I have been debating this for over a month now, but I finally decided to do it. I arranged for some vacation time off work, because there’s no way I can keep working full-time and write 50,000 words in one month. Yes, I know that other people do it, that people manage to work full-time and raise three kids and post on their blog every day and yet somehow also find some “extra time” somewhere in their day and crank out 50-freaking-thousand words in a month.
Those people are my spirit animals.
As a mere mortal, and not one especially skilled at time management, I have a hard time just making my Project 10K goal every month. But with some time off work, I just might be able to do this.
As many of you know, I’ve been struggling with the revisions of my Corwallen Manor novel for a while, and taking time off that to work on short stories and trying to get those published. Progress so far?
Let’s just say I’m learning to deal with rejection.
But hey, that’s progress! You can’t get rejected until you actually write something and send it off, and it turns out that’s the main criteria for getting accepted, too.
Anyway, I’ve also been actively mulling over six other novel ideas (all totally unrelated to each other, naturally, but all taking place in Eneana). I sat down to figure out whether one of them was ready enough to start writing.
Nope. So very NOT ready.
But okay, I picked the one that seemed closest to being ready, and did a bunch of thinking about it. A little outlining. A little character development. A lot of looking through K.M. Weiland’s amazing blog on writing and soaking up all her great advice. I got a fair amount of prep done on that novel.
But there were glitches. Challenges. Maybe I’m not good enough to write this story yet. So a few days ago I decided to switch to a different novel idea. I did some work on that one. That one also looked good, but there was a whole different set of problems with that one. For a day I was teetering on the brink, but now I’m back to the original idea.
Definitely decided now.
Not crossing my fingers or anything, honest.
The working title is “Heart in a Box.” It sounds like a really deep literary theme, doesn’t it? It is! He totally has his heart figuratively in a box! Also, someone’s heart actually gets put in a box. So: literal, too.
Here’s my current blurb:
Dar should be pleased. He’s inherited the throne and can finally rule as he wants.
But his father left him a bankrupted country. The people hate him and the restrictions he must impose. The only person on the council he’s sure isn’t plotting against him is his mother, and that’s only because she thinks she can control the throne if he’s on it.
The only upside is that now he can marry the woman he loves. But when he shows up to do so, she rejects him.
Dar makes a terrible decision. Once he’s committed to it, he keeps digging himself in deeper. Seeing no way out, he makes his dilemma worse with every step, until he invokes a dark magic that cannot be undone.
Dar’s learned the hard way that you have to take what you want in this world. Nobody is ever good to you for free. Can he learn a different way before he loses the woman he loves, his kingdom, or even his life?
Would you want to read that story? Please say yes! If you want a teaser about Dar, he’s featured in a recent flash fiction piece I did: Unreachable Peak.
Are you doing NaNo this year? I’m always happy to have more writing buddies — tag me!
Good luck to all of us!