NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

Not content with a full-time job each, getting fit (fitter in Caro’s case) and wrangling the beasties, this year we decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. This is a non-profit dedicated to helping people finish the damn book by setting an arbitrary word count of…50,000 words to be written in November. This, in essence, is a short novel.

We’ve been tossing around an idea for a fourth book in our Shadows universe. We have characters, a moveable story arc and some great ideas, but have been struggling to settle on the way the story would go. We thought NaNoWriMo would be a great way to get a huge chunk of the book done.

And then we started trying to firm up our plot. Nothing. Nada. Niet. Couldn’t agree. Couldn’t decide. No inspiration.

So, instead of continuing down that weary track, we’ve started a whole new book. In a whole new genre. Yep, that long-awaited young adult urban fantasy novel is coming to life. We’re not quite keeping up with the word count (we’re at 4,500 words on day 7 and should be about 9,500) but that’s because we’ve had to work out a story, characters and so on!!

On the plus side, we’re both quite inspired so the ideas are flowing and whilst getting fitter by walking, we’re discussing plot and characters. Our inspiration is a Norwegian fairy tale mixed in with the technological advances of virtual and augmented reality. Stick with us for regular updates!

If you’d like to know more about the madness of NaNoWriMo, click here.

East of the sun
Picture credit: Kay Nielsen