The past two years I have taken part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), simply as an excuse to flex my writing muscle in an avenue that doesn’t involve USB ports or touch screens. It’s also an opportunity to step outside my comfort zone, since I don’t normally write fiction. The last two years however, my dedication to the idea has fallen somewhat (read: very) short of the goal of writing a 175 page, 50,000 word novel by November 30. In fact I’ve yet to make it through a second page. It would be easy, and understandable, to blame my failure on the fact that I spend all day sitting in front of a laptop writing as a means to pay (some of) the bills. Or to claim that the additional work load of being a full-time student makes finding the time to write a novel literally impossible. This year I have decided there are no more excuses. I’m not guaranteeing I’ll actually finish a novel, but I will make an honest attempt to do so in the time allotted.
In the spirit of keeping myself honest I’ll be posting excerpts from it here as I finish them. Note that these excerpts will not be carefully proofread, if proofread at all. I will run a spell-check then post. All editing will be done after the manuscript is complete.
I encourage anyone to post critiques, suggestions, and point out my errors after I post sections of the story.
NaNoWriMo officially kicks off November 1, so check back that night for the first part.