Why am I participating in #NANOWRIMO2016? Is it because I have oodles of free time? No. It is because I think this will be my masterpiece? The one that propels me to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List? Perhaps, but I doubt it. Is it because I’m flush with spare brain cells that are oozing with creative thoughts? Maybe, but I am not certain about that.
The reason why I’m participating in NANOWRIMO is because it’s fun. It’s a personal challenge to tap into my inner fiction persona. I have been mulling a three-book cozy mystery series based on the Alexandria Bay, Thousand Islands area. I have fallen in love with cozy mysteries and have an idea that I think will not only sustain me through the 50,000 words necessary for November and the NANO challenge. But I think this book has legs to carry it through the three-book series.
This is the first time I have plotted my NANO novel. In the past I have been a pantser and let me tell you, by about 30,000 words I faced the dreaded “sagging middle.” That part of the novel when you have no idea what’s going to happen next. You don’t know what your characters are going to do? Frankly you don’t even care what they are going to do or want to do. You just want to finish the damn 50,000 words so you can be declared a “winner” then toss the novel into the virtual trash.
I feel invested in this novel this year. I feel as though I know my protagonist. I can understand her logic and feel her pain when she is dragged into the fray of amateur sleuthing. I know the area in which my fictional world will be set. I have walked the streets about which I will be writing.
Sure, I’ll be taking creative license — it is a work of fiction after all. I am feeling pumped. This is the year that not only will I complete the novel, but I will be invested in the task of editing that goes along with having penned 50,000 words in 30 days. (In case you’re wondering, that is 1,667 words per day. EVERY day from November 1 to November 30.)
I write more than 1,667 words daily now when I am immersed in my client work. Fiction is a different beast. It is tapping into a different part of my brain than I do when I am being analytical about blog post crafting. I tell my clients (and my business cards read, “Everything is story…” Nonfiction. Easy. Fiction. Not-so-easy!
Today is my last “free” day. Tomorrow I jump into my River Mystery series. Ready. Set. Write!
Are you participating in NANOWRIMO? If so, let’s friend one another on the site and encourage each other to the finish line!