Last year I successfully participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
Then for the next ten months, the novel haunted me. It begged for more scenes, fewer words, more tension, deeper relationships. I loved the characters and couldn’t believe the world wouldn’t want to know about them.
But after a year of studying craft and writing short stories and editing my first full-length novel, I’ve realized, though perhaps my first novel doesn’t completely suck, it’s not very good. It’s time to move on.
And so, though I swore I wouldn’t do it this year, I have signed up for NaNoWriMo 2016 (aaaargh!). Today, similar to what the rest of the world does on the first of January, I am joining writers throughout the world and setting my writing goals. This month:
- I will write at least 50,000 words toward a new novel.
- I will do this while keeping up with my Graduate level short-story writing class, which doesn’t end until December.
- I will not stop exercising.
- I will share encouragement and writing articles with my fellow sufferers by tweeting at @brathhoover.
- I will work full-time throughout the process because we’re on a critical project deadline.
- Should I decide to spend time with family and friends, or just make my house homier, or become too exhausted to continue, then the rest of my goals will be tossed to the wind and I will sigh with pleasure as I watch them drift away on the billowy gray clouds floating above the evergreen pines in my front yard (poetic, huh?)
In case you’re wondering, my new story starts in New York City and is primarily set in Ireland. It’s about a New York City software programmer, Carlin ‘Carly’ Blake, who plans a dream tour of coastal Ireland with her coworker and hopefully soon-to-be fiance, only to have her their project deadline delayed in the weeks before they’re to leave. Her chivalrous future fiance, Graham Olhouser, stays in NYC to wrap up their project. He promises to meet her in time to visit the Cliffs of Moher, where she fully expects a proposal. But for Carly, things never work out as expected.
As the month progresses, I’ll share photos from the locations Carly visits.
Thanks for traveling with me!