It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
I’m a big fan of NaNoWriMo. I’ve participated on and off for the past ten years, with varying success. I’ve used NaNoWriMo as a way to try out a new story idea to see if it’ll work, as well as just writing something fun, a low-pressure break for my brain. Some years I’ve “cheated” and used the time to work on another draft of something. (I have to say those times were never as much fun.)
Past NaNovels include:
- a high-concept romance novel I had mostly plotted out beforehand, abandoned after about 20K and 15 days due to a shoulder injury that made typing painful. (I still have the notes though, I may try to shape it up.)
- an introspective novel about finding your place in the world after the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, I pantsed this one, jumping in on November 3 with literally nothing more than a name and the idea that a road trip would be involved, and so my introspective women’s fiction ended up being a sort-of parody of Supernatural that I still want to make happen.
- an idea I’d had in my head since I was a teen that I decided to just write for fun. Just a love story, no one’s gonna see it. Yeah, just finished revising that one for the Nth time.
- something utterly ridiculous involving vampire zombies (I don’t even know), wherein the goal was to work in as many Monkees songs as possible. Abandoned. Can’t imagine why.
I’m much more of a pantser than a plotter when it comes to NaNo, but I like to at least have a loose road map of where I’m going. I haven’t nailed down this year’s story, but given my obsession with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. this summer, and the fact that the Blu-Ray will come out in November, I’m thinking there will have to be some snarky, sexy spies in there somewhere.
November’s just around the corner, and I have my profile set up. Feel free to say hi or to friend me. It’s gonna be a good time!