NaNoWriMo Day 1

Current Word Count: 2,006 (ahead of schedule!)

Since this is the first day of NaNoWriMo, I figured I’d talk a bit about how I decided on my project. As I said in my Blog Announcement last Saturday, I’ve never actually participated in NaNoWriMo. Since you’re here, I’m assuming that you already know what this challenge is basically, so I won’t bore you with details. However, my goal each day is to complete at least 1,667 words as the challenge states the goal is to complete a 50,000 word book (which is pretty short, honestly), and we have 30 days to do so.

This weekend I went though all my ideas for plots (I have a whole collection of notes and premises) to find one that I thought was a good fit. If you already had a story in mind, you’re lucky. Up until late last night, I was still deciding what to write.

But before I share what I’m writing, I had two important factors I wanted the story to fulfill. First, it had to be a premise with few characters, thus simplifying the complexity of developing a vast amount of characters. Second, it had to be a story I did not have to do a bunch of research for (because, honestly, I don’t have enough time for that and writing a book at the same time). If I wrote a historical novel or one set in a complex fantasy/sci-fi setting, I’d have to do a lot of research and world-building outside of the actual writing.

Saying that, while I won’t be talking in detail about my book on this blog and instead getting into my process as the month goes on, I’ll offer some general plot information (just so you know what kind of book I’m writing). I’ve with a general premise concerning a girl who gets kidnapped by a young man who she believes is that serial killer who has been killing women around her city. It’s a simple, thriller premise, but my idea is to get more into the brains of the two main individuals (think Silence of the Lambs, the scenes between Clarice and Lector) than the action. And, of course, there’s a great twist at the end I’m planning. It’s set in the 1970s in America, so it’s a setting I do not need to research extensively.

I just finished the first chapter today, so I have little to say yet about issues. My main concern is hitting a scene that I don’t know where to go next from. Usually, when this happens, I take a few  days off and think about the problem, but this month I don’t have that luxury. For me, it’s less of getting the amount of words down (I write rather fast anyway) and more about having a semi-good first draft by the end of November.

What are you guys planning for this month of NaNoWriMo? Are you part of a community helping each other (either on the web or in person) or are you on this road alone? Are you challenging yourself with a difficult book or an easy one (in a sense, something within your comfort zone or something you don’t usually write)? And how did your first day go? Let me know down in the comment, I’ll see you all tomorrow, and, as always,

Best wishes on your life full of adventures,

Madame Writer

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