Saturday, October 27, 2018

Simply Jane Smith // My NaNo 2018 Project

I'm not sure why it took me so long to decide what to post this week because ... it's less than a week until NaNoWriMo!!!!! (I already regret this decision.) I've yet to tell the general public about the project I'll be working on, so here goes!


Should I be writing Martin Crossroads? Why yes. But I just hit the 75k marker! So I'm taking a break from it in November.

Then perhaps this mysterious Blossoms of Beaumont project in your sidebar, you ask? Ha, nope. That is totally a whenever-I-feel-like-it project. And I don't feel like it for NaNo.

What then?!

A new (but not entirely new) project, of course. Some of you may remember my little Simply Jane Smith story. It's over on my Writings page with a collage. I began handwriting it nearly two years ago, but then my wrist gave out. Originally the story was going to be about traveling to Paris ... except I've never been there.

But I've been to NYC now!! Oh yessss. I'm going to stuff my NYC experiences into a 30k novella about a girl who wins a trip and hopes to find inspiration in the city that never sleeps. (Kind of excited to try that!)

Here's the most recent mock cover I made, not that the white edges show up very well on here:


I hope to complete the first draft during November, but writing hasn't been so speedy of late, so there's really no telling if I'll hit my goal or not. Definitely not aiming for the 50k that the website automates though because I value my sanity. But I finished the rough draft of the outline last night and it's actually got me excited to give this a shot! I've still got the NYC bug, so that part should be fun at least.

Here's the blurb that I have up on the NaNo website:

Gwyneth Grey is a successful lifestyle blogger, complete with a picturesque apartment and Tiffany's solitaire engagement ring. But Jane Smith, the girl behind the blog, has reached the end of her creative powers. When Jane wins a trip to NYC, she grabs her camera, her favorite barista, and hops on a plane. The city that never sleeps has two weeks to refresh her spirits or she might as well kiss life as she knows it goodbye. Yet Jane soon finds that inspiration is only the beginning of her problems, and the solution might require more of her than she's willing to give.

I might be getting the hang of this contemporary thing. Does it sound like your cup of tea?
What are you doing for NaNoWriMo? No worries if you're new to the scene. Just google it and then laugh at all the insane people signing their souls away for a month. :P

Also, check out my social media for a cover reveal of a friend's flash fiction collection!!

20 comments:

  1. Oooh, sounds fun! I can't wait to see more sneak peeks!

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  2. Sounds nice! Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

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  3. Simply Jane Smith sounds like an engaging book! I am eager to hear more about it, Abi. =)

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    1. I'm glad you think so!! Hoping it comes together ;)

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  4. Omw omw omw I'M SO EXCITED !!!!! THIS BOOK. I NEED IT RIGHT AWAY!!

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    1. Awww hopefully sooner rather than later??? ;) <3

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  6. splaghhhhhhhhhhh this sounds SO COOL!!! also I can't wait to read Martin Crossroads

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    1. ahahaha thanks xD You're the best!! <3 Still working on that one, too, I promise. ;)

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  7. um YES this is my cup of tea! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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  8. Oh, my your synopsis and cover are amazing! I definitely want to read this :)

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  9. I'm doing NaNo for the first time this year, and I gotta admit I'm a little freaked out by the thought of it...but I think it will help me practice writing under pressure and I KNOW I'll grow as a writer through the experience. I'm a fan of clean contemporary, so of course your book intrigued me. ;) I look forward to hearing more about it as the book grows! :)

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    1. OMW HOW EXCITING. I think everyone is freaked out (even the veterans), so hang in there!! Yes, the goal is progress and growth which will happen regardless of the numbers :)

      Aww goodie! Hoping I can encourage it to ... you know, actually develop into a story. ;P

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  10. I LOVE THIS!

    If you ever need a beta.... ;)

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