As you may have noticed, I finished the second draft of WINTER, the fourth and final installation of the Lunar Chronicles, just over a week ago. And whoa boy, am I be happy to be out of that draft! This book, you guys. Here’s hoping I can make it epic and awesome before it kills me.
I am happy with this draft, though. Sort of. I think. We’ll see how I feel after I read through it. BUT – while I still feel that there is lots of room for improvement, there are also a lot of parts that make me giddy when I think about them, and how excited I am for you guys to read them, especially the Big Scenes that have been rolling around in my head since I first started coming up with these books.
I know you’re all still holding your breaths for CRESS, but I thought I’d share a little non-spoilery info about WINTER anyway, while it’s all fresh in my mind.
Title: Winter: Book Four of the Lunar Chronicles
Fairy Tale Inspiration: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Word count: Top Secret (but it will be the longest book of the series)
# of characters who get their own POV chapters: 11. Unless I’m forgetting some.
Combined months I’ve been working on this book so far: 10
Semi-randomly selected teaser sentence:
“No. She will never be queen.” She swayed toward him, and he felt like he was being encircled by a python, smothered and choked.
(Dun dun dun . . .)
So, What Now?
Unfortunately, my second drafts are still usually a long ways from being finished, and this book is no different. At this point, I have dozens of notes left for myself throughout the manuscript—word choices I want to clarify, descriptions I want to add, things I need to research. So that’s what I’m working on this week while I’m still in Nano-recovery mode.
Then I’ll start reassessing the bigger picture items and figuring out ways to fix the still lingering issues that I have with plot, characters, and themes. In particular, there is one subplot that I am really unhappy with at this point and I know I need to give it some serious consideration before the next round. There were also a few subplots that got pushed aside in this draft that I need to bring back to the forefront and tie in to some of the other major plot arcs.
Once I’m satisfied (more or less) with those big elements, I’ll conduct a read-through to check for general consistency, before sending it off to my editor and beta readers for feedback.
With any luck, this will happen before the Cress tour kicks off in February! *fingers crossed*
I am still speechless at how successful this challenge was! I was honestly afraid when I posted about the challenge that I would hear nothing but crickets back at me. That I would post my final word count and no one would respond.
INSTEAD, you guys blew me away with your determination! (And, let’s face it, kind of made me feel like a slacker.)
Some Challenge Statistics
# of words you had to write in order to beat me / win: 133,917
# of participants who did just that: 21
# of participants who are probably cyborgs: 21
# of participants who breached the half-million words mark: 3
Most words written by one participant: 561,921 (Way to go, Sam!)
Which breaks down to: 18,731 words per day
# of words written between me and all 21 winners: 5,131,353 (THAT’S RIGHT. FIVE MILLION WORDS.)
All winners have been contacted about claiming their prizes.
I’m also hoping to host some interviews later this month with the challenge’s top word-count success stories. Because I think we could all glean a little bit of advice, tips, and morale-boosting from them!
Congrats again to the winners and to everyone who met their personal writing goals during November. Good luck with your revisions or future writing projects, and may December bring you many well-deserved naps!
AAAH, how AWESOME was yesterday?! My publisher really went all out to make Cyborg Monday an fantastic Lunar Chronicles experience, and I hope you all had as much fun as I did.
Here are links to the new content that was released:
First, we revealed the EPIC NEW TUMBLR, with the very easy-to-remember URL: http://thelunarchronicles.com! Follow it to see regular updates, news, and gorgeous fanart, videos, and gifs. It makes me so happy.
You can also now download the First Five Chapters of CRESS –for free!
For an e-reader (US only!): http://page.macmillan.com/mcpg/cresschaptersampler
Or read online at: http://www.wattpad.com/user/marissameyer22
Haven’t read CINDER yet or have been looking for an excuse to re-read? Join in the Cinder read-a-thon, now through Dec. 15. Tweet your progress using hashtag #ReadCinder and you could win a Lunar Chronicles prize pack! Details at http://www.macteenbooks.com/ya/join-the-cinder-by-marissa-meyer-readathon/
We also revealed the shiny CRESS book trailer – sexy spaceship captain included!
I’m pleased to announce that a Lunar Chronicles companion short story, “The Little Android,” will come out this January. It’s based on “The Little Mermaid,” my second-most requested fairy tale to retell (after the ever-popular “Beauty and the Beast”). You can read a teaser from the story here: http://thelunarchronicles.com/post/68797850256/an-excerpt-from-the-little-android-by-marissa-meyer
My publisher revealed a new promo where you could win a fabulous limited-edition CRESS comb, and all you have to do is pre-order the book! (Which you were going to do anyway, right?) Details are at : http://us.macmillan.com/macmillansite/promo/cresspreorderoffer (US only).
Then – BIG NEWS! – these dates and locations for my CRESS book tour were announced! If I’m coming to a city near you, mark your calendars!
We also had an amazing Twitter chat last night, and I want to thank everyone who hung out with us and asked questions! They were coming in fast and furious and I know I missed a lot, but never fear! I will be participating in yet another Q&A session coming up. And I’ll be on live video this time. How’s that for high-tech?
