A month that evokes a whole range of emotions in writers everywhere.
Fear. Awe. Excitement. Apprehension. Eagerness. Irritation.
Care to add a few?
Why, you might ask?
Well, because it’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), that’s why!
Of course it isn’t. Last year I competed. Last year, I conquered. And I did so whilst rewriting the second of the Holloway Pack stories alongside my NaNo project.
Although, I did only scrape through by the skin of my teeth.
Now … admittedly, this year, I almost didn’t sign up.
Well, I simply have waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many projects awaiting completion that in no way, shape, or form, could I begin a new project and risk those going by the wayside—especially as my editor is waiting on a couple of them. But, after chatting with a couple of writer buddies, and listening to their words that NaNo is aaaaaaaaall about the word count—the ability to consistently write on a daily basis to keep those creational juices flowing—I decided I would cheat a little (encouraged by said writer buddies) and use my 50K word count to complete all of my unfinished projects.
So … my (projected) tasks for NaNo are to complete:
Caged (A Holloway Pack Story, #3) – currently sitting pretty at 92,000 words
Eternal (A Holloway Pack Story, #0.5) – a little over 10k—so around halfway complete
Emerge from Darkness (working title—a novella I began but got sidetracked by Caged at around 8k) – I have noooooooooooo idea how long this beauty will turn out
JJ (deffo a working title—a little something I began and have the entire premise for but stalled when the Holloway Pack decided to take over my life) – a short novella, I imagine, or a long short.
Guise (a novel(la) I had an idea for a couple months back, that Julie Reece sent me a TONNE of research material for and has been waiting for me to bring it to life) – pathetically awaiting attention at around 700 words.
And when I have those out of the way, I shall start on a short story for Sean & Jem, as well as novel number 4 of the Holloway Pack Stories (which just happens to have the first chapter already written).
If all of those don’t blast me over the 50k mark like a rocket-fuelled fiend, then I might be in literary trouble.
How about you? What plans do you have for NaNo (if any)?
Check back on Nov 1st, when I shall be (officially) announcing another Judge Julie contest between the (crazy) couple of authors who’re using NaNo as an excuse to battle it out—only, this time, it’s with a difference.