I am Nancy Cupp, Author, Blogger, Learner. I got started on this mission to learn how to do a website because I wrote a book, and now I’d like to get it published.
I always liked the idea of stories, and writing, but never did much of it. After all who was going to read it? Well, my Mom and Dad would read it, but I kinda wanted to go further.
One day a friend casually mentioned that she was going to be doing NaNoWriMo in November. NaNo…What? NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization that helps people to write a novel in 30 days. Yup, a whole novel in one month. How can that be?
NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is set up as a website, (just google NaNoWriMo). Once you register, you commit to writing 1,667 words a day for the month of November. That’s a 50,000 word novel in one month.
It takes a bit of discipline, especially if you have a job, kids, a life. But you’d be amazed at how much you can get done once the creative juices get flowing. Other parts of you life benefit as well. You find yourself organizing, motivated to get things done, so you can spend a few precious moments getting that idea on paper.
So back to why I’m here, trying to learn to build a website. I wrote that novel, three of them, actually, since I first heard of NaNo. I blasted through that first one, used information from NaNo to find out how to publish as an e-book for free, put it out there, and…crickets chirping.
Okay, I got in a bit of a hurry. The first book, Crossroads, was a pretty good story, but really just a first draft. It lacked polish, needed editing, oh–and there was that issue of the missing chapter.
It turns out you have to do a bunch of work after that first adrenaline fueled, thirty day rush in November. And after all the editing, polishing, and publishing…you aren’t done yet. You have to market the thing.
Would I go to all the trouble again? Yes! I love it! I’m having so much fun learning how to write better, build webpages, attending seminars, that I’m re-inventing my life. Did I mention that I recently retired? I’m not sixty-five yet, and I could still be working (I like working) but I’m having too much fun.