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, this book 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!