What’s A NaNoWriMo?

Ok, I know that I dropped off the face of the earth, or just WordPress, for a little while. Maybe more than just a little while. You know how it goes, life always seems to find a way to force itself into your plans and ruin everything. But that’s just a low down, dirty excuse. So, hopefully, I will be coming back with a vengeance and bringing you plenty of fun and informative posts through the end of the year! So, with that in mind, what are we going to be talking about?

As mentioned a short while back on Facebook, I have lined up a few good posts on a variety of subjects, my novel included. Coming up next is a pair of posts that I enjoyed writing, too ten stories on television: parts 1 & 2. I broke it into two posts so that I may analyze and explain what the show is about and why it made my top ten list. The shows that made te list aren’t all still going on tv, but have all made a significant impact on me as a story teller. More on that later.

Following that post, or maybe between them, will be two post strictly dedicated to my novel “The Drive Home.” The first will feature a short excerpt from the book that really sets the time for the characters and its one of my favorite scenes that, I feel, really brings realism to the characters. The second post about the novel will draw blood from the same vein, only a small pun intended. What good is writing a murder novel if you don’t talk about the minders? So the second post will be a good excerpt from the novel that shows the darker and much more gruesome side of The Drive Home. And I do mean gruesome while I’ve never murdered anyone, I didn’t pull a lot lot of punches when going into detail about the deaths of certain characters, so it may not be for those with weak stomachs. Just sayin’.

Now I’d like to touch on something that I’m very excited for, and the title subject of this post, a little competition known as NaNoWriMo. You may ask yourself. “What the hell’s a NaNoWriMo?” Other than sounding like an awful type of criminal, it’s essentially a writing competition in which the participants are tasked with writing a novel of at least 50,000 words, throughout the month of November. It’s definitely tough, but those who persevere are rewarded. The best thing about the competition is that anyone who completes their 50k word novel, wins! So, all you have to do is finish and you’re a winner! Now, there are some prizes for the best story and they’ll receive some better prizes and that’s my goal for this November. If any one is planning on taking part in NaNoWriMo, sign up on their website and give me a shout, I’d love to hear what you’re writing this November!