New November, New Novel

It’s November 1st! The day I’ve been waiting for practically since Nov. 30, 2013. The day I get to start a new novel.

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The official flag for NaNo participants. Not created by me. Source: http://nanowrimo.org/web-graphics

Okay, it’s not like I never got to start a novel between Novembers. I did work on two over the summer, in addition to editing the one I wrote last November. BUT this is the month that I get permission to begin, and finish, a novel. I can stay up writing all night without any shame, because hey, it’s NaNo.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNo is short for NaNoWriMo, which itself is short for National Novel Writing Month. Really it should say International, because it is worldwide, but we’ll leave it at that. Basically it’s a month when all the writers and aspiring writers commit to writing at least 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. It’s possibly the coolest thing ever.

In addition to giving me permission to write the novel, NaNo gives inspiration and motivation. There are pep talks from author’s–today’s pep talk from Chuck Wendig was actually so beautiful–as well as virtual write-ins and a local group for every region, which provides a large group of people in your area who are doing the same thing you are.

The best thing, though, is All-Night Write. You gather with all the people in your area and write from 9 p.m. til 9 a.m. It’s a ton of fun.

But enough about NaNo itself. This year I’m taking advantage of this month to work on a new novel entitled, “Being Kaitlyn.” In essence it’s about a twin who thinks everyone loves her twin better than her and so she tries to become her twin. Depending on how I write it, it could get really trippy, really fast…I’m excited to see where it goes.

Since I’m not much of a planner, I can honestly say that I have no idea where this is going or what my characters are going to do. I just found out that one of them is an avid Tumblr user, and another character told me he’s in love with my protagonist.

I started writing last night at midnight, and so far I’ve got over 1,700 words…which means I’ve met my goal for the day and am, actually, ahead of the game! Holla.

As you’re reading this, though, I’m locked in a room taking the GRE, hoping and praying that I do well enough to get into grad school. The only problem with taking the GRE on the same day you start a new novel? Distraction. I swear I’m going to spend the whole time thinking about Kaitlyn, Kristina and Drew, wondering what’s going to happen next and where they’re going to go.

I’m psyched about this story. Because of that, I’ll make you a deal: if enough people comment, either here on Facebook, and ask for it, I will post an excerpt in my next blog post.

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