30 October 2011

That Time of Year

Those grueling yet rewarding 30 days of novel-writing. It's nearly November, and to those of us who are aspiring authoresses, that means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost here. And yes, I will be taking part this year and fully intend to put my best effort toward reaching 50,000 words before 11:59 P.M. on November 30th.

You know what happened last year — to summarize it, I basically tried to finish Violets Are Blue with NaNo and it went horribly. I had already reached 20,000 words in VAB; winning NaNo in 2010 would mean I'd have to make my book over 70,000 words long. While 70,000 words is by no means an exhaustive word count, my own plot was much smaller, and reaching that many words was not possible at the time.

I have a new idea this year. One that I quite like (almost as much as VAB). And as treachorous as I feel for turning my back on a potential book called Autumn Roses, which was to be a sequel to Violets Are Blue, I much prefer to start with a blank page, with characters I do not yet know very well and with whom I hope to grow quite companionable by December. (And yes, it is going to be historical fiction again -- how ever did you guess? :))

Here is a short summary of my NaNo 2011 novel:

A naiive young woman who wants nothing more than to marry well and sit in the lap of luxury all the rest of her days. A son who would defy his father to pursue something he believes in with all his heart and soul. A man willing to give everything -- even his life -- for a cause. Told from three different perspectives,  shows the many effects of war and how it has the power to change dramatically even the most stubborn of hearts.

Out of curiosity, if you read that summary on the back of a book in Barnes & Noble, would you read it? 

That was the good news. Now comes the bad melancholy news. I will not be posting on this blog during November. You see, my schedule is far too busy to do NaNo and continue blogging. I would put my best effort into it, but I really don't think it would work out and I want to focus all my time and energy on my novel. However, my little alcove will not be abandoned. I have scheduled four Sunday Blessings posts to publish each Lord's Day of November. I also have arranged for several dear ladies to guest post on this blog over the course of the month. There will be at least two new posts up on Literary Lane each week. You will not be left without anything to read. 

Don't worry -- that's the end of the bad news. And I have more good news: just a month ago, Literary Lane reached 200 followers. In honor of this most exciting landmark, I'm hosting a month-long giveaway this month that each of you will have opportunity to enter. This giveaway will open up on November 1st and run until 11:59 P.M. on November 30th. So keep your eye on this little blog o' mine.

That's all I have to say for now. I hope to see you in December with 50,000 words under my belt! And to those of you who are joining me in this writing extravaganza, we can do this. :)

Adios, au revoir, and auf wiedersehen, dear ladies!

7 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see how your novel turns out, dear! I love the plot. :)

    Hmm, I'll certainly be entering that giveaway of yours!

    Love,
    ~bree

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  2. Yes, it is certainly better to start with a whole new set of characters: I thought about doing what you tried to do last year this year, and I decided it couldn't work. It's very difficult to write that amount, when you care so much about a story, as every word must be perfect.

    I noticed you said that you don't completely agree with the principles of Nanowrimo, and I partly agree with you, although I think it can be useful to write - not exactly for the sake of it, but without as many obstacles as we might have normally. While I hope my time spent doing Nanowrimo will be time well spent, with a relatively good piece of writing at the end of it, I do like the idea of spending a month just writing, and literally just letting all your ideas and thoughts spill out onto the page. Rarely do I give myself that freedom to not edit and re-edit and comb over everything only moments after I've written a few paragraphs.

    Just some thoughts! :)

    ~Abby

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  3. I DEFINITELY would read a book with that summary on the back cover! Especially if it was a pretty cover. :)

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

    - Victoria (http://raindropsandmoonlight)

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  4. Good luck with Nanowrimo! I hope you enjoy the ride. :-) Would you like to be "writing buddies"?

    http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/theeditrix

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  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on NaNoWriMo, Elizabeth! I think I am getting a good idea of what its like now :). I really think the summary of your new story sounds attractive and worth reading!! (hay, I love writing historical fiction too!)
    :(, we'll miss you on blogger, but I hope you all the best for your writing endeavors! And congratulations for reaching 200 followers... your blog has been a great encouragement to all of us!!
    God bless,
    ~Joy
    http://joy-live4jesus.blogspot.com/?zx=6bc4635af40edd01

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  6. I think I probably would want to read it if I read that description in Barnes and Noble. Now, the question is whether I'd have any money I could spend on books! =) I like historical fictions. That's what my NaNo novel was last year. My nano username is writing_maiden.

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  7. Your plot sounds marvelous, Lizzy! Haha, what a coincidence - my main character is named Elena as well! I won't be on Blogger much during November either, so best of luck, and I'll you see you on the far side of NaNoWriMo!

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