Just a few days until the madness begins.
I heard about National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) late in October last year. I had no outline, no conception of a plot or climax; only a newspaper article that I had kept from 10 years ago about a wild horse sanctuary in Nevada. During a writing class I took many years ago, I developed three characters that had found their way into my mind and visited often. I introduced them to each other and they proceeded to tell me their story.
Honestly, each day I sat in front of my computer with no preconceived notion of what I would write next. Yet, the characters knew and took me to places I could never have imagined and by the end of November, Burning Embers became a reality.
NANOWRIMO gives me the push I need to finally compose the novel that dances around in my head like bits of a tune whose words I can’t remember. For those who have never taken the challenge, it is every procrastinators dream and nightmare, but well worth the effort.
Thursday, I will begin writing the sequel to my first novel. This time I have developed an outline and will introduce a few new characters who have stopped by for a visit. I haven’t really had time to get to know them, but I’m sure they will introduce themselves and unveil their true identity as the month progresses.
I’ve given fair warning to my family, stocked up on extra coffee and cleared a few hours each day on the calendar. I’m excited and apprehensive. It’s not an easy challenge, but most things in life that are worth it come with a price. Can’t wait to see how the story unfolds.
Interested in joining me? Visithttp://nanowrimo.org
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I’m really pumped to start NaNoWriMo myself, I know come mid-Novemeber my excitement will no doubt wane. 😉 Good luck to all the fellow NoNa-ers out there.
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