Oh friends, what have I done? I agreed to do the NanoWriMo 2019 Writing Challenge.
What’s NanoWriMo, you ask? Let me explain. In their own words, it is “a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November.”
Ok, I’ve written two micronovels in less time. It’s cool, it’s cool. I’m not freaking out.
At this point, you might be asking why I actually signed up for this. Fair question. And I promise to answer it.
You see, I have this book…
Mhm. Ladies and Gents and all who care, I have a novel I’ve been working on. For two years. That is barely written. *Ouch. It hurts to admit that.*
But hear me out. It’s got a prologue and first chapter. And from preliminary beta readers, it shows a lot of promise.
This one is something different, special even…
This book means a lot to me. It’s my return to my literary roots, more full-fledged fantasy. Except with a twist. Because it’s also beautifully Southern Gothic. In this story, I get to blend my adult sophistication with my perpetual love for magic and the supernatural.
But I’ve been a bum and let this beautiful story sit. Worked on all other kinds of things, but this one had to wait. I could make great excuses for why it hasn’t happened. Nothing would really cover it, though.
So I joined the NanoWriMo 2019 Writing Challenge to hold me accountable.
And I’m writing this blog so you can hold me accountable, too. Because I need the extra encouragement. I’ve obviously done a good bit of writing this year. You know, three books and a doctorate. But hey- cakewalk, right? This is something worth pursuing, though.
What’s more is that it draws upon some themes I’ve wanted to explore in my creative writing. Things I’ve looked at professionally and not as much on a creative level. This will change that. Wish me luck on Nov. 1!
In Courage & Care,