If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
This time last year, I was toying with the idea of jumping into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Despite the fact that I was knee-deep into another novel, didn’t have a story idea, and had a lot of other things on my plate, I really wanted to participate. A few weeks later, a small spark of an idea struck me and I pledged my commitment to writing a short novel during the month of November.
I spent my limited amount of time leading up to November doing some preliminary research, character development, and outlining. To be honest, I was pretty proud of the story I’d manifested and was excited to get started. Unfortunately, only a few days into the month, I became completely consumed by another project and couldn’t focus my time or energy on writing. The story I created, however, has stuck with me and even though I’ve not written a single word for 11 months, I believe it’s a story worth telling.
While the first draft of my original novel, The Colonel’s Keeper, is not quite finished, it’s really close. Potentially, I could have that manuscript finished within a week or two and then dive into the new one. Either way, I’m publically sharing this with the hope that it will provide some sort of accountability; the swift kick in the ass I need to get to work.
I took some time today to update my NaNoWriMo page and for inspiration, created a simple book cover. Note that this is a “working title” as there are already a number of pieces of literature out in the world with it or something very similar. I just needed a springboard to get me started.
I’ll keep you posted!
In 1932, nineteen-year-old Scarlet Mills is a liberal arts student on scholarship at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Suffering from anxiety and depression following years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, she writes poetry as a means to cope with her pain while pursuing a degree in creative writing. After a chance meeting with an eccentric painter from Mexico, the pair becomes friends, then lovers. The encouragement by her lover to pursue her writing and sexuality throughout their brief relationship takes Scarlet on a journey of self-discovery and healing.