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!