If you’re an author or up coming writer who has never participated in NANOWRIMO, you may be asking yourself–what’s the point? I wanted to share with you my experience and get you excited about this opportunity to come up with a new plot and push yourself to write, write, write.
Admittedly, I didn’t participate in 2011, however, I jumped in feet first in 2010. On Halloween day, and i still had no idea what I was going to write about. Earlier in the day, I had skimmed over the news and seen something about a kidnapping that sparked my interest. I generally write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, so I knew I’d have to give a kidnapping story a spin that would blow readers away in order to make the thirty days work for me.
I did some quick research and found information about a playground in Alabama. Several children had been abducted and subsequently, their bodies were all found in this playground. Morbid–I know! However, it gave me the idea for a novel that was eventually released in September 2012 called Becoming Jolie. I’m not a plotter by any stretch of the imagination, so I made a few quick notes and decided I had nothing to lose by giving it a shot.
Before you start making excuses, hear me out. I was working a full-time job, taking care of my children and husband, dealing with constant migraines and doing all of the things that we all do just to keep things going. The only thing I required of myself is that I would write at least thirty minutes a day, even if that meant staying up until everyone else was in bed. This wasn’t difficult for me, because that’s pretty much the best time for me to write anyway.
Here is the great part–I almost psyched myself out in the beginning. I kept thinking there was no way I could write 50,000 in 30 days, especially with all the balls I had in the air. I had to keep reminding myself that nothing horrible would happen if I didn’t make it. A wonderful thing happened though, the more I wrote, the more the words flowed. I finished Becoming Jolie and met my Nanowrimo goal in 18 days!
That book has turned out to be a fan favorite. Of course, it went through changes and edits. In fact, the finished product after Nanowrimo had some major point of view issues, as I was quite green when I set out to finish it. My point is, you never know what will happen if you challenge yourself to participate. Have fun with it and relax–no one will beat you if you don’t finish!
So I know you’re going to ask…am I going to do it this year? I am currently working on a novel and a short story. What better way to push myself to get them completed?
Ready! Set! Go! Here is the link to the site –Go ahead–Sign up – http://www.nanowrimo.org/
Interested in the novel created during Nanowrimo 2010? Here’s a link, blurb and the cover just for you:
Jolie Bourque is trying to finish her thesis on mass hysteria and get on with her life. Enter Follette, Louisiana. The small town has been plagued by ghost sightings and a rash of missing children. She is convinced everyone in town is crazy — except Hutch Landry and his brother Tucker.
The brothers seem to be the only people willing to help when she starts asking questions. Just when
she thinks things can’t get any crazier, she begins to have dreams and visions of her own. Uncovering the town’s ties to her own life throws Jolie into a tailspin.
Can she survive the madness that is Follette, Louisiana? Who is preying on the town’s children? Can Jolie afford to fall in love while drowning in madness? If she does — how on earth will she choose between brothers?
It’s all just part of the journey to Becoming Jolie.
Comment and let me know if you plan to participate and are reaching your goals!
Monique O’Connor James
Author of The Keepers, The Watchers, Jamais Vu, Deja Vu, The Mulligan Man, Magia Rising & Becoming Jolie
Coming soon: Muscial Scares & Black Water Bayou