Some selected blurb bits from their website...
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.
What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To give yourself permission to write without obsessing over quality.
In 2010, we had over 200,000 participants. More than 30,000 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever.
My plan is to jumpstart book two in the Children of Utrøst series. I was tempted to start an unrelated book that has been knocking around in my brain, but I've determined that getting a rough draft of the second book out in the air is the best plan.
Here's what (I think) it's about...
Chase Johnson lost her twin brother in the battle to save Utrøst from the last rat of Hamelin. The good guys may have won, but Chase is finding it impossible to embrace life without Charlie. Even Henning, the bear whose voice once made her heart do weird fluttery things, can't reach her. When Henning needs to return to his mysterious clan, Chase joins him against the wishes of her sister the queen. A road trip across a magical island is certain to be distracting and the secrets that Henning has been keeping may prove to be deadly.
We'll see if it turns out to be anything like this. It's the first time I've had any sort of plan so - who knows!
Any of my Write Campaign Buddies also doing NaNoWriMo? (How do the cool kids say it? NaNo? WriMo? Mo? Mary?) I would love to hear your plans and progress!
PS: For those of you who are thinking, "Seems like you may be distracting yourself from original unmet goals related to your first book. Hmmmmm? Haven't you been honking about that for the last 2 million years and now nothing? Hmmmmm? What's up with that? What about your pink sparklie self-prize?"
What's up: My query letter is written and being picked over by some helpful birdies. My book has been fully reviewed and revised to my satisfaction. I plan to have the query in the mail on Nov 1 one month after the goal and on the very day that NaNo starts! Hope I can still type with my new sparklie on my wrist!