If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know that I started on a novel early this year. Unfortunately I got stuck roundabout April, seven thousand words in. By June I had decided to put that novel on ice and start over. No writing has happened since apart from what you can see on this blog. That is about to change.
As you’ll also know if you’ve ever read the About Page (if you quickly want to go check it out I’ll wait till you’re back…okay then, let’s continue) I believe in percussive maintenance, that is, if nothing else works, whack it with a hammer. A saying that’s very closely related goes that if at first you don’t succeed, use a bigger hammer…or something like that.
For my second first novel that bigger hammer will be in the form of National Novel Writing Month.
Yes, I’ll be participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. I’m quite excited about the prospect, especially since I found out you can actually win stuff by completing your 50 000 words (my main goal is that 50% discount on Scrivener – I’ve been checking out the trial version this week and must admit I’m impressed.
I’m planning on the novel being a bit longer than 50 000 words, but I reckon it’ll be a great start, seeing as last time around I only managed 7 000. This time I’m also doing some planning; not too much, but I’m at least ensuring that my novel has a basic structure before I start.
You probably want to know about the novel, right? The working title is Gift of the Dryads. It’s a Young Adult Fantasy/Thriller about a teenage girl who gets some wicked powers and has to learn to control them so she can defend her family against a sinister threat that wants to destroy them. (Hey, I think I just wrote the novel’s logline. Need to polish it a bit still, but cool!)
I don’t want to give away too much at this point as I’m still figuring it out and don’t know yet what would constitute spoilers, but I will reveal that the novel is set in South Africa, that the protagonist is a sixteen-year-old girl, that the antagonist is not human and that that the main character does not fall in love with him/it/them. I can also state unequivocally that there are no vampires, werewolves or angels involved. There might be witchdoctors, though…
I’ll reveal more as the month progresses, both here and on my author page on the NaNoWriMo website (you can also reach it by clicking the NaNoWriMo participant button in the sidebar of the Home Page).
If you’re thinking of signing up for NaNoWriMo but have no idea how to proceed, I can highly recommend these posts by Matthew Wright on the topic. They both motivated me to sign up and gave me a way to approach the whole exercise. His advice might work and it might not, but it’s as good a place as any to start.
Wish me luck, feel free to enquire after my progress, and if you’ve also signed up visit my author page and add me as your writing buddy. I’ll gladly add you back.