Swoon Reads is proud to sponsor this year’s NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo Sponsor 2013You guys, it’s November already! Do you know what that means?? It means it is National Novel Writing Month! Or, NaNoWriMo for short. This month, a whole boatload of people will be attempting to write 50,000 words between November 1st and November 30th. And because we’re all about encouraging people to get their stories out, we are official sponsors of the program this year.

So if you’re thinking about starting your first YA romance (or your fiftieth) and struggling to stay on track, Swoon Reads highly suggests heading over to NaNo to sign up. It’s free to join and there are amazing resources and a great support system. Plus, Swoon Reads has its own dedicated thread in their forum.

In addition to sponsoring the program, we’re also going to get a behind the scenes look at one NaNo member’s November journey. Alexis will be blogging for us once a week starting next week. Before her first post, we asked her to answer a few questions about herself so you could get to know her better!

Swoon Reads: Thanks for blogging for us, Alexis! Can you tell us a little bit about your history with NaNoWriMo?

Alexis: Thanks for having me! This is my tenth year as a NaNoWriMo participant, and my eighth as an ML (Municipal Liaison) for the New York City region. I haven’t reached 50,000 words each time (due to a little thing called college), but I believe it’s okay to be a “NaNo Rebel” and set your own goals. Really, I just like seeing people prioritize their creativity, whether that means writing 500 words a day or 5,000.

Swoon Reads: And what are your favorite genres to read and write?

Alexis: I enjoy reading genre fiction, so I usually write what I like to read – YA, paranormal, urban fantasy, romance, mystery, fairy tales, sci-fi/fantasy – with varying results. I tried writing a coming-of-age-in-NYC story during my second NaNoWriMo, but I got bored a week into it and turned all of my characters into superheroes. It was fun to write, but the final story is utterly ridiculous. Writing a paranormal mystery also proved harder than expected, as it needed a lot more planning and world building than I had done before November started.

Swoon Reads: Beyond the 50,000 words, what’s your goal for this year’s NaNoWriMo?

Alexis: The same as it is every year…finish the story and edit! I sometimes work as a writing tutor, so the pull to start editing before I finish the story is very strong. While I can turn off the inner editor during NaNoWriMo, I still succumb to the lure of the red pen before the plot is complete. My students have called me the “Queen of Commas” and “Super Sentence Girl,” but a member of my writing group gave me a stern talking-to about finishing my works-in-progress. So that’s the main goal, especially since I have plans to make this one part of a series.

So be sure to check back next week to read the first in Alexis’s NaNoWriMo series of blog posts. And let us know in the comments if you’re a NaNo writer and what you’re working on this month!

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