I did it! I wrote a little over 50,000 words in less than thirty days. Now I have a very sloppy draft of a novel, with a beginning, middle, end, the semblance of a plot, and characters I have fallen in love with. My goal is to develop Mountain Brook Memories: 1960-1963 into a full-fledged novel by the beginning of 2018. But first, I’ll finish editing and publishing In the Fullness of Time, the sequel to Hattie’s Place. I can’t wait for you to read it, as it deals with women and empowerment in the World War I era, as well as other issues that we are still struggling with in 2016.
I’ll tell you more about In the Fullness of Time in later blogs and will share the cover and some excerpts, as well as the publication date when that is determined. I’m expecting the second edit back from my Kirkus editor in several weeks and will know more then.
I’ll also write more about my experience with National Novel Writing Month, which I have found to be extremely rewarding. For those of you who have always wanted to publish a novel; for those who are sitting on ideas for a novel and have not yet gotten them down on paper; or, for those who have published and want to jump-start another novel, NaNoWriMo may be for you. A number of best selling books began as NaNoWriMo projects, including Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, which is one of my all time favorites.
But, for the remainder of the day, I’m abandoning all writing goals. It’s Cyber Monday and I plan to get most of my Christmas shopping done before I go to sleep tonight. The alternative of fighting the crowds at the mall is the perfect incentive.