alex is now offering her the attention she’s been craving from him for years. So maybe good things do come out of bad situations…
Except that when Julieta finds out why Alex has been so attentive, her world comes crashing down. With her already-fractured family now at odds with each other, she is ready to give up on the notions of fate and love and happily-ever-after’s, when another accident shows them that sometimes the best love is one that begins accidentally.