Last year around this time, I found myself staring down the barrel of November and wondering if I should go for it. Go for NaNoWriMo, that is. In the end, I chickened out. To be fair, I had a lot on my plate. At that time I was sewing like a madwoman and trying to get everyones’ Christmas presents finished in time.
Things have slowed down a little – at least in that department. I’ve been at my current job longer, I’m working four instead of five days a week – and I think…I think it’s time.
I haven’t completed a novel in over five years. Closest I have come is the 30,000 word novella I wrote for my little sisters and brother last year. I don’t think I’m a novelist, and I’ve come to realize this over the past year – I just work better with shorter fiction.
But I still want to finish a novel. Officially. You know, not one I scribbled in a notebook when I was nine.
I think I can do it this year. I think I can tackle NaNo and win. If you’ll recall, I participated in the Story-a-Day May challenge earlier this year and wrote 31 stories in 31 days. I didn’t think I could do that challenge, I just wanted to try. But I did it. I conquered.
And I think I can conquer NaNo.
I’ve been plotting a story idea for awhile now. It takes the main character from my short story, ‘The Red Hand’, and speaks of his beginning. I’ve finished a rough outline, some character sketches and notes, and am currently working on a more detailed outline. I’m really excited about this and hope to finish “God’s Thunder” before the end of November.
Wish me luck!