In less than one week, I’ll be taking a small writing vacation to complete this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. What is NaNoWriMo you ask? It is the annual National Novel Writing Month, but more importantly, it is a global event.
Every year, thousands of professional (and not so professional) novelists join the challenge to create a minimal 50,000 word novel. And even though many will not be able to meet the end word count, it gets people to create. There is no age restriction. There are no agents looking over the shoulder. There are only honest writers creating for the whole month.
The writers come from all ages and walks of life with one desire, to complete the challenge and have something they want to (possibly) share with others. Some of these manuscripts actually make it to the wild, either through self-publishing or publishing contracts. Whatever the final goal of the writer is, if they manage to get the minimum word count of 50,000, they will have won an incredible battle.
Over the last four years, I’ve participated (and won) the event, busting the word count. My fantasy series, Spear, came from such events. I found creating the series with a deadline to be inspiring,and daunting at the same time. But that series ended last year, and the fourth book is still sitting, ready for polishing, and rewrites. My journey as a writer pushed me to where I am today – a publisher/writer/author/editor. And the trip is not yet completed.
This year, I take a slightly different direction in my writing. Dystopian/Horror. I’ve laid out the foundation of The Hoards, and the start of the contest is about to begin.
The Hoards, a near future, centres on several people as seen through the eyes of the protagonist. This first person present tense novel will hit home with some people. If all goes well, the novel will be finished well within the deadline, and contain over 75,000 words in the first draft. The cover (front only) is already imagined and created:
Throughout the event, I’ll try to post updates and excerpts of the writing, so you can see what is happening and be aware of the upcoming release. Let your friends know this is happening and cheer me on as I bring to life what could happen when society falls. Hopefully, your words of encouragement, desire to see the finished product, and willingness to be my support system, will help push my creativeness to new bounds as I tackle this dark frontier of writing.