What is National Novel Writing month all about you ask? It is a fly by the seat of your pants way to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The purpose is output. You don't edit, you don't delete, you don't rewrite ---- you just write. You let the muse flow and let er rip. As Chris Baty says:
"Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down."
I don't know what it is about the prospect of ignoring my internal editor for 30 days and writing like crazy. Perhaps the adventure of it all. Totally wrapping myself up in the lives of imaginary characters and subjecting them to all kinds of interesting and perilous activities. Perhaps it is the camaraderie of umpteen thousands of other like minded folks all over the world joining in on the festivities. Last year over 119,000 folks joined in compared to the 21 people who joined Chris Baty in 1999 for the very first NaNoWriMo. It will be interesting to see how many join in this year.
Floating on the Surface has been officially shelved for the time being. I only finished about 1/3 of the rewrite and will get back to it after I'm done with the first draft of Nano 2009. I can't keep two sets of characters in my head and write two stories at the same time, unlike some authors out there who has several different projects going at the same time. I really don't know how they do it.
The new story is shaping up to be a murder mystery with a bit of romantic suspense and will be called "Eyes in the Ashes." We'll see what it ends up being when I'm done. :) The setting of the story is a horse ranch and artists colony in a small oregon town on the river. It is "owned" by the McCourt's. For some reason, bats have moved their roost from the caverns to the roof of the bell tower in an old mission that has been renovated by the McCourt's. It is now a McCourt Ranch luxury Inn and spa. Perhaps some sort of illegal activity taking place in the caverns that has bothered the pregnant momma bats? Perhaps some illegal activity on the part of the McCourt's and various artists. Small town politics and old boy network play a big part. The town's vet calls in his sister Dr. Isabella D'Angelo who heads a wildlife foundation. She is absolutely delighted to come and bring her crew because McCourts bat colony is an unstudied colony. The McCourts really don't want anybody traipsing about their land or the caverns. Gee I wonder why? Isabella discovers a body in the caverns which leads to her being involved with the town sheriff and the attention of parties who remain nameless who want to get rid of her. Now I just need to figure out a short synopsis that makes sense.
I've been working on the outline and working on characters. Isabella is turning out to be quite spunky. I'll have to see if I can find a picture that matches her.
I'm psyched and looking forward to starting the new story.
My call tag on the Nano Site is mytwoblessings and can be found here.
So, if you discover I'm not posting as much, joining in the weekly meme's, commenting or visiting, you'll know where I am. Planning, outlining and as of November 1, writing!!!