Writers are a strange breed.
No, really. I mean, we search Google for the best ways to kill people. (“As a mental exercise, I’ve often planned the murder of friends and colleagues.” BBC Sherlock, Sign of Three) We wax eloquent about pacing and syntax, identify ourselves as “pantsers” or “plotters,” talk to imaginary people and complain when these figments of our imagination don’t do what we want.
Somewhere in the evolution of writerdom writers have come up with their own strange dialect, a writer lingo that can be nearly indecipherable to the normal Muggles among us. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten strange looks or comments the last few days from all my talk about JaNoWriMo and WIPjoy.
So, what are they anyway? I’m so glad you asked, because I’m super excited to tell you! JaNoWriMo and WIPjoy are two writing community events designed to drag me away from the many adulting responsibilities of running two creative businesses, and force me via peer pressure to actually get done some writing of my own.
Some non-writerly types may be familiar with NaNoWriMo, a shortened version of National Novel Writing Month, known by writer Muggles as “November.” The idea is that formerly sane writers have a moment of insanity and try to write a 50,000 word novel in the space of four weeks.
However, some of us writer types have other things going on in November *ahem* *Christmas* so we decided to do it in January instead. Being brilliant and creative types, we settled on the highly original name, “JaNoWriMo.” So, there you go.
My JaNoWriMo project is my current work-in-progress (more on that later), a YA (young adult-again with the acronyms) urban fantasy (real life with fantastical elements) that’s basically Harry Potter meets the X-men in 1940s WWII northern England. Let’s just say I love unusual cross-overs. But so far it’s tons of fun!
That brings me to #WIPjoy, the brainchild of an author friend of mine, Bethany Jennings. It’s a hashtag that stands for work-in-progress (in other words, your current writing project). Every day for a month there are “challenges” and you post snippets or answer questions about your WIP. So, for the whole month of January I’ll be posting on Twitter and Facebook about my JaNoWriMo writing project. Convenient, huh?
Take a look. These are a few of the questions I’ll be answering. They can be surprisingly tough at times! What questions would you add?
Want to follow along? You can follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook for daily updates on my writing struggles and fun sneak peeks at my upcoming project. Should be tons of fun! And if you’re a writer doing JaNoWriMo or WIPjoy, comment below and tell me about your project!