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.