Monday, November 12, 2012

199 NaNoWriMo

Holy crap! Tomorrow will be my 200th blog post! I also have 191 likes on my Facebook page. That's pretty close to 200, right? Today, I'm doing my check in for NaNoWriMo and tomorrow, well, I'm going to do a prize package for all you great followers/readers of my blog and books. What will I include? Come back tomorrow and find out. I know, I know, I'm evil. But ain't it grand? *evil laugh*

NaNo check in:
As of today, Monday 11/12/2012, at 8:30am, I've written 27,915 words. I don't write on weekends so I've managed this in six days. I'm astounded at the words flying from my fingertips. But maybe it's not so much that I write fast, maybe it's that I'm inspired.

I'm going to tell you all about the novel I'm working on. The working title is The Bird. Inspiration for this story came from a good friend of mine and previous guest, Sandi Tuttle. She's a blogger over at An Average Woman in a Superwoman World and a couple of her posts brought this book to mind.

Yes, I did ask her if I could base an entire novel off two of her posts and she said, "Go for it!"

Names have been changed and my weird imagination was let loose to further two things she spoke about: An old tree and a cardinal.

In my tale, the tree gets a shot of youth at the same time my MC's mother does. Without the tree, everything is destroyed: Mom, Trogon, and nature here on Earth.

But here's where an interesting twist comes in! I LOVE fairy tales. I've devoured them my whole life. I've read fairy tales from every country. I cannot get enough of them. My daughter has recently been exposed to this love of mine and, even though many princes, dwarfs, and things die, she has really embraced the general theme. I'm working that vast knowledge of fairy tale lore into my story. It's my first fantasy novel and I'm falling in love with writing it.

I'm a pantser. I started my novel with a vague idea of where it was going to go between my definite beginning and epic ending, a seriously bad dude as the villain, and a ton of possibility. Where it's taken me, I can't even begin to tell you. I love to write this way because the story comes to life. My characters are doing things I never planned for them to do. They've taken on lives of their own and are leading me through adventure, heartbreak, and magical kingdoms galore! But I'm not forcing their hands. I'm letting them lead me.

By being a pantser, I allow my imagination to run wild with every scenario you can imagine. I accidentally killed off a character I adored. Why? It was her time to go, I guess. I didn't ask, I just wrote it as it unfolded.

My MC is named Stormy Terrebonne. She's facing some wicked challenges (and wicked witches). A parallel tale is about her mother, Valletta. We get to see this woman go back in time and get a chance to start again. How fun is that? Stormy gets to be nearly immortal, her mother gets a new shot at life, and they both get to experience love like it was the first time.

I may give you all an excerpt sometime this week. Come on back and have a looksee. You may be surprised at what NaNoWriMo can do for a writer with a vague idea and a little motivation.

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. Story idea sounds super intriguing! Can't wait to read more!

    1. Thanks, Heather! It's really coming together well. I'm astonished. :) Thanks for the comment and for coming by.

  2. Sounds like it's going great! I can't wait to read more!

    1. It's going fantastically! I just hope I get done by EOM. With Thanksgiving and all around the corner, I know I won't have much time to write next week :) Thanks for the comment, Beth!

  3. They say kids grow smarter when parents read them fairy tales. I believe it's true!
    Don't you just love the way NaNoWriMo makes you write, write, write?

    1. I do love the way I'm being driven to write write write. I love what I'm discovering while doing it, too. If that's true, then my daughter will be brilliant. LOL! Thanks for the comment and for stopping by, Helene :)

  4. Wow, Jo, this sounds fascinating! I can't wait to read an excerpt. :)


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