NaNoWriMo writer

It’s November 1st. The first day of National Novel Writing Month, when many writers–myself included–will attempt to write 50,000 words in one month. This is the second time I’ve participated in NaNo.

Prince of Shadow and Ash was my NaNo project last year. I did win NaNo (wrote 50k words), but I didn’t write the entire novel in November. I’d started it before, and I finished it in December–it was about 95,000 words in its first draft form. It’s longer than that now, haha.

My project this year is a tentatively titled Broken Sword. It’s the story of a powerful warlock who teams up with her archenemy, the man who killed her mentor, to destroy the government that betrayed them both. It’s part revenge story, part an exploration of what it means to be a hero and a villain. It’s an idea I’ve had for over a year, but it’s super intimidating. I don’t know if I’ll ever actually try to publish it–assuming I even finish it–but at the least, it will be be good writing practice and a good break from working on The Mercenary and the Mage duology.

Anyway, I should probably actually get started on writing, instead of avoiding it by writing this blog post. 😉

To all the NaNo-ers: good luck!

To everyone else: ignore the glassy-eyed look, frantic typing, and strangled groans over the next month, I’m totally fine. 😉

Categories: writing

Selina R. Gonzalez

Selina R. Gonzalez is an author of medieval fantasy. Her debut novel, Prince of Shadow and Ash, book one in The Mercenary and the Mage duology, will release in early summer of 2020.


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