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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

NaNoWriMo Steampunk

I wasn't sure I'd ever be mad enough to try it, but is seems I am.

This year I've signed up for NaNoWriMo. What this means for those of you at home who are scratching you heads and saying "You're what now?" come November I'll be doing my best to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

That means writing a minimum of 1,700 words a day, which is easily do able.

It also means that I'll be doing nothing but writing, no fluffy and procrastinating, no stopping to edit and prettify my prose. It's simply about the word count and getting a short novel written in a month, as badly written as it might be when the 30 days are up.

I have to confess, hubby isn't best pleased. He seems to think this means that come November I'll be checking out of life. I might be a little more distracted than usual but I'm not going to kill myself trying to met the goal. It's meant to be fun after all!

The challenging thing about this is coming up with something new to write. I've decided to use the experience to try something new. Something I've wanted to dabble in for a wee while. Steampunk Fantasy.

All in the name of fun this is my short synopsis for my NaNo novel:

Mercy Me

On her fifteenth birthday Mercy discovers there is far more to her eccentric family than she ever imagined. Her Father isn't just a mad scientist, he is a secret agent. In fact her whole family is in on the game and now they expect her to join the team. Then on the eve of Mercy's first mission, her father is attacked in his lab and the mysterious Gizmo he has been working on is stolen. Now Mercy and her siblings must do everything they can to get it back before the people of Evamere start to die.

All over the world this November thousands of writers will be putting their fingers to the keyboard in an attempt to write a 50,000 word novel. If you have ever considered giving NaNoWriMo a go I encourage you to join the fun. Go here to find out more and join up.


  1. Woo hoo!!!! Love the synopsis and what a picture. Mercy me indeed!

    Looking forward to the end results.

    Will I join you? Mmmm, I'll just think on that.

  2. Yes Sue! Do it! Do it! That'd make it doubly awesome!

  3. You are both completely barking mad.
    And I am mad enough to be completely jealous.

    Best of luck to you both.

    - Chris Green
    "Nanowrimo steampunk."
    Why aren't these words in the dictionary yet?

  4. You could join us Chris ... if you're up to the challenge ;)

  5. I have to read it as soon as you have finished writing it!!!!!!!

  6. Thanks Josiah. I just might have to dedicate it to you. My first real fan!!! :D

  7. Good luck with NaNo - sounds like you've got a great idea there, and I love the photo. Looking forward to reading more.

  8. Hi Talli. I honestly can't wait to start writing this. MUST sit on my hands until November!

  9. You've twisted my arm! I'm gonna join ya!

  10. Whoohooo! It's gonna be great. Race you to 50,000 words!