Tuesday, November 1, 2011

National Novel Writing Month

So it begins!!

I decided to go with the The Quest for the Golden Apple, my middle grade project. Last week, I was so excited about this story that I caved in. My inner plotter cracked its knuckles and pounded out 9,000 words (which I'll deduct from my total word count at the end of the month). The story flowed onto the paper without much effort. It felt absolutely lovely.

It turns out that I will have two pov characters--Malik Ross and Nevan Newquist. They're very dissimilar and have unique voices. It will be written in past tense, 3rd person limited. Although, I'm still toying with the idea of trying out present tense. I've never written a ms in this tense, so it would be a challenge.

Which is exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for in my NaNo experience.

So, yeah. Why not. Present tense it is (weird how I tend to make split second decisions while writing my blog, thereby setting myself up for failure). So instead, I'll say that I'll try out present tense and if it doesn't work for the story, I won't force it.

What about you? Are any of you participating in NaNo? What type of story are you working on? Are you trying something new and different? Is this a story you've been wanting to write for a while, but had gotten too busy with other projects to work on it? Have you participated in NaNo before? Or is this your first time?

May the muse be with you.


  1. I'm working on a new MG for NaNo, too, and having a blast! Let me know if you need a beta down the road. Happy writing!

  2. Hi Ruth,
    Thank you so much for the offer. I've never written a MG, and I need all the assistance and advice I can get. I bow down to your expertise.

  3. Good luck with Nano lady. I so didn't have time to do it this year (sigh). Maybe next year though. So cool you're working on a MG. I've been wanting to try one, but have to come up witha concept (LOL).

    I'm still trying to figure out what my next project will be after I'm done doing edits/applying crits/beta stuff for my current YA.

    Good luck lady...

  4. Thanks Rebekah,
    I'm having a blast with this project. It's been quite easy to write compared to my last project. Maybe because I really love the characters. I'm at 30k, so I still have a ways to go to reach my Nano goal, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    Good luck with the edits:) They're always fun.


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