November is National Novel Writing Month. For those of you unfamiliar with the idea, its concept is simple; complete a novel consisting of a minimum of 50,000 words, written entirely in the month of November. I have attempted this literary feat on more than one occasion but must admit I was not successful. My best attempt got me to the 36,000 word range before I let other things in life take precedence.
This year, however, the timing seems perfect to complete a first draft of the latest installment in my Sugar Grove Mysteries series. I have a deadline of May 1, 2014 for my next manuscript and I haven’t started the actual writing yet. The rules of NaNoWriMO, as it is popularly called, permit outlining or any sort of planning the participant sees fit short of actual writing. I have been picking away at the plot of the story in bits and pieces, writing down questions in a notebook and slowly coming up with answers that satisfy me. I have a time, a place and a body. I even have a shadowy notion of how the corpse came to be one. I definitely know how it is discovered. I may even have an unusual hobby for the deceased which helps with the identification.
If my planning keeps going as well as it has and no one in my family comes down with the flu, I’m fairly certain I can complete a draft. Come December 1 I hope I can announce I am a NaNoWriMo Winner for the first time ever.
How about you? It’s not too late to sign up and it costs nothing to participate. I’d love to hear from other NaNo participants!