For this year’s National Novel Writing Month, I was in it to win it. Granted, I am in it to win it every year, and I probably would not keep participating if I never finished, but 2012 marks my seventh year of participation and my FOURTH win!
This year I decided not to outline, as last year I believe it was outlining that killed my story dead in the second week. Instead, I chose a theme: erotic vampire western – and I ran with it. And run with I did, because before I knew it my characters came alive and my story got away from me. I felt less like I was writing and more like I was catering to the muse. I couldn’t STOP writing some days, and the usual dread that I face during NaNo every now and again did not come to me this time. I do not think there was a day this entire month that I didn’t think I was going to finish. I had my head in my game and my nose to the grindstone, or fingers to the keyboard, actually.
I used to think it was one of those mythological things that people talked about – getting that point where the story just writes itself, but it happened to me this month. There was no shortage of ideas or inspiration, I was flooded with both in abundance and my wacky manuscript shows it.
I LOVE this story. I love it so much, I’ve decided that I am going to challenge myself to either finish it completely (because of course reaching 50K does not make a first draft complete, necessarily) or write another 50K. I am guessing that this story will shape up to either be one really long ass book, or a series, and I like that idea. I am forging ahead with this one.
One of the biggest things I have to decide soon is which genre I will cater to. This is a western, no doubt. Set in 1867 in a podunk prairie town out west, a vampire arrives on a new train line. There are lots of characters and story arcs, romance, sex, death.. and horror, of course there is horror. There is an awful lot to work with, and I have to step up my scares and either tone down or heat up the sex depending on whether I want to go the romance or erotica route, and I am thinking the former is where I will be headed – I would actually love to share this story with my friends and family and the thought of them reading my raunchy sex scenes brings on an anxiety attack in me. So we will see how that goes.
Whelp, another November gone, another NaNoWriMo won – time to move on!