It’s mid-October, which means November will be here soon and November, for many writers, means NaNoWriMo time.
This would be my fourth NaNo. My first was in 2010 with the Tudor-set Iggy, the second was with the first draft of what became The Keegans of Banner’s Edge, the third (last year) was a contemporary New Adult story that was so much fun to write, but I never had any intention of continuing it on. I’ve won with all three, though last year’s was the earliest and probably the easiest win.
This year, I’m doing NaNo for the first draft of my next novel, which doesn’t have a title yet. But it’s half historical and half contemporary and I’m really excited. It’s hard to write as much as NaNo requires and do the research necessary for a historical fiction book, so I think NaNo will help me get scenes and ideas down, but that the contemporary half will be easier to throw down during the month.
I don’t want to say that I’ll get to 50,000 for granted–but I am hoping for 50,000 coherent words that won’t take another three years to polish.
I learned last year that I can, actually, outline an entire book and write it, so I’ll be spending the last week of October doing an outline for the project.
I put up the basic summary for the story on my NaNo page yesterday:
The picture up there has nothing to do with NaNo. I had my first Guinness last night and being half Irish, it felt momentous enough to take a crappy camera phone picture of my drink. Or not.
What are you doing for NaNoWriMo?