Month: October 2017

NaNoWriMo: Day Zero – She Comes Prepared

NaNoWriMo: Day Zero – She Comes Prepared

Here we are on day zero, A.K.A. the day before NaNoWriMo. For those unaware, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month: a month in which writers of the world enjoy an incredibly supportive and positive community as we all reach for that 50,000 words. That’s right, the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in a month. If you reach that goal, you win.

Last year I won with my first ever novel Ravenscrag. Unfortunately, it is still being edited. I thought about making its second draft my project for Nano this year, but it didn’t seem like the right time for it, so here I am with a new idea and a new 50k to write.

I have a great feeling about this one. Last year Nano marked my return to writing fiction after a long absence. I was very much a “pantser” last year, which means I flew by the seat of my pants with no outline or real plan for my novel before starting. Now I have a year of writing short stories under my belt and a better understanding of writing fiction. I’m aiming for my second win in a row with a great cast of characters and a story that I really love and can’t wait to write. I have a very basic outline that I struggled much of this month to actually sit down and hammer out, but the basic story structure is there. Now I have a month to put meat on these bones.

Title: Suicide House
Genre: Psychological/Supernatural Horror
Synopsis: In Maple Hill, the suicide rate is 10 times the national average. After a young man takes his life, a group of friends vow to uncover the well-guarded history of the town.

Protagonists:

Brandon Fuller – Died by suicide.
Hailey Greene – Main character and girlfriend of Brandon. You don’t want to mess with her.
Julien Davis – Brandon’s asshole best friend with a heart of gold.
Connor Fitzgerald – The smart kid. He has a blog.
Molly  Westcott – So optimistic it’s disgusting. She’ll probably read your aura.

Antagonist:
Jack Harpe A.K.A. The Suicide Killer

Bring it on November! It’s going to be a challenge but I’m ready.

Another Novel Cometh

Another Novel Cometh

With my novel, Ravenscrag, still in the desperate throes of editing, this writer is in need of a fresh start; a new idea. National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner, and I’ve decided to set aside my work on Ravenscrag and start a new novel. I need a chance of literary scenery and this should do the trick nicely.

For those of you who aren’t aware, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is usually abbreviated, is an annual competition where the goal is to write a novel within the month of November. That’s 50,000 words minimum, which breaks down to 1,667 words per day. If you complete your 50,000 words on time, you win! It was during November of last year that I wrote Ravenscrag (why yes I have been really slow with the editing, thank you for noticing) and I had a blast doing it. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as getting to the end and realizing you wrote a book in a month.

I’m doing things a little differently this year. I am a “pantser” to my core, which means I tend to write without an outline and just see where the story takes me. This year, I am going to try my hand at this whole planning thing and see how it affects the coming together of my novel. Being new to planning my writing, I found a great online workshop with daily exercises and assignments that should help me get the skeleton of my story in shape, so that come November 1st, I can start throwing meat on the bones.

I’ll post more information on the novel I’ll be writing as I flesh it out my idea a little bit. All I can say for now is that it’s called Suicide House, and it will be a psychological/supernatural horror. Stay tuned for more Nano prep in the coming weeks.