Friday 29 October 2021

NaNoWriMo is almost here...


Since I signed up the other day, I thought I'd write my annual National Novel Writing Month blog post. 😅

I've been taking part in NaNoWriMo for a long time. My first time was way back in 2006. 😯 This is something I make room for every year because I enjoy it so much. 

Actually, this year I made sure to leave November clear of any revision projects so I can write a new first draft.

Anyway, here's my history:
  • 2006: UF (Angie)
  • 2007: SFR (Shade of Grey)
  • 2008: SFR (Shade of Blue)
  • 2009: Horror (Sinful)
  • 2010: Futuristic (Embracing Sunlight)
  • 2011: N/A
  • 2012: UF (Torn from the Shadows)
  • 2013: SFR (Dash)
  • 2014: UF (Willow)
  • 2015: YA Historical (MixedTape)
  • 2016: YA Horror (Haunted)
  • 2017: YA SF Thriller (Cosmic Girl)
  • 2018: YA Horror (Madness)
  • 2019: SF Historical Horror (Neon)
  • 2020: Horror UF (Destiny)

As you can see, I only missed one year since I started. That was in 2011 because I was working on edits for my first Samhain Publishing novella release, and couldn't do both.

Another thing you might notice is that I've written drafts in a variety of genres, which is something I love to do. Ideas come to me all the time and if they're strong and interesting, I never turn one away because of genre.

I also take this opportunity to write stories for myself. You know, those ideas that you purely write because you want to read them. Yep. Those.

This year, I'll be working on a haunted house ghost story that has been bubbling inside my head for a while, but has become two tales blended into one. Plus other odd bits and pieces, too. It's going to be a claustrophobic horror story about a beautiful big house full of dark secrets and plenty of creep.

Asides from letting my thoughts run wild until I officially start on Monday, the NaNoPrep is done. I'm excited about this story because the characters are getting louder and the spooky level is giving me goosebumps. 😅

Have a happy weekend!

PS. If you wanna be buddies, I'm YolandaS. 😁

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