November 1. It ushers in the Thanksgiving season. It’s possibly a day that starts out with a sugar hangover from October 31.
For writers of all skill levels, it’s the start of NaNoWriMo.
National Novel Writing Month is a challenge for anyone with the itch to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and 30. It can be any genre, some even “rebel” and write non fiction.
On the site, there are forums that include people from the same area to meet and write together at a coffee shop or library. Boards where they can whine or brag, depending on how the writing is going. There is also social media space dedicated to the cause with word sprints—giving a prompt to write in a timed deadline. Some will post in a group that they are starting to write in hopes of capturing 1k words in an hour. There are also groups of writers who aren’t participating, but want to encourage the others on.
A “win” is getting the 50k in before the end of the month. I’ve won once, and I’m telling you, it takes discipline and an isolation in my case that my family begged me not to repeat. The blessing is that win, after several re-writes and changes is the book you know as ENTRUSTED.
These days, I take November to hammer out a rough draft. If I get 10k in, great. 20k? Awesome. I tend to travel during this month, and that makes writing difficult.
This year I’m starting a new contemporary romance series called Surrendering Opinions. It’s about sextuplets who were thrust in the limelight due to their unique birth story, and stay in America’s heart because of tragedy. Now in their 20’s, each sibling wants to find their own identity and perhaps a love like their parents shared. Book 1, ANCHORED, features the oldest of the six, Jordyn.
Jordyn Bell Collins is the oldest of the group and believes she’s in charge of them all, including making sure their father is okay. Jordyn’s bent on being the best in everything she does—at home, with her siblings, and at her job at the local news station. Problem is, things are changing, and she’s losing her grip on everything she thought she held. Can co anchor Spencer Hart let go of his goals to help Jordyn find freedom through surrendering her need to control everything?
I’m excited to get started, and I’m praying I don’t forget my family or that I need interaction with humans. I’m also trying to wrap up Book 1 in the Middle Grade series, Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’, I’m writing with our daughter. It’s almost done, and I’m so proud of it. It’s a great book for tweens and women to find freedom through surrender together. I’ll keep you posted!
How about you? What are your November plans? Anyone participating in NaNoWriMo?