My Writing – National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo ML
NaNoWriMo ML

It’s November and, for me, that means it’s National Novel Writing Month.  This is year 12 for me and for the first time, in a long time, I am writing something original.

This year I am working on a mystery novel about a serial killer in an academic library.  In no way is my life influencing my work.

For me NaNo is about 2 things.  First, it is keeping the knife sharp.  I use it to practice writing in order to remain a good writer.  It doesn’t matter if the final product is any good.  The fact that I am writing influences all my other writing.  Even writing this blog is a writing exercise.  Second, it is the first draft process.

For years I just wrote to write, but for the past year I have been playing with the idea of publishing something I wrote.  If you didn’t find it yet, my local writing group put together a magazine of our short stories.  You can read Mill Pages for free.  I have a short story in there.  This publication has made me step up in publishing other things I have written.  I am not publishing to make money (thought it would be nice), but to share what I have written.  Over 2016, I have three main projects I am working on and will publish in some way.  There is a good chance a free chapter of these novels will show up here for people to read and links to buy copies of the entire books will be linked here as well.  No, I won’t be reading my own work.

So, what am I working on this year?  Last year I tried my first mystery novel.  I enjoyed it, but I am not sure if people could guess the bad guy before I was ready.  This year I am trying another mystery- this time a murder mystery. I really think I can hide the identity of the killer until the right moment.  To do so I have spent more time planning this novel than most others in the past.

Towards the end of the month I will talk more about what I did and how it turned out.  I may even have a short horror story for people to read before the month is out.  It was part of my warm-up exercises and was my very first attempt at writing horror.

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