It is October 31st, 2013, one day before NaNoWriMo and I am charged and excited! I can’t wait to begin work on my new novel, Linus. Right now this is all that *I* know about the book –
The Cover for my NaNoWriMo novel
Lucy van Pelt is dying from cancer and her brother is distraught. As old school chums come together for a reunion in the fall, something darker is at work. The friends have gathered to support Lucy and say goodbye, but Linus is going to make a bargain to save his sister. How far is he willing he go? Is he just crazy? Everyone knows there’s no such thing as The Great Pumpkin Spirit . . . or is there?
As you can read, there isn’t much to go on right now. Yet, for me, this is the fun part. I sit on the edge of a great adventure, as I have no idea where the story will lead me or how it will finish. We will all just have to be patient and see how it plays out.
NaNoWriMo is always an exciting and challenging writing experience because I never really know what is going to come out of it until it is all over. In 2009, I wrote The Hunter during NaNoWriMo. The book was about a young 17th Century English country girl who finds herself suddenly immersed in a world of demons, witches, and necromancers after she awakes to find her family has been slaughtered while she slept. While technically The Hunter was a “win” (it was over 50,000 words), I was never happy with the ending. So I have never really done anything with The Hunter. I should remedy that someday.
While The Hunter is not yet a critical success, it did allow me to prove to myself that I can write a novel. It is certainly what gave me the strength of will to believe that I could create Welcome to Mortiston, USA, which is a critical success. Thus I have a lot of hope going into this year’s competition.
Most people probably don’t look at NaNoWriMo as a competition, but I do. It is a competition against myself. It is a competition against my lazy nature. It is a competition against all of the negative, nay-saying, nincompoop attitudes that I try to force myself to believe about myself. Beyond simply finishing, this year’s goal for NaNoWriMo: Create a saleable book and sell it.
Most people would be happy just to finish NaNoWriMo, but I am far different from most. I write daily, so I do have an advantage over those who don’t. However, I rarely put out 1,666 words in a single day. My totals are usually about half to three-quarters that number of words. In addition, my subject matter is almost always chosen for me by someone else. This experience will be quite liberating in that regard, but as we all know, freedom can be frightening.