November is National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo to those in the know. If you’re not familiar with the concept, the official NaNoWriMo.org website explains it this way:
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
All those undertaking the challenge of writing a novel in a month, I salute you!
Last year was my first NaNo. I didn’t make it to the end due to circumstances beyond my control, but this year, I’ve vowed that I will finish. And I’m planning to have some fun doing it.
I signed up for a Randomizer Challenge dreamed up by Romance on the Rocks’ own fabulous Taylor Reynolds. Each writer is given randomly generated elements — three romance tropes, a character and a setting — that must be featured in our NaNo novel. It’s sort of like Mad Libs for Romance Writers.
When I got my list e-mail, it was like of opening a birthday present. I couldn’t wait to see what was inside.
- Tropes: Boardroom Romance; Athlete/Sports; Troubled Marriage.
- Character: Lawyer.
- Setting