NaNoWriMo 2016 – Day 1

November snuck up on me! At least I’m prepared for NaNoWriMo. Well, as prepared as a pantser will be.

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I had a few story ideas and, a week or two ago, my 11-year-old son helped me choose which one to write. Since then, I have named a few of the main characters and thought about a general story line. Here is my synopsis from my novel announcement:

Tulpa pets are all the rage. Everyone has one. Except for high school student Jen. (I’m pantsing the story again this year, so we’ll see where the story goes from there.)

The working title is Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Tulpa. Why? Because I love the Beatles song that inspired the name (Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey from one of the best, if not the best, albums of all time) and it kept getting stuck in my head. So I went with it. I’ll come up with a better title once the first draft is finished.

It will be a young adult novel and I’m going to write this one in first person. This will be a fun challenge, because I wrote in third person last year and it was intended for adults. Yes, I cursed freely in that one. Won’t be cursing so much, if at all, in this one. I plan to make it something my son can read.

As for the actual writing, I’ll be writing on my iPad during lunch at work again. Then writing for another hour or two at home in the evening. I’ll be using Scrivener at home again this year. I didn’t use it “properly” last year because I just put in a bunch of text pages for each chapter. Not rebellious, just lazy. But it was easy to go back and break out the novel for revision.

Enough writing about writing for NaNoWriMo 2016…

Good luck, fellow participants! We can do this!

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