So I’ve decided to go ahead and take the plunge. I signed up with the people at NaNoWriMo to try to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel by the end of November. Details about the organization and the event can be found at http://www.nanowrimo.org.
Initially, I’d figured on entering my currently-in-the-works novel, Chronicle of Pren, as my novel and use the event as an excuse to get additional work done on it. But when I was reading the entry guidelines, it became quickly apparent that if I did, I wouldn’t be able to legally include any of the already complete work toward my page count. (I mean, I guess I could post it illegally, but I’m not the sort to cheat that way.) Instead, I’ve opted to write a prequel, of sorts, to the Chronicle with the intent of providing extensive background on the two ‘immortal’ characters, Luka and Zahnia. Specifically how they met and how each came upon their gifts of eternal youth. My working title for the new novel is First Empress.
If folks are interested, I’ll go ahead and post progress reports over the course of November, and—if the organization allows—I’ll see about posting excerpts from the novel itself.