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Prep for NaNoWriMo 2013 October 23, 2013

Posted by shannonmuir in Uncategorized.
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I’m prepping to go into another NaNoWriMo, where if I complete this one will be in my ninth consecutive November “win”. This caveat came about because I attempted Camp NaNoWriMo this summer with the same 50K limit, but fell a bit short – a bit over 10K of words. I found it really didn’t go with my writing style, and being with a whole “cabin” of unmotivated people – some of which even dropped their word count to “win” – did not motivate me. I think the self-focused route works for me.

So what to write? Well, to be honest, it was going to be the 6th book in the Willowbrook Saga as of my plans in the early year. Then that became the manuscript I tried at Camp NaNoWriMo. So what to do?

In one of my earlier books and one of the few not to start as a NaNoWriMo project, THE HEART’S DUTY (of which a portion of it began serialized on Goodreads), the main character’s mother evolved into a character that left a lot of interesting questions. Given the kind of man her second husband turns out to be – spoilers! – why does she end up married to him in the first place? We have hints of why her first husband left her, but is that the whole story?

So what I have ready to go is DISCOVERING THE HEART’S DUTY, from the viewpoint of Kristine (McHenry) David’s mother in the aftermath of her divorce and the choices she makes to become the woman we know later in THE HEART’S DUTY. I have a feeling I’m going to discover levels of complexity to her character that were not apparent to me doing the other book. I have a month and 50K of words to find out!



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