So November is coming, which means the start of another NaNoWriMo! And I am so excited and motivated this year to finally write an entire first draft of my novel.
If any of you have no clue what I am talking about, and think I just hit the keyboard with that weird string of letters…let me break it down for you.
NaNo is an organization that encourages people to write their entire first draft of their novel (50,000-60,000 words) within the month of November. And it is an organization that has been near and dear to my heart for the past five years, because it has lead me to a community of like-minded people at a time when I was really lost at the beginning of my studies. As silly and dramatic as it sounds, getting involved in a writing community has helped me discover and chase my writing dreams, no matter how impossible they will be.
You can check out NaNo’s website if you want to learn all about it, participate in it, or just have a clue about what the heck I am doing with my time!
Or if you would rather hear about NaNo in my own words, I even wrote an article describing the process for my college’s paper that you can check out here.
But the reason I am writing this in a blog is because this year I am a serious participant. Before now, I was only writing for fun. I would join in on word sprints with some of my favorite authors on Twitter, frequently update my word count in between classes or my work schedule. I was never really concerned about doing more than just getting words on paper in my free time.
And now, things are different. My workload is light (aka still job hunting). I have no more classes (at the moment) that I need to focus on and write papers for. I have had a summer of adventures, meeting all new people from all different sorts of backgrounds in new environments, and unforgettable experiences that I would like to translate into some stories. And I want to continue my momentum from the summer to chase my dreams. So becoming a published author won’t happen if I don’t first put in the time and write the first draft.
And to prove how serious I am this year, I am going to share some of my story details on my blog…and that way all of my followers can hold me accountable and push me when I start running out of steam halfway through the month. Or even only a couple of days in.
This year I am working on a fantasy novel (and remember this is just a very rough draft that is all subject to change because I will probably hate it).
And my title is…
Totally lame, I know. I had some help from a fantasy title generator. And hopefully it will evolve when I have more written. But I need a place to start.
Once I actually begin my writing (that will count towards my word count goals) November 1st, this story will be about adventure, romance, action, and drama––all of my favorite topics. And I am hear to write the book that I would want to read, so let’s see how this goes.
So far, I have some basic characteristics for my characters:
Heroine is a doer, headstrong, solo traveler, independent, and questions everything around her.
Hero is fearless and reckless, lives without consequences.
Medieval Fantasy World
Maybe the rest will come to me once I finally begin writing. Like their names maybe? Fingers crossed.
What I have so far may sound familiar to some of you, who have listened to me ramble on about my favorite series, because that author, Sarah J. Maas and Jane Austen (who are my two favorite authors) are my inspiration for my own writing. And at the moment, my genre probably comes from the TOG reread I have been participating in, in preparation for the final book release in a few days.
If you are interested in keeping up with my progress, and in holding me accountable, you can view my daily word count stats here.
In addition, I could use some more writing buddies! So please share if you are participating, too, and we can push each other!
I’ll leave you with a small excerpt:
“And just before I curl up on my couch with my latest book, is there a firm and quiet knock on my door.
Not unusual for this time of day, just before everyone has made it home for dinner, the sun only just beginning it’s descent. But it was the actual knock that made her suspicious. Her friends yell through the door or barge in. Her neighbors are more hesitant to knock at all, and usually pair it with a chirped hello before barging in.”
Ok, now I am going back to my writing cave to start plotting. Wish me luck and no writer’s block!