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NaNoWriMo 2011I took the plunge yesterday. I signed up for NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month. Yes, I’m attempting to write a novel in a month. Yes, I have lost my mind. For those not familiar with NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by midnight on November 30th. This is my first time participating and I’m not so sure I will succeed, but I’m going to give it my best shot. If I get sick, which I’m prone to, then all bets are off. But I’m not participating for the challenge. I decided to sign up for NaNoWriMo because I have a story I NEED to write. It developed from real events in my own life, but will be far from autobiographical. Here are a few facts about my novel:

1. Title: Life After
2. Genre: Urban Fantasy (I think.)
3. The protagonist is a fledgling ghost, trying to adjust to life after death. Which, includes deciding whether or not to save her lost (and very much alive) love’s life. Save him from what? You’ll have to wait till it’s finished!
4. Almost everyone in the story is a ghost who lives and works in Shadowtown.
5. The main characters work as liaisons and enforcers, keeping the thin boundary between the living and the dead secure.

For NaNo I’m using a program called StoryBox and so far I love it! I gave Scrivener a try last month but it was too much of a hassle, way over complicated for a writing program. StoryBox has many of the same features but keeps it simple.

Blogging for the next month will not be heavy. I will try to post some updates on my progress and if I’m feeling generous I’ll share some mini WIPs. My weekly art post on Wednesday will continue too, but everything else will be sparse.

Wish me luck!!

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