Hi everyone! Before I make my special announcement, I would just like to say thank you to all of my readers. You make blogging worth the time and effort, and I’ve had a blast sharing my book reviews and news with you.
But it’s now time for me to take a break from blogging–at least temporarily. The reason for my short hiatus, as some of you can probably guess, is….*drum roll please*…
That’s right, Book Club Babe is taking the plunge! For those of you who are unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which has taken place every year since 1999.
The challenge is to write 50,000 words (approx. 200 double-spaced pages) in the month of November. This calculates to about 1,700 words (or 6-7 double-spaced pages) a day. If you started hyperventilating just reading that information, imagine how terrified I am about attempting it!
I’ve always loved the idea of competing in NaNoWriMo since I heard about it in college, but I made up every excuse in the book to avoid participating. But writing a novel has been my life-long dream–why should I spend my whole life putting it off?
A couple days ago, I met with the East Bay writing group and met some fun people with some interesting writing ideas. Finding the community has motivated me to make my best effort.
However, my best effort will have to include pausing all Book Club Babe activity for this month. Although I’m trying not to pressure myself into writing all 50,000 words, if I’m going to give it my best shot, I need to focus all my attention on my goal.
That means re-evaluating my reading quota as well. I think that switching from reading 20 books this year to 15 books plus NaNoWrimo is more than a fair trade, don’t you think?
So during this hiatus, feel free to add my user bookclubbabe as a writing buddy if you’re also a Wrimo this year. Also check out my latest review of my 14th book of 2013, Awaken by Meg Cabot, if you haven’t already. And come back in December where I will be sure to review “The Hobbit” sequel, post my final book review of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker, and reminisce over what a fantastic year this has been.
I’m off to write my heart out! Wish me luck!!!