Ok… we’ve officially reached the 1st of November!
My initial response this morning, was a whiplash headspin-esque freakout. Where has the year gone??? It was summertime barely 5 minutes ago and between the kids starting school, birthday’s, half-term, a bout of pneumonia and Halloween, we’ve bypassed Autumn and arrived at the “don’t panic, but it’s only a month until December” month! It’s now perfectly acceptable for the retail industry to explode with Christmas cheer and for parents everywhere to fear the arrival of the dreaded Christmas Wishlist, which this year contains a mermaid teddy with clothes, a baby polar bear that doesn’t grow up (with a lead!) and a real live unicorn. Santa has his work cut out for him this year!😬
Freakout aside… It’s finally NaNoWriMo! The wonderful “Oh, I can’t wait to write myself into a coma and ignore food, sleep and all social interaction”-month, that an aspiring writer “looks forward to” every year.
Now, I know the NaNoWriMo challenge is to write 50k words in a month, but let me just lay it out there now… rather than torture myself trying to smash a goal I know I’m not ready to aim for, I’ve decided to spend the month outlining and plotting my book series. Series! Yes, multiple books.
I must be insane, but the story that’s been running around my brain for months now, isn’t something I can condense into a single middle-grade novel. I need the arc of a series to do my story justice, and if I want that series to be in any way coherent and fun to read, I need to plan and plot – because I cannot Pants my way through it! I’m just not built that way!
After several months worth of research into the viking era, I know more now than I ever thought there was to know about Vikings. I found some fabulous non-fiction books that have covered everything from clothing and the way they built their ships, to their customs and mythology. Reading about their culture and history has been fascinating and I still have more books waiting to be read! But, for the month of November, research will take a back seat to plotting and outlining.
So, here goes… NaNoWriMo, here I come! Wish me luck!