Reading during NaNoWriMo – Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds

As a libra7. Afterworldsrian, it’s very unlike me to suggest that folks take a reading hiatus, but I understand that during NaNoWriMo people have limited free time and something’s gotta give.  However, if you’re one of those who have suspended their reading in order to devote more free time to writing, I’m going to ask you to find some extra time somewhere to pick up Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds.

Afterworlds came to my attention right after this year’s epic Donation Double Up Day because in the fundraising reports that were published after, HQ announced that Westerfeld had pledged $10,000 to NaNoWriMo.  Swoon!  Just the thing to make this writer authorcrush!  It’s two stories blended into one, with alternating chapters.  Darcy is a high school graduate who recently sold her NaNoWriMo novel to a publisher and is delaying her freshman year of college to move to NYC to rewrite it; Lizzie is the protagonist in Darcy’s said novel.  That’s all I’ll say, because to really get into the plot here I think would provide too many spoilers, and part of the fun of the book is revealing the tension between author and her characters.

Ok – back to writing those 1667 words!


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