So I’m a day late posting this, but happy NaNoWriMo to those of you who are participating this year!
I am happy to report that I am participating this year and thought I’d take a second to talk about my project.
My project is currently untitled, but it follows Ava Greene, a psychic, who, after seven years, returns to her hometown. It’s an adult paranormal/mystery, and as of today I’m a little over 3k into the story.
I’m most excited this year because I’m stepping out of my comfort zone. My books usually always end up being fantasy mixed with other genres. But this year I decided to do something different, and I’m excited to see how it turns out, even if it goes horribly.
The idea for Ava’s story was actually inspired by a story my dad was telling me about a real-life psychic. (Can’t remember the guy’s name, so I’ll have to look that up later.) After that the rest of her story kind of just came to me in pieces. I’ve been figuring it out as I go, quite literally winging it –because I’ve done no prepping for this novel whatsoever.
I have to say it feels good to be participating in NaNo this year. Last year I wasn’t able to because it was right around the release of Clara and Ezra, but this year I decided to go for it, even though I’ll admit I rarely ever make it to the 50k mark.
While participating in NaNo, I’m also still editing Clara and Daphne. I’m trying to make time for both projects every day, but obviously I’ve made reaching my word count a priority because I figured if I’m really going to participate this year I should at least give it my all.
For those of you also participating in NaNo, I wish you the best of luck! This sort of challenge is never easy, but remember, try your best and don’t give up. Really the only way you can lose is if you give up altogether. Set little goals for yourself and work toward those. Reward yourself as often as possible because, trust me, every bit of encouragement helps. Tell your friends and family about your book and get excited about it. 50k is a great start to your first draft, even if it’s sh*t.
And for those of you not participating this year, I see you. We’ve all been there, and I understand this type of challenge isn’t for everyone. If you’re still doing your own writing/editing/revisions/planning this month, be proud in the work that you’re doing. If you needed a break from writing for a month, I applaud you even more. Self care is so important, and we as writers can easily forget and neglect this aspect. Take care of yourself. And remember, there’s always next year!
That’s all for now! I’m still trying to catch up today, since I slacked a little yesterday, so I should get back to my novel. I’ll be posting tips, frustrations, and more as the month continues for anyone who’s interested.