Welcome to the first edition of Here There Be Spoilers. You have been warned.
This November, for NaNoWriMo, I plan start my fourth novel. I thought it might be interesting to others, and provide accountability for me, to post my notes as I plan and then eventually my drafts as I write them in November. It’s a terrifying prospect, but I’m also excited about it.
If you’re not familiar with National Novel Writing Month, it’s a crazy, crazy challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, starting with nothing but your notes and a stockpile of caffeine. I’ve “won” November NaNo once and failed to win it several times. There are Camp NaNo’s in April and July where you can set your own word count and write anything, and I’ve won those about as often as I’ve lost them. It may be that I’m bad at setting reasonable goals, or just that I’m excellent at diving into something ridiculous and difficult.
The novel I’m currently trying to pull from the ether will be my fourth, and it’s actually an attempt to strip back my first (really, truly terrible) novel to its barest roots and then try to grow an entirely different tree from it. My second novel exists in handwritten first draft form (it was my first NaNo win), and the third is partially finished and I’m frankly a little bit bored with it. And so onward, and backward, to glory.
The premise, so far, of this year’s novel:
In a far future Earth, perhaps one parallel to ours, a woman working as a traveling librarian gets pulled, against her will, into the life of a young girl she meets along her route. When she accidentally kills the girl’s abusive father, the two flee on the librarian’s motorcycle. Adventures ensue.
My hope is to update this blog once a week or so over the next five weeks, as close to daily as possible during NaNo, and then as makes sense after November when I’m finishing the first draft, making revisions, or wondering where I went wrong.
I hope you’ll come along for the ride!