National Novel Writing Month
OK! I’m going to do it!
The first time I heard about nanowrimo, I thought someone would have to be crazy to do that. Now, here I am, almost a year later, trying to convince my friends in my writing group to do it with me.
They think I am crazy.
Nanowrimo is the National Novel Writing Month in which we attempt to write 50,000 words in the month of November. We enter our daily total number of words and watch the number climb.
Last year I wrote my first story. It is a children’s story about a boy growing up on a homestead in the Bozeman, Montana area. He meets an unusual neighbor who begins to mentor him in his relationship with God. The boy starts to really ask some important questions. Then difficult things in life begin happening – don’t the always? This boy begins to pray and watches as God does some amazing things in his life.
My first draft is finished, but I have learned so much about writing since I started it a year and a half ago that I really need to go back and smooth it out. Then I hope to find a publisher.
I have started a second story: this one a mystery set in 1916 Glacier Park. I will do my best to give all the clues to the reader yet see if I can hide the answer from them until the very end. I will definitely have to use my friends as guinea pigs before I look for a publisher.
So now, nanowrimo.org.
I have pledged to start a brand-new novel on November 1st and have all 50,000 words written before the last minute of November melts into December 1st.
Yes, I am a bit nervous. Writing just for word count is not how I usually write. I think that ideas are more important than lots and lots of words. I am much more succinct than most people I know. This will be a new experience and a challenging time for growth.
This new story is based on Jesus’ parable about the unmerciful servant found in Matthew 18. A young woman living in Germany makes her way to America, intending to find work and send money home to her parents. She arrives penniless and is sold into indentured servitude.
Check out nanowrimo.com and see if you are up for the challenge.
Anyone else out there writing stories? Leave a comment, I would love to hear about it!