Join the Reading in Twilight Live Q&A and Video Chat
When: This Saturday at 5:00 EST / 2:00 PST
How: To ask a question during the chat, tweet using the hashtag #MarissaMeyerChat, and our blogger moderator will pass your questions over to me.
I hope to see you there!
Happy December, Novelists!
I, for one, am so happy that November is over, and also so pleased with what I accomplished in the past 30 days. This was a big month for me, and the Write Like Crazy Challenge is definitely to thank for that. I know that I wrote a TON more than I would have without the challenge, and I sincerely hope that it helped to inspire and motivate you as well!
So – without further ado.
My final word count for the month of November IS . . .
That’s 33,916 words beyond my original goal, and 8,916 words beyond my mid-month revised goal. It also included my first EVER 15,000-word day. (The 30th, naturally.)
Sticker-wise, the month looked like this:
Yes, you’re interpreting that correctly. As of the 16th, I had a mere 32,000 words, which meant that more than 100,000 of my words came in the last two weeks of the month. There were nine days total in which I wrote zero words. Life. Grrr.
And the important part is that . . . I finished my enormous Winter overhaul! The book that I started rewriting in MAY. I’ll post more about my Winter progress and what the next step is later this month.
*falls over from happiness and relief*
I’m almost done with the Levana novella, too, and should be done with it this week.
I am HAPPY, you guys.
*high fives all around*
So, Did You Beat Me?!
If YOU, Novelist, wrote more than 133,916 words this November, then step up and claim your prize!!
But remember, this contest is only for words written during the month of November, and again, I urge everyone to be honest, so that the writers who really went above and beyond will be the writers who win. That’s fair, right?
Leave a comment to this blog post* with:
1. Your final NaNoWriMo word count
2. A link to your nanowrimo.org profile that includes your verified novel and word count
3. Your email address
* Important: If you are reading this on a feed outside of http://www.marissameyer.com, such as Amazon or GoodReads, please click through to the original blog post and leave your comment there.
The period for posting your word count to be considered for the Grand Prize will end on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at midnight PST!
I will honor other winning word counts until December 8, 2013.
After Tuesday, I will contact all winners via email for your mailing addresses.
Everyone who beat my word count of 133,916 words will win a prize. I will figure out what that prize is on Tuesday once I know how many of you there are! I’m hoping to send you something really cool, guys, but I know there were a lot of super determined writers, so we’ll see . . .
The writer who wrote the MOST WORDS during November will win a Signed ARC of CRESS! And I know there were some ridiculously astounding word counts going on, so it’s going to be tough competition.
One Last Plea
Can you tell that I’m a little nervous people are going to lie about their word counts? Because I know how very easy it would be, and how very unfair that would be to the other novelists.
I am going to take every writer at their word here, so again – please don’t cheat. Please only claim your prize if you really did write as many words during November as your verified statistics show.
One Last Thought
Even if you didn’t beat my word count, I hope with all my heart that many of you wrote more words last month than you would have without the challenge. I hope that you were inspired and motivated, and that you reached some of your own personal writing goals.
No matter if you wrote 150,000 words of 50,000 words or 5,000 words – if you found time to prioritize your writing and experience the pleasure of storytelling this November, then you’re a winner, and I applaud you.
Well done, novelists. Well done.
Now go read some books! Your TBR pile misses you!
To many, the Monday following Thanksgiving (aka Cyber Monday) is a day for splurging on ModCloth and ThinkGeek merchandise.
For, you know… gifts. For other people. Generous folk that we are.
This year we invite you to join in not Cyber Monday…. but Cyborg Monday!
On December 2, we will be overloading the interwebs with all sorts of exclusive Cress goodies and Lunar Chronicles content! What kind of goodies and content, you ask?
Well, let’s see. There will be:
– The reveal of the CRESS book trailer!
– The first five chapters of CRESS available for download– absolutely free!
– An exclusive sneak peak at an upcoming Lunar Chronicles short story!
– A new CRESS teaser!
– The schedule for the CRESS book tour next February!
– The start of a community read-a-long for CINDER (join in with #ReadCinder)!
– A Twitter chat with yours truly (follow #CyborgMonday)!
- And more!
Just typing that out made me a little dizzy…
To be a part of the fun, follow @marissa_meyer and @FierceReads on Twitter, and become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/lunarchronicles.
I’ll also post a follow-up on this blog on Tuesday with links to all the great new content for you to enjoy.
And don’t forget to join in the Twitter chat and ask me all your questions! Monday, December 2, at 9pm EST / 6pm PST. Follow hashtag #CyborgMonday. I’ll see you then!
I want to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated, commented, bid, retweeted, and helped to spread the word on my charity auctions from earlier this week. I am floored by all of your generosity!
Because there was some confusion with the auction ending time, I talked to my publisher, and they very graciously agreed to send me an extra ARC of Cress, so that both of the high bidders in Auction #1 were able to win! (Thanks, Macmillan!)
With the donations from the three winners plus the matched amount, this auction raised a GRAND TOTAL of $3,240.00 for Global Giving’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund!
That is MIND-BLOWING.
