NaNoWriMo · Writing

A New Challenge: NaNoWriMo

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!

Alexis

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