Against my better judgment, I’ve decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) once again this year. I know I said only a couple of posts ago that I wasn’t a big fan of simply writing for the sake of getting as many words on the paper as possible, and that’s essentially what NaNoWriMo is. However, I have to admit that some good things came out of it last year. I may not have “won” by finishing my 50,000 words, and I did end up totally scrapping the novel, but two of the short stories I wrote in preparation for the month last year ended up getting published.
More importantly, it made me a better writer. I started to figure out what works when writing such a long story, and what doesn’t. I used many of those learnings as I completed my first novella earlier this year, now under review at various publications. So in the end, it turned out to be worth it, even if I had little to show for the piece I was mainly focused on at the time. My hope is that, even if the same thing happens this year, it will once again be worth the effort for the same reasons. Of course, it’d be nice to actually finish the novel too. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
As for the story itself, I’ve been plotting it pretty extensively over the last few weeks in preparation. Even if I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, I knew this was the next story I wanted to tell. I’m pretty excited to get going on it. For those interested, it’s a Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy novel. Yup, it’s a mouthful, but it’ll make more sense at some point, I promise. With any luck, I’ll be posting updates throughout the month about my progress, and maybe even some snippets from the novel itself.
It’ll be a long month, but I have to admit… I’m looking forward to it.