So it looks like I’m going to be participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. My goal is to write a holiday-themed story that I’d like to get done, though at this point in time I only have the very basic sketch of a plot in mind. We’ll see what happens, eh?
I first tried my hand at NaNoWriMo in 2006. That year I wrote Between Brothers, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could actually write 50,000 words in 30 days without quitting the day job or going mad in the process.
The next year, 2007, I had an obligation to write a series of short stories for Amber Quill Press. I signed up for NaNoWriMo again, and blatantly ignored the rule of writing just ONE story. My goal instead was that elusive 50k. I managed it, hitting the word count while writing the stories in my Vic and Matt series, The Positions of Love.
Then came 2008. When November rolled around, I was in the middle of another Vic and Matt story which later became Seventh Inning Stretch, which had a deadline for submission so I couldn’t just set it aside. But as soon as I finished it, I started my NaNo novel. Unfortunately, I got a little stuck and didn’t see it through. For the record, though, that story eventually did get done and became A Cowboy’s Heart.
In 2009, I didn’t sign up for NaNoWriMo. Things were hectic and I didn’t get much writing done, particularly near the end of that year because my elderly cats were both ill and required a lot of care and attention. I don’t remember exactly what I did write then, to be honest. I have really good records for some years and then squat for others.
In 2010, I started JMS Books. I was busy getting the business underway, republishing stories of mine that were coming out of contract, and editing upcoming releases for the press. This was the year I realized I had to farm out the editing if I hoped to keep writing as I published other people! I tried my hand at a story and got 30k into it before calling it quits. That half-a-novel is sitting on my hard drive, waiting to be finished. I know where it’s going; I just have to get it there. It’s a gender-bending sci-fi story that really is a lot of fun, and I love the two main characters. I just need to find a free moment to get them to their happily ever after.
In 2011, I had a list of short stories I wanted to write. These were some YA stories that were eventually published under the name J. Tomas, and some gay erotic romance stories I released in 2012. Again, I followed the 50k rule, but not the one story rule.
Last year, 2012, I started November already working on something that eventually became A Present for Daddy. Then I fiddled around with another story that just wasn’t jiving for me then, but which came together nicely this past summer. At the end of the month, I started another novel I got about 30k into before setting aside (another fun one I can’t wait to finish, though I’m not quite sure where it’s going).
All that’s to say that THIS year, I hope to finish NaNoWriMo again! Wish me luck (and if you’re participating, too, add me as a buddy and I’ll add you back!). Good luck to us all!