It’s November!

And do you know what that means…

NaNoWriMo has begun! For those of you unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, or what I call Nano for short), it’s a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days during the month of November. Crazy, right? I’ve been doing this since 2010, and this is my fifth year participating. I’ve won two years so far, in 2011 and 2012. Both years that I lost, I was writing mainstream fiction, and both years I won, I wrote fantasy/adventure novels.

So this year I thought I would go with the statistics and write another adventure novel. It’s titled The Silencers. Here is my (working) synopsis:

Demir, the soot-covered city to the north, has never been home and “K” had to learn the hard way to live on her own in the harsh city. Taken in by the notorious league of assassins called the Silencers, she has been trained to not only survive, but to hold the lives of others in her hands. Living through the shadows of the night, she bases her life around one philosophical rule: no liabilities. When her next assignment is an ex-soldier and a potential enemy of the state, “K” is forced to question her morals and the state. If she helps this soldier, it will break the one rule her life has been rooted upon. But, he may also lead her home.

With warring pirates to the south, dark secrets within the Silencers, and an ache in her soul, “K” is forced to make a decision that will change her life for good.

Maybe a little dramatic, eh? :) Nonetheless, I am very excited for this month. I don’t make much time for writing outside of my blog, so I’m really looking forward to sitting down and creating again. Who knows, maybe this year will be the year that, after November, I will look into publishing. We will see. :)

Any other Nano participants out there? If you are, feel free to be my buddy! I’m sure I will be posting updates throughout the month in order to keep myself going – it’s not an easy feat, in the least. If you’ve never heard of this before and like to write, I encourage you to give it a try.

Even if you don’t win, it’s still pretty cool to look back and look at what you accomplished. I’m always proud of what I write in November; last year I managed about 23,000 words, and when I go back and read snippets of what I wrote, I always surprise myself with how good some of it actually is!

To all those participating, best of luck my friends!

8 thoughts on “It’s November!”

  1. I honestly did not know what Nano was about. I’ve asked friend and author Elizabeth Wyke what this was, as I kept seeing it advertised on Facebook and other social media sites. I may have some free-time to participate, but I don’t think so. I’m more of a poetry writer than a novelist. For a week, I’ve had some trouble with my hosting company and it was acting up. They fixed it, so I wasn’t really able to write any posts for a week. However, I did write a new poem this month.

    I think Nano sounds like fun, however, again I won’t be able to participate due to college. I’m studying for my three classes, and when I’m not doing that, I’m trying to study for my upcoming classes for next semester. Sucks, as I wouldn’t mind participating in Nano. Ah well.

  2. I so want to do NaNoWriMo, but I think I’m going to wait until December to challenge myself. I have a horror novel idea that’s been kicking around in my head and I really want to do it justice, and with school and freelance jobs I won’t have the time this month. But I’m hoping I can get some ideas fleshed out so I can move forward in December.

    I like the sound of your synopsis. I’m a fan of adventure/action, especially the fantasy and sci fi sort. I’ll be your buddy so I can keep updated!

  3. That’s awesome that this is the fifth year you’ve done NaNoWriMo :) I’ve never participated because I don’t really like writing much outside of my blog. Your novel sounds really interesting! Good luck on it!

  4. Best of luck to you! The excerpt you posted looks amazing – I wish I was that creative. To do it five years in a row is true dedication as well! I’ll be sure to read some of the entries when it’s all over, though I couldn’t write anything myself. I enjoy writing but I get bogged down with length dialogue and it turns into a play.

  5. That’s so awesome that you do this every year – such great dedication! Good luck with your story – sounds like it’ll be a fantastic one!

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