Next month is National Novel Writing Month, or NANOWRIMO, and for the third year I’ll be a part of this global challenge. The challenge? Write fifty thousand words of a new project between November 1st and November 30th. The words all need to be written during that time. No rewriting of older work, no starting the project early. To achieve it you should write 1667 words per day, every day, in order to keep up. If you write more words in one day, that puts you ahead of the game, but the more you keep up with the writing, the more likely it is you’ll finish.
Mind you, this isn’t going to be a finished book. It will be a rough draft, something to edit into something that can be a sellable project. Acknowledging that this isn't a completed project gives the the option to play with ideas rather than committing yourself to making it letter perfect. That can come later during the editing phase.
My plan is to write a new Hollywood After Dark book, as that has been a pretty popular series. I’m thinking of doing a story about a vampire who decides to take a cruise, inviting along her long-time psi male companion and then finding out someone has hired a male shifter to be her bodyguard while on the trip. Maybe the guys get together and end up with her as well. Three in a bed is always such an interesting number. And then there is also the possibility of someone falling overboard, needing to be rescued, the three of them ending up on a deserted island...
So many interesting ideas to cover--and only thirty days to make them happen. I’ll have to let you know next month how it is going.
Janet Miller/Cricket Starr