National Novel Writing Month: Day 1

I have an announcement to make, everyone: I am doing National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, as it’s often abbreviated) this year. The goal is 50,000 words (that is shorter than a usual novel, but still a large chunk) in thirty days – a daunting but possible goal.

The novel I am writing is tentatively titled The War Criminal and is an based on an idea I have halfheartedly played around with for about four years. It takes place in an alternate future world in which the United States dissolves into civil war. At the conclusion of the war, participants are indicted and brought to justice. The book focuses on one person in particular: a woman who was the wartime leader of the United States during the conflict.

One reason I am so excited about this project is I am experimenting with an entirely new writing style. One hindrance I had to writing this story was the format: I tried first person, then third person, then I went back to first person. But it still didn’t seem to fit properly. I finally decided to try using an epistolary style, like Stephen King does in Carrie, and I am really enjoying trying something new with my writing.

I plan to blog about the process, too, so stay tuned for updates!

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6 thoughts on “National Novel Writing Month: Day 1

  1. I think I’ll sign up too! I just got an assignment back yesterday, which was a novel proposal. Got a distinction for that so that was good encouragement to work on that idea. I don’t really know how NaNoWriMo works (I’ll look into it after my exam tomorrow!), but sounds neat.

    1. Great! I definitely think you should do it. Basically you sign up on the website, update your word count (as often as you want) and at the end, upload your manuscript. If you have at least 50,000 words, you win cool free stuff (usually ebooks about writing and that sort of thing). Plus, you have bragging rights. 🙂

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