It’s NaNoWriMo Time Again!

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November is right around the corner and that means NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) comes with it! πŸŽ‰

I’ve been participating in NaNo since 2005 with a wide range of wins and losses under my belt. This year I am going to take the basic idea and setting from July’s Camp (Borrowed Wings) and reboot it. The version I came up with in Camp just isn’t working and I want to try again.

50,000 words are far too few to tell the story in the way I want, so this NaNo ‘novel’ will be more of a framework for the larger version that will hopefully follow. 50k words should be plenty for me to hash out the personalities, linguistics, and world-building needed to get this story solidly in place.

I’m not sure I’ll use MuseFic to help brainstorm things this time, I’m still waffling on it. That sort of meta-conversation has proved really useful in past NaNo’s (like [Placeholder] and YANS), but it’s also a lot more work.

I’m going to aim to post an update every 5k (or three days, if things are going well) on the blog and on Instagram/Facebook, but that is subject to life, as always.

I’m not going to be posting the story here as it’s going to be a lot less ‘story’ and a lot more ‘really detailed outline with some prose and dialog scattered in’. A bad cliff notes version, more or less. πŸ˜…

What I will be doing is keeping a running commentary on where I’m at in the process, what’s worked and what hasn’t, all sorts of doodles, and tales of the various virtual write-ins!

To everyone else that is joining this mad chaos, I hope you have a wonderful NaNo and I’ll see you on the forums! 😁

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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