NaNoWriMo! A New Project and 30-Day Writing Experiment

It’s almost heeeere!!


National Novel Writing Month kicks off tomorrow, as many of you are well aware. Whether you’re participating this year or cheering the rest of us on from the sidelines, I hope your November has great things in store!


As I’ve been teasing for a couple months now, I will be working on a Brand New Secret Project during November, and I’m going to try and knock out the complete first draft. Which, true to form, will probably be closer to 70K or 80K words than the requisite 50K.


Good. It’s been a while since I really pushed myself. ^_^


You can friend me on under the username aliblade22. Also, keep your eyes out for my NaNo pep talk, hitting an inbox near you some time this month!




As I’ve been sworn to secrecy and can’t tell you what my new project is actually about, I’m going to tease you with very vague hints about it instead.


Genre: YA Fantasy


Related Adjectives: Romantic, Tragic, Nostalgic, Whimsical, Absurd


Things I have researched in preparation: Court jesters, Victorian etiquette, card flourishers, slight-of-hand magic tricks, Tudor revival architecture, nursery rhymes, hedge mazes, nobility, lady’s maids, pumpkin patches, turtle soup


Hero’s name: Jest


Heroine’s name: Lady Rosana Cordula


(Names obviously subject to change.)


How long this idea has been in my head: Almost 2 years.


What I’m most excited about: Jest! In my head, he’s crazy hot. I hope I can accurately capture that.


What I’m most nervous about: The world-building. Unlike the Lunar Chronicles, in which everything is based on science, technology, and relatively plausible politics, the world I’m creating for this new project is fantastical and ridiculous and frequently defies the laws of physics. It’s going to be a challenge for me to not be constantly questioning, “But how is that even possible?” It’s not possible—that’s kind of the point.


When I’ll be able to tell you concrete details: Hopefully January or February. Which is ridiculously soon!





In addition to working on my first non-Lunar Chronicles novel, I’m trying a fun new writing experiment this month.


A while back, I asked blog readers to tell me about some of the coolest and strangest places they’ve ever spent time writing.


Using those ideas and my own imagination, I am going to attempt to write in 30 different locations this November and, of course, blog about it.


I’ll be recording how long I write there, how comfortable it is, how many words I add to the WIP, whether or not I would write there again, and other general thoughts on what makes a good writing location.


As I’ll be at the Vegas Valley Book Festival for the first three days of the month, my first post may be a little delayed, but otherwise I am going to try and post about my experiences every day… more or less


So… who out there is NaNoing with me? Feel free to share some tidbits about your novel in the comments!