October 17, 2013

Ready for NaNoWriMo?

It's hard to believe that NaNoWriMo starts in just two weeks! That being said, I'm very excited for NaNo2013 to get here. I've been planning this year's project since August, so I can't wait to get started on it. I've put way more advance planning into this one than into any of my other NaNo projects - I even went so far as to write an actual outline for part of it! I'm treating it as a sort of experiment; my other NaNo endeavors have turned out fairly well (with the ghastly exception of The Queen's Flower, my 2011 project) without any kind of outline and very little advance planning, so with this one I want to see if having an outline from the get-go makes the result better or worse. I know, I know, NaNo is supposed to be an exercise in wordcount productivity, not prose quality, but hey - if you can get a good novel out of the deal, why not?

We are the Rising
 Desperate to discover the fate of his family, an enslaved warrior hopes to escape the life of a gladiator and return home by forging the only alliance he can--with the dragon he's supposed to fight to the death. 
My original intent was for this novel to be classic high fantasy, but the more I plan for it, the more it turns into some kind of historical fantasy. Think Celts vs. Romans... with dragons.
Oh well. It's NaNoWriMo. We'll just have to see what happens.

Are any of you planning on entering this year? Anyone who wants to be my Writing Buddy can do so by clicking Here.
In the meantime, tell us about what you're planning for NaNo this year! Feel free to share your logline or sneak peeks in the comments box.


  1. I am going to do NaNo for the first time this year! I added you as a buddy

  2. You have an outline?! *shakes head* How is it that I've been planning this story since December and I don't have an outline?

    Well, my logline is posted on the site, but I'll share it here, too: (Because I'm not good at writing loglines and am rather proud of this one)

    "Challenges have been shouted to a deadly enemy and the small village of the Turquoise People faces the threat head on. Standing in the way of the enemy are a handful of rebels, an army of mechanical animals, an imprisoned boy, the son of a traitor, a madman, and a reforming thief. The storm has passed, a battle has been won, but the war has barely begun."

    1. Love the logline!
      Yeah, I know - about the outline, I mean. I may end up regretting it before NaNo is over, but I guess we'll see.

  3. Historical fantasy in not as common as it should. And have you read Jim Butcher's Codex Alexandra? I haven't, but it's got magical Romans.

    1. I haven't even heard of that book. I might have to check it out.

  4. I look forward to seeing where this project goes. It sounds incredibly intriguing.

  5. (Oh, and just to notify you officially, Mary. I've nominated you for a fun little thing called the Liebster Award, over at my blog: http://transcribingthesedreams.blogspot.com/2013/10/liebster-award.html


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