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“You committed to doing what?” My husband had that look on
his face where he scrunches his forehead down into his eyes because he’s
I had to explain. “NaNoWriMo.
It stands for National Novel Writing Month.”
His eyes went back in place but he turned his head, giving
me a sort of sideways look. “I thought every month was a writing month for
“Yes, but this month, well actually for the month of
November, I’m writing with thousands of other people who are going to hunker
down and hammer out 50,000 words in thirty days.”
“50,000 words in thirty days?”
I watched as his eyes rolled up in his head, doing a little
“That’s 1667 words a day.” I didn’t have to do the math. I read it
online. “Of course there’s Thanksgiving in there.”
“And we may be traveling a couple of those days,” he added.
I hammered the numbers into the computer’s calculator.
“Okay, 50,000 words in twenty-seven days is 1852 words per day.”
“And we’re packing and moving.”
“True. Maybe I should round that up to 2000 words a day and
give myself a little breathing room.”
“Did you account for Sundays, days we’ll be taking care of
grandkids, and don’t you have a book signing in Lexington coming up?”
“Piece of cake. I’ll just aim for 2500 words a day and that
should cover any days I can’t write.”
“Does that include your blog?”
“Ha! I got you on that one. My blog is ready for November.
It’s the month I dedicated to studying how to write a mystery or suspense
"I’m calling it ‘Whodunit University.’
I have a lead story for November 5th,
a writing contest,
a ‘class’ my readers can take on the 12th,
visiting ‘professor’ teaching on the 19th,
and a fun little piece I’m
calling The Final Exam” the day before Thanksgiving.
“I’m impressed,” he said. I could see that. He gave me a hug. “I didn’t know your next novel was going to be a mystery.”
“Uh…it isn’t. I’m just sort of gearing up for the future.”
But it is true. I registered for NaNoWriMo. Though the
timing is right to pursue my next project, I actually have ulterior motives.
First, “winners” of NaNoWriMo (those meeting their 50K goal) have a chance to purchase Scrivener (software for
writers) for 50% off its normal purchase price. I want that.
Second, I want to write something of a romance novel. Don’t
roll your eyes. I have a very good reason for this. My other works have been
written from a single point of view. I want to stretch myself. A romance novel
is generally written from two points of view…the man and woman involved in the
story. Hang on….this is leading to the mystery/suspense writing.
You see, the mystery/suspense novels I enjoy, generally have
multiple points of view. If I can take this next book to learn two points of
view by writing a romance, I’ll be well on my way to being able to write a
If you are interested in giving a shot at writing that great
story you’ve always had in mind to put to paper, it isn’t too late to join
NaNoWriMo—just Google it.
But if you want to start by trying your hand a short mystery
piece, join me on this blog, A Novel Creation for the month of November. I
think mystery writing takes a special touch. I’ve done a bit of reading and
exploring and I’m anxious to share “Whodunit University” with you beginning
Don’t keep me in suspense…in the comment section below, share your ideas for ways to
improve your craft and stretch yourself as a writer.