Hello, Writerly Friends!
I have grown to love NaNoWriMo. That 30-day long leap into the throes of frantic writing exhilarates me. Not only that, but the month of October has, through the years, become treasured as well, because that’s when I plot and plan my way through a fresh new manuscript idea. Love it!
But, as October 2015 came lurking on my calendar, I knew, deep down, that starting something new might not be the best idea. Sure, I still have a million ideas in my head; little snippets that will eventually become stories, or subplots within other stories. Also swirling around my imagination are characters which are still in their embryonic stage, but will someday become mature.
This year was different, though. Along with those gestational ideas waiting to be developed, I had a few novels that needed finishing touches. Since my RodeoRomCom was nearly complete, that became my focus.
So, October 1, I made my plan of attack: Scan through my RodeoRomCom, plan out where to polish, add, or delete.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans, right? Yeah. That happened to me.
Mid-October, my husband took me on a weekend trip to coastal Maine. This was a much needed break and I reveled in every moment. And that’s when I noticed the multi-toned sounds of the harbor bells. It was these tones that awakened a sleepy, partially written manuscript I had set aside when it needed a time out. A-ha! An epiphany!
So there I was, mid October, and I was ready to switch gears completely. I dug out my completely unfinished Literary Fantasy (thank you for the genre identification help, @KisaWhipkey!), and jumped in head first. All of a sudden, the book had direction, a major focus shift, and best of all, an amazing TITLE!
So, this November, I worked on this Literary Fantasy, THREE HARBOR BELLS, which I can now say is one of the deepest, most cool pieces of writing I have ever done. It’s still not complete, but I can see how it ends, and I couldn’t be more pleased with its direction.
In the end, this year I was not able to get 50K new words of a new novel. But, hey, I still got so much out of the month! And isn’t inspiration a magical thing? Who knew that my little weekend trip to Maine would yield something so amazing? THREE HARBOR BELLS has a really great ring to it.
Keep writing, everyone.
How did NaNoWriMo work out for you all? Let me know in the comments!