And don’t forget, you can contribute to Global Giving efforts by placing your own donation here:
Thanks again, and I hope the winners – Alice, Cynthia, and Raine – will enjoy their prize packs!
These “A Day in the Life” posts are my attempt to answer the frequently asked question: “What does a typical writing day look like?” Because the answer is that there is no typical writing day.
In October I talked about a very busy day in which I didn’t actually get any writing done. This day, during National Novel Writing Month, was the polar opposite!
7:00: YAAAAAWWNN…. and coffee.
7:30: I answer emails, check Twitter, and pause to watch the newest Emma Approved episode. Mr. Knightley is always a good way to start the day.
8:30: Phone call with my agent. We chat about my progress with WINTER, thoughts on what we might do with the Levana novella I’m working on, and all the great promotion ideas that Macmillan is coming up with for the big CRESS release. I also inform her that Scarlet has made it to the Final Round of the GoodReads Choice Awards – super exciting stuff.
9:00: Skype interview with a college freshman who’s writing a paper for her communications class. Lovely girl!
9:30: I’m hosting a writing date with Lish McBride (Hold Me Closer, Necromancer) at my place today, so I spend some time cleaning up the dining room so we actually have a place to work.
10:00: Writing, writing, writing…
11:00: Lish arrives! Cats wonder who this stranger is and run for cover under the bed. We drink more coffee.
11:14: Writing, writing, writing…
12:57: Order pizza!
1:04: Writing, writing, writing…
1:33: Eat pizza and commiserate over how much it sucks when you write yourself into a corner. We both stare sadly at our laptops for a while.
2:24: Writing, writing, writing…
2:47: Break open the wine!
2:50: Writing, writing, writing…
4:13: Cannot figure out how to get out of this chapter. Beat head against table.
4:16: Writing, writing, writing…
5:20: Finally, a breakthrough! Chapter wraps up pretty quickly after that.
5:41: Lish leaves. (Bye, Lish!) I eat more pizza and decide to keep writing until either my husband gets home or Agents of SHIELD comes on, whichever happens first.
7:16: Husband gets home, but I’m in the middle of an exciting chapter, so I keep writing anyway.
8:00-10:00: That’s enough writing for today. I move into the living room and watch Agents of SHIELD and Supernatural, while answering fan questions on a GoodReads forum where I’m the week’s guest author.
Total word count: I’m not telling! But it is my second-best writing day so far this month.
THIS AUCTION HAS ENDED.
Thank you to everyone who bid, and congrats to Alice who won with a jaw-dropping $555! THANK YOU!
You are looking at the blog post for Auction #1. View Auction #2 here.
Unless you’ve been busy exploring the outer rims of the galaxy lately, you have no doubt heard of Super Typhoon Haiyan and the horrendous havoc it has caused in the Philippines. The death toll has reached over 10,000 and … it’s just really, really bad. My heart goes out to everyone in the Philippines and everyone who has friends and family who have been impacted by this storm, and of course to all the Lunar Chronicles fans and readers who are experiencing such a terrible, life-altering disaster.
It’s easy to think that there isn’t much you can do to help people when you live on the other side of the world from them, but we know that isn’t true. Our monetary donations to organizations like Global Giving or NAFCON can help bring much-needed food and supplies to the people who have lost everything.
With that in mind, I’m hosting two auctions – each with the same prize lot – and all proceeds will be given to Global Giving’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.
You are bidding on a single prize pack that includes the following items:
– 1 signed ARC of CRESS: Book Three of the Lunar Chronicles
– 1 limited-edition Lunar Chronicles messenger bag
– 1 Scarlet watermelon-flavored lipgloss
– 3 signed Marissa Meyer book plates
– 4 temporary tattoos
– 2 Scarlet stickers
– 2 bookmarks
Note: This is IT guys. With the exception of the ARC reserved for the Write Like Crazy challenge winner, these are my last ARCs of Cress.
How to Bid
Comment to this blog post with your bid amount. This auction is open internationally, but all bids must be in US dollars.
(IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this from a GoodReads or Amazon feed, please click-through and bid on my actual blog at www.marissameyer.com/blog, otherwise your bids will be ignored.)
Auction #1 will end on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. PST.
Claiming Your Prize
I will contact the winning bidders within 24 hours of the auction ending. The highest bidders in each auction will have three days to donate the bid amount directly to the Global Giving Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund and send me the confirmation of their donation, along with their mailing address.
I will then match the final amounts of both auctions with my own donation to the relief fund, and send out your prize.
Donating and Other Auctions
If you would like to donate to the relief fund separate from these auctions, you can do so here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/super-typhoon-haiyan-relief-fund/
If you would like to bid on more awesome YA goodies to help the people impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, check out these auctions:
YALLFEST for the Philippines: YALLfest is auctioning off prizes from this year’s festival authors (including a signed set of Legend, Prodigy, and Champion by Marie Lu!). 100% of proceeds go to NAFCON.
Authors for Philippines: This site is being run out of the UK and you’ll have to use a currency calculator to place your bids, but there are a TON of amazing prizes – from signed books to manuscript critiques, so check it out. 100% of proceeds go to the Red Cross.