Saturday, October 9, 2010

It's Almost That Time Again...

2010 NaNoWriMo is just around the corner! 

What is NaNoWriMo?  It's National Novel Writing Month and begins at 12:00:01 on November 1st and ends at 24:00:00 on November 30th.  In that thirty day period the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel.  It doesn't have to be a good novel; it doesn't have to be a complete novel; but it does have to reach 50k.  I "won" last year with over 60k.

I'm in a bit of a panic, because up until just a couple of days ago I had no idea what I was going to write, despite having just returned from the Writers' Police Academy.  I logged into the NaNo website and plugged in my synopsis of the book I had in mind and then had a change of heart last night.  Completely changed my mind on what I'm going to write.  I've started plotting in my little brain and couldn't sleep last night with all of the scenes running through my head, which means I've chosen the right book to write.  For a while, I had a blog called "Lyon's Roar Protection" (I took it down when I realized I was writing utter and complete trash).  The book I will be writing this year is the precursor to Lyon's Roar.  Maybe once I get the groundwork in place I can resume where I left off with the blog.

This year I'm going to try something a little different.  I went into last year's NaNo without a plan whatsoever and did okay, but this year I think I'm going to storyboard it.  RCC and I gathered our materials for storyboarding and will be getting started probably this week.  I've never done it before, but was inspired by Terry Odell's non-plotting posts.  Rather than using a large poster board, we'll be using file folders and different colored sticky notes.  We figure the file folders are easier to pack up and move when we go to our nightly write-ins.

RCC will be putting his graphic design skills to work again this year designing cover art for the other writers (as well as for the two of us).  Once I've settled on a title and get my cover done, I'll post it up here.

Anyone else interested in joining up?  Just go to the website and sign up; if you want to add me as a writing buddy let me know and I'll be sure to add you.  It's a lot more fun with some healthy competition.


Allenspark Lodge said...

Seems like your blogging was cut a lot last year during . Sigh, I guess we'll make it...

Finding Pam said...

I just read that scene with the bear. It is really a great scene with lots of intense moments.

I look forward to your book/novel in this writing project.

Glad you are back.

Allenspark Lodge said...

Hey, I want the rest of last year's book. What happened at the ranch?

Boyles Family Farms said...

Like a group for this? I might join. . .unless it has to be crime oriented. But I could maybe do a zucchini heist? Or corn thievery. Or something :)

Where do I go to find out more?

Rachel said...

Still chuckling at Bill's comment!

I'm excited to read your stuff - cuz it ain't trash. And I'm sure you have loads of new ideas from your stint with the crime writers!

And umm... RCC has graphic design skills? Maybe HE can help me with that dumb project I can't seem to finish?!!

GunDiva said...

Bill, I'll have you know that I managed 14 posts last November, which was right on average with the rest of the year.

Mom, it was a romance, of course they got their HEA.

Pam, thanks for the vote of confidence.

BFF, I emailed you the info.

Rach, you're too kind.

Mrs Mom said...

Hmmmmm if Life wasn't so unsure most days around here, I'd be tempted to join you.

I could do one about a mother who has completely lost her mind while trying to be in about eight places at once, AND run a business... Oh wait.. never mind... that's pretty much standard these days... *sigh*

Mr. Daddy said...

50,000 Words, DUDE what are you gonna do with all your spare time???

Just saying...

K. Erickson said...

I've been waiting patiently for Lyor's Roar to resurface. If it has to be through Nanowrimo, I suppose that will have to do. Well, at least it won't be a trashy romance novel again this year.