Hello my blog followers, it is I back from the NaNoWriMo Wars!
So you know I took the plunge and committed to the insanity that envelopes the writing world each November, the quest to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I had plenty of trepidation before the starting gun, but am happy to report things are going very, very well. Plus the support of the community doing this with me is incredible!
As I write this I sit at 13,393 words after six days. That is an average of 2,232 words per day. In comparison, 50,000 in 30 days averages to 1,667 per day. Where are all these words coming from? well, I can thank all the movies and shows I have watched over the decades for feeding my ideas to fuel my plot and its development.
Above you can see the dashboard for the NaNoWriMo.org site that tracks your progress with many measures. One of the lines I favor is the one that says At This Rate You Will Finish On. In truth I will not finish my novel on November 23, 2015. I may cross the 50,000 line on or around that day, but this baby will be larger than 50,000 when I put The End on it.
November 23 is a good date because I am leaving the country for a week four days later. I think I will probably load up whatever I have by that time onto my Kindle and take it with me to read and look for plot gaps and other “uh-ohs”. That seems like a great opportunity to push back and see what I have. You certainly have no time for it during this thirty day sprint.
So, who wants to know about the plot? Anyone? Anyone? Okay, I heard you over there in the United Kingdom, here you go. This book is about a Iraq/Afghanistan Vet (still thinking about the time frame) who, due to PTSD has become a serial killer. But his target is very specific, the girl that sent him a Dear john letter while deployed. Now Avery Winston was determined to get her back.
The problem was that in his diminished mental state there was just a couple of main characteristics of his former love, Caroline Mitchell he focused on. unfortunately half a dozen young women with long, curly red hair and emerald eyes have drawn Avery’s attention and fell victim to his bloody spree.
Now Gracie McKinley has crossed Avery’s radar and is likely to be victim number seven. Gracie is a photographer and has unwittingly snapped a photo of Avery’s licence plate. But Gracie has a couple of heroes in the form of F.B.I. agent Layton Spencer and his partner Callie Tremayne. They are narrowing the hunt for Avery and will be Gracie’s best hope for survival.
The novel is set in and around the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virgina, near where I live and I hope to give the readers and interest of all the area has to offer . . .minus the serial killer of course.
I am not sure if anyone from here is interested in knowing how this grand adventure is going, so if you are give me a comment! I will be back on the 12th for the next update!
Thats awesome! The plot sounds great! I’m had a super strong first few days then I got super busy and now I’m just right on track 😉 So your 13,000+ words is such an accomplishment to me! *high five* Can’t wait to read about your next update!
Thanks Kim, I did not know you were doing this too. Are you on the NaNoWriMo site? If so we can connect as Writing Buddies.
I am. Its my 5th year I think? Sure, let’s connect. tranquil.dreams is my user name 🙂