Once I’d heard of the annual craziness that is National Novel Writing Month, it took me a couple of years to feel ready to jump into the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. In 2004 I joined, writing the first draft of a YA fantasy spoof, Quest To Be Queen. And yes, I managed to capture all 50,000 words, even though the story was seriously scrambled! In 2005 I wrote Joy Comes in the Morning, which went through several revisions in 2009 and is currently sitting on the desk of a small publisher. In 2006 I wrote a YA fantasy, Off Beat.
And like so many things in life, once I’d proven to myself three times that I could do it, the challenge waned and I didn’t feel the need to participate anymore! Well, not entirely true. In ’07 and ’08 I was in the middle of revisions, and in ’09 I’d just completed a 57K 6-week rewrite and needed a break!
And here it is, two weeks (and a smidge) before the crazy NaNo starts again, and I want to be on board. But which story of the three–in three different genres–vying for attention? Time will tell.