Okay, peanut gallery, I see you. I see the skepticism in your eyes as you read the title of this blog post, blink, rub your eyes, and read it again. I never said I was not going to be doing a NaNoWriMo this year. I have just only recently decided that I would.
I have not done much planning. I have not done any research (probably a not-so-great idea, as you’ll understand soon). I really probably don’t have the time. All I have is a story and the crazy inkling to try and write it. This story has been with me since my later years of high school. It has been hiding away in the deep recesses of my mind. It comes out to play sometimes, and I think, “Oh yeah, that was a thing I wanted to write.” But I never have.
Part of it has been that I have a fairly well-thought-out premise, but I honestly do not know what will happen with that premise. I know the best way to figure that out is to simply start writing, but that can be easier said than done. The other part is that I have never really had the time. I’ve been struggling to keep up with my blog much less my other book projects. Starting another one would be crazy, right?? Right.
So why am I doing NaNoWriMo this year? The odds and time are not on my side. I’m extremely busy and don’t get a lot of down time. It seems like this would be the worst year to attempt a successful NaNoWriMo. I did not reach 50,000 words last year, and I had much fewer commitments.
I am doing NaNoWriMo because I can. Because I need something new to reignite my fervor for writing. Especially my fervor for writing daily. The best way to succeed with NaNoWriMo is to make the effort to write daily. I want to recreate that habit in myself. I want to remember what it’s like to write every day and to keep that habit. I need something fresh and new and different to work on. And I have a small spark of a story to fill that need.
So here I am. Throwing my hat in the ring for the 2018 NaNoWriMo. Writing a fiction novel (I know, right?!). Giving life to a story I thought would always remain a small idea.
Readers of Finding Land, I present to you, my 2018 NaNoWriMo project, Lost In Time (title will probably change):
Charlotte is like any other teenage girl. Except, well, she isn’t. You see, Charlotte doesn’t dream. No, it’s not that she does not remember her dreams. She simply does not dream. This would not seem so unusual unless you knew what happened instead: every night when Charlotte goes to sleep, she wakes up in another time. Specifically, Portland, Oregon in 1860. Every night, ever since she can remember, Charlotte has been waking up in 19th century Oregon. And when she goes to sleep in the 19th century, she wakes up in the 21st century. Charlotte has lived every moment of her life twice and in two different time periods. But one day, in 1860, something happens that could change everything…
I will be (trying to) share updates and excerpts every so many days. Your prayers, encouragement, and gifts of coffee and writing snacks are appreciated. 😉
My friend Brittany over at Brittany’s Pages is doing NaNoWriMo as well! I hope you will follow along with both of us as we take on this exciting task!