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NaNoWriMo Coming to Town!

Okay, a show of hands, how many of you are getting ready for NaNoWriMo this year? I’ve wanted to enter forever, but was never in the position with a WIP that I could do it. But can you guess the reason for this blog post? I’m finally taking part in National Novel Writing Month! *is thankful I like writing at night* 🙂

And, yep, I’m going for the 50,000-word goal. Hey, if I’m doing this at all, I might as well do the whole thing.

I will be taking part with my current WIP, One Light Shining, a YA portal fantasy of which I penned the “first” draft this year. I kind of tried to forget about it, but, yeah, books just don’t work that way. 🙂 50,000 words should give me about half or so of the second draft.

So it looks like I’ll be staying up late, getting up early, finishing schoolwork as fast as possible . . .  Fun stuff like that. Nibbling chocolate. Drinking apple cider. Petting the cats when my blood pressure skyrockets . . .

Okay, so I thought I’d show you guys the synopsis of my WIP, in part because NaNoWriMo kicks off shortly, and in part because, by the end of November, that synopsis is going to look a little different. With rewriting always comes changes. Here goes:

Ties of blood are easily broken.

The words Cade spoke the night he killed his brother. Or . . . almost killed. Nothing haunts him more than the reality that he failed all those years ago to end the raging conflict between the nations. So, when two strangers come through the mysterious portal in answer to an ancient prophecy, Cade is ready to see his brother pay in full.

Wrenched from their modern world into a land of swords, bloodthirsty brothers and a nonsensical prophecy, Katrina and her long-time neighbor and nemesis, Andrew, grope for some kind of purpose in this strange world . . . but on opposite sides of a dangerous border. Spurred on by embittered contempt for Andrew, Katrina is more than ready to join Cade if he takes up the sword against the country of Mithunda. Until her own lust for revenge reveals a side of herself she never knew existed.

In a sea of secrets in which both are haunted by inner demons, Katrina and Andrew are forced to give the prophetic words a closer look, to search for what they truly mean. But the prophecy is shrouded in mystery, and all around them, people are proving determined enough to go to great lengths to see it negated.

And there you have it. Keep this storyline in mind, because I’m going to publish the revised synopsis at the end of November/beginning of December.

And I must know . . . have you ever done NaNoWriMo before? How did you survive? Tips you can share? Let’s chat!



Hannah Gaudette is a home-school teen living in the hills of New England. When she’s not writing stories or training dogs, it’s a safe bet you can find her with some other animal, like cats. She’s a life-enthusiast who loves the ocean and The Piano Guys. Enough said.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Coming to Town!

  1. Hi! Congrats on making the commitment to give NaNo a go! You won’t regret it. It has never been a wasted experience for me even those years that I didn’t finish. This will be my 10th year participating in NaNoWriMo. When I started I did so purely for fun, to see what I could do with a story from scratch in 30 days. I was definitely a “pantser” back then and those 50,000 words were pretty abysmal in places. Considering it’s my 10th “nanoversary”, I’ve been tempted to dig up that first year’s work and give it a read.

    The past couple years I’ve been making a real study of story structure and though my writing is better for it, I must admit it does make it more difficult to hit the 50,000 word mark. This year I am giving myself an extra challenge: writing from a prompt and placing the story in a contemporary setting when I usually always write fantasy or steampunk. I’m allowing myself just a loose outline, more of a list of possible events for each plot point. Hopefully that will help me maintain the momentum of pantsing while still keeping the story on a proper track.

    I also just wanted to say that I started following your blog a few months ago and it has really inspired me to make a go of my own writer’s blog which I have let fall terribly into disrepair. I love reading your easy, conversational writing style, something I always have trouble achieving with my own blog posts.

    Good luck to you and your story (sounds interesting!) and have fun with NaNoWriMo! If you want to be NaNo buddies, my username on there is CLynnRose. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I’m so glad this blog has helped you with yours. Good luck with NaNoWriMo this year – we’ll cheer each other on! (I hope I make it to ten years with NaNo – that’s incredible.) 🙂

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