I finished NaNoWriMo strong with 50,963 words, and found time to write for at least 30 minutes almost every single day in November! It was good to get the gears turning again, especially since the last couple years for me have been spent focusing on producing theatre and not writing novels.
I learned a lot this past month, and gained a lot of lost confidence too. I choose a project that was solely for fun, and that gave me a lot of freedom to write without needing the story or characters or scenes to be good in any way! Rather, I was giving myself the freedom to write a bad scene, or change something on the fly just so I could experiment with writing styles. After all, I wouldn’t have to go back and edit it later!
At the end, I got about half-way through the novel I had plotted for NaNoWriMo, but along the way had finally gotten the inspiration to figure out the details for the big novel I have been building in my brain since finishing Polarity. Here’s a little teaser.
There is a story that I am quite passionate about, but I feel like it always gets told wrong. Horrible situations are romanticized; ambigious characters are glorified; fear is flattened where it should be terrifying. I waited and waited for someone to tell this story right, or even historically correct. Finally, I decided that I would just try to do it myself.
Now, I didn’t want people to come in with their expectations. This isn’t a love story. It isn’t simple. And it certainly isn’t a kid’s story. So I had to find ways to mix it up, to subvert those expectations so that they can see the story that I see. A story about political intrigue. A story about slavery and manipulation. A story about great fear and good reason for it. A story where a young woman defies the men who try to control her and finds the courage to fight for what is right.
That’s all the clues I’m going to drop for now. I have been working hard on worldbuilding, pinteresting, and writing some short story excercises to get to know my setting and characters before I dive into writing in a couple weeks. I’ll be sure to share more tidbits with you as I go and I look forward to sharing this novel with you in the future. I hope you will see the amazing story that I see when you do.
Do you have a story you want to tell but you have no idea where to begin? NaNoWriMo this November is the perfect time to get that story out of your imagination and onto paper! And I want to help you be successful in not only finally starting your story, but writing 50,000 words of it in just 30 days.
Have coffee with me every Monday morning in October at 10am and where I will share a crash course on how I prepare for NaNoWriMo. These 4 brief prep sessions will tackle… Week 1: Why – Theme & Premise Week 2: Who, When, & Where – Character, Backstory, & Location Week 3: What – Plot Week 4: How – Pull It All Together
The world needs your story, and there is no time like November to write it!
I have prepared for National Novel Writing Month and succeeded in writing at least 50,000 words just in the month of November every year I have participated since 2013. The first draft of all three of my published novels – The Keeper, The Varken, and Polarity – were written during NaNoWriMo!
Prep Sessions will be livestreamed on my Facebook page and then uploaded to Instagram.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve updated on my writing…probably because it’s been a hot minute since I’d really had time to write for myself!
Over the past few months, I have been busy with my new full-time job at Solace Theatre, fundraising and producing our second musical. I’m still learning how to find balance in my life, and how to stew up the motivation to write.
I have queried a lot of agents for Polarity, and that has been a big hang up for me with writing. I have had a difficult moving on from Polarity, and I’m ready for it to be out there, out of my hands. That story was written for such a specific chapter in my own life, and I’m ready to close that chapter.
Ready to let go.
So, in order to free myself to use my non-working-time to write and tell stories, rather than feeling the burden to keep querying. I am very proud of Polaris, but I know the next thing I write will be that much better, so I’m ready to move forward.
I won’t be taking a very long time – or spending a lot of money – to get it out, ideally before our next big production in June. I’m currently on my eighth and final pass at the manuscript, and I’m ready to finally share it with you all.