Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Let The Games Begin!

It's November already and that means another fun-filled month of NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don't know, November is National Novel Writing Month and every year, writers from all over the world set out to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Last year, I drafted Street Walk, and although I planned and plotted, I still found myself writing in a few surprises and having to redo much of the story in later versions. So this year, I'm flying by the seat of my pants. No outlining, no plotting, just a concept and a few characters.
I don't have a title yet, I've just been calling it The Writer's Lounge, but the new book is about Dani Goldberg, high school art teacher and former graffiti artist, and her twin brother Simon, currently serving time downstate on drug charges. When the guy who ratted out her brother is murdered, Dani finds out Simon was released the day before and all of Chicago's finest are looking for him. Now, in order to find her brother, Dani needs the people she turned her back on years ago: the taggers in her old crew.
I'm looking forward to seeing how this process works and praying I don't write myself into a hole. Wish me luck and let me know if you are a fellow Nanowrimo participant.


Ronni said...

Good luck! We'll be thinking of you slumped over your keyboard.:-)
Hope the words flow!!

Quinn said...

In bocca al lupo! I'm in an opposite position to you, more or less, since I wrote my novel last year on the fly, and this year I'm actually working from an outline. Should be an interesting contrast for us both.

I wouldn't worry too much about writing yourself into a hole - that's when you start coming up with really crazy plot twists in order to get out. And hey, there's always National Novel Editing Month to tidy up those rough edges.