Today we are celebrating you, dear Reader. Whether you have decided to NaNo, or not to NaNo...whether you are writing a new book or the same one that's made you crazy for months, we want to hear from YOU.
You have choices!
Most of us behind the scenes here at WITS have chosen to do NaNoWriMo this year. Some of us plan to win (50K or bust!), but some of us just like to play with bunches of words and be writing cheerleaders for our pals. We've shared our NaNo projects/goals with you and, for those who feel comfortable, the first lines of our work in progress. Some of us got super brave and did both.
We invite you to do the same down in the comments!
Our Work and Goals for November
My maiden voyage...
This will be my first time on the good ship NaNoWriMo. I am a pantser with minor plotting tendencies, so to keep me from panicking I’m doing a bit more planning.
Here’s the logline I devised to guide my project:
A teenage girl who wants to define her own future discovers a strange crystal after following clues found in her grandmother’s cookbook and uses the stone to enter a portal, searching for a way out of her current life.
What else is different?
- I usually write in third person past tense. This time I’ll be attempting first person.
- I’ve been writing YA historical fiction so I thought I’d go all in and change genres while I was at it. This will be YA fantasy/mystery. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.
- The working title is Crystal Memories.
First lines from The Hobo Code, the YA Historical I just finished:
Jack Schmidt ambled into the main office of the lumber mill carrying his father’s lunch pail. Sounds of rage poured through the inner office walls.
I'm doing something different for NaNo this year.
As most of you know from years past, I flipping love NaNoWriMo. I do it every year as a birthday present to myself and every year I have a love-hate relationship with the challenge. I almost never win, but I always play. Alas, November is a month packed to the rafters with must-do things.
So this year, I'm going short!
I've written a substantial number of short stories over the years that have just languished. I re-read them over the last week and my November plan is to rewrite them from scratch. I'm hoping the know-how I've picked up in these last 10-15 years will make them shine. I think one of them might even turn into a short novel.
Here is the opening lines to one of those stories, called Brotherly Love:
Boaz pushed open the door to the tiny shop and inhaled the magic that never got old. Like used bookstores, used record stores carry a distinctive smell. Plastic wrap and laminated cardboard, worn carpet and dust.
It smelled like his childhood.
I'm continuing a series I'm thrilled about.
I am writing Book 2 of a trilogy: Secrets of the Twilight Djinn. The stakes are raised in the second act and Max, the hero from the first book, discovers how little he knows of his powers, and the lengths to which the Djinn will go to destroy him and his family.
Working Title: Max and the Isle of Sanctus.
First lines from Book 1, Max and the Spice Thieves:
“Max,” Mom said, gently stroking my arm. “Come on, Little Bear, it’s time to get up.”
I cracked one eye open—it was still dark. I sighed loud and long.
“It’s too early. The sun isn’t even up. Besides, what’s the point?”
The beginning of NaNoWriMo brings me the sweaty feeling one gets before a race, the adrenalin of completing the word counts, the anticipation of the work accomplished, and the gut wrenching doubt nagging me whether I can reach my goals.
This year is a practical one for me since I don't have the mental bandwidth to sustain 30 days of creative thought. I'm interpreting the competition as a way to complete my current projects and to cheer on my writer pals along the way.
My writing goal is to rewrite 30 flash fiction stories and to curate them into an anthology of sorts. 30 stories in 30 days? *gulp*
My handle is Kmaz at Nano, come visit or let me cheer you on!
All the best,
Now we want to hear from you! Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Is so, what are you working on? What are you working on regardless? Share your first lines below in the comments!
Best wishes for all of you as you navigate your writing this month!
from Ellen, Jenny, John, and Kris