nanowrimo 2013

It's that time again... I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year, are you?

Last year, thanks to grad school, I wasn't able to really participate. I tried. I really, really tried. But, thesis writing had destroyed me. After graduating in August, I had nothing left in November. The year before that, I couldn't participate because I was actually in grad school and working on my thesis and every word I put down that wasn't directly related to my thesis made me feel guilty. As though all my brainpower should be devoted to the singular purpose of finishing that academic exercise that, in fact, resulted in a book--all 128 pages of it.

When put like that, I don't feel quite so bad about skipping 2011 NaNoWriMo. I have no excises for 2012 except that I just... couldn't.

This year, not only can I, I am! But, for the first time, I'm also playing the "NaNoRebel." They actually have a whole forum for that on NaNoWriMo's website, no kidding. Anyway, I'm going to work on my still unnamed WIP rather than starting anything new. I'm making really good progress, my writing sessions have been productive and meaningful. I don't want to lose that, so I'm holding onto it with both hands.

I still plan to write 50,000 words in November. But, those words will be devoted to my current project, rather than a new one. And, in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I thought I'd share a rough synopsis...

Miss Helena Spencer has lost everything. At only five and twenty,she's a spinster without a single prospect because, unlike the other ladies of the  ton, Helena has a disability that makes her unmarriagable. That is, until her father's death leaves her squarely engaged to the handsome young widower, Earl of Ashwood. Gabriel Radcliffe. But Miss Spencer has a secret, something she's managed to hide in plain sight for fear of her father's reputation, that has lead her to fall for a nameless, faceless stranger. All of which has left the inexperienced Miss Spencer alone to negotiate marriage to one stranger, while attempting to balance her feelings for another. A situation complicated by Gabriel's decision to spirit Helena off to Ashwood House, a dilapidated country estate, far from London and from her ability to reach out.

And yes, I know, I said no names, covers, or synopsis/blurbs, but clearly I lied. Remember, this is a really, really rough sketch of what I'm currently planning, but there it is, in black and white, all 135 words of it. Hopefully it doesn't give too much away. I'm terrible at figuring out how much information is too much. But either way, there it is.

So if you plan to do NaNoWriMo, what will you write about? Do you plan to be a NaNoRebel, like me, this year or will you play by the rules? I'd love to hear about it.

If you're planning to give it a try, I hope you'll add me as a friend/buddy so we can keep up with one another's progresshttp://nanowrimo.org/participants/kristynmarie

8 comments

  1. It just means I'm not exactly following the rules. I'm not starting a new project, I'm working on something already in progress.

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  2. I see! Well I liked the little blurb you put up =]

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  3. It sounds like an intriguing story Kristyn! Keep up the good work...way to go!

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  4. Ooh, what's her disability? What's the secret she's hiding in plain sight? Is the faceless stranger and the oh-so-handsome Gabriel actually the same person? Okay, FINE...don't tell me... ;)

    I never know how much 'sharing' is too much either, but I'm sure I'm breeching that barrier over and over again.

    If I had 50,000 words left in my MS, I'd go the rebel route too. I've always wondered how many Nanowrimo participants cheat by starting their MS before November. I bet you it's quite a few. The "rebels" are the cool ones though who actually admit it.

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  5. Thanks, Shannon!! I'm having a really good time working on it. :)

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  6. I am so not sharing! Although, some parts of your comment helped me see where my plot might have holes, or be weak, so I appreciate that. I've given those points some thought and am considering a few changes. ;)

    I don't think you've overshared, honestly. I think you've given away just enough to hook a potential reader's interest, but not more. Just thought I'd throw that in there.

    I've never done the NaNoRebel thing before. I usually start with something new on November 1st, but I've also lost for a whole lot of years in a row. I really just need to stick to what I'm doing and I think, like you said, a lot of people probably do just that. They stick to their work, or write non-fiction, or a book of short stories, or whatever. Since the only real reward is self-satisfaction, I think going about it your own way isn't a bad thing. I don't feel any less self-satisfaction if I finish something I'm already working on, so I'm doing that.

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