NaNoWriMo has started and thousands of people round the world are tackling new novels, aiming to finish 50,000 words in 1 month! This is a bit of a sprint but it has some great advantages (see this post for more details).
I try to be honest and share my writing journey on this blog. I have now written 3 non-fiction books, I’m pretty good with internet marketing, but I seriously have no experience with writing fiction novels. I read like a maniac though so I know what I like. I also know I am capable of writing 150,000 words (with wicked editing, it will be a 100,000 word novel!)
So I thought I would try it this month with an idea I have been playing around with for months. I will update with short videos every few days, and here’s the first one with highlights below.
Highlights from the video:
- I realise that I have not planned enough and find myself writing disjointed plot sections and extra notes as things appear in my head. I am bubbling with ideas, but it is not directed at writing in sequence. (Maybe this is not an issue right now though!)
- I need to research more in order to write, e.g. my protagonist knows Krav Maga, hand to hand combat developed in Israel, but I don’t know enough to write in detail about it.
- I know about my protagonist, Morgan. She is a kick-butt heroine, kind of Lara Croft meets Bones (Tempe Brennan). She is also a parapsychologist which directs the theme of the book. But I don’t want to write back story about her. I am mindful of the Back Story post by Rachelle Gardner last week, so need to bring in more action and less ‘telling’.
- I do have a song for the mood of the book. It’s ‘Kryptonite’ by 3 Doors Down and you can listen on Blip.fm. I was driving this afternoon and this song speeds the heart and races the mind (for me anyway!). I want my novel to be like this too. A book that makes you want to drive too fast! Watch this space for a fast paced thriller!
Let me know how NaNoWriMo is going for you – or any other works in progress this month!