One of my Crime Writing NY Resolutions for 2017 is to have a go at NaNoWriMo this November… and I’m already panicking!
“What exactly is NaNoWriMo” I hear you say?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which runs the entire month of November every year. Signing up as a participant is a pledge to do your best to reach a word count of 50,000 by the 30th November.
You are supported throughout the month by coaches and other writers, who you can follow on the NaNoWriMo site or by following the #NaNoWriMo17 and #NaNoCoach hashtags. You also check in your word count each day so you can keep an eye on your running total.
There are also prizes for the winners who manage to reach their word count! Tons of sponsors offer discounts off goods and services including free courses, discounted writing programmes, eReaders, books, ebook creators, apps and lots more.
What am I writing for NaNoWriMo?
I’m going to have a go at a story idea we’ll call White Knight, for lack of a better title. It’s the story of a little boy who goes missing while a small English town is snowed in, only to turn up dead in a very public place. The search is on within the town to weed out the killer, and stop more children from being taken.
I’ve literally never written a story before so this is a first stab at developing a setting, characters and introducing underlying themes; the ‘white’ theme of innocence and the snow, as well as the ‘white knight’ theme of being a saviour, are two I’d like to explore in this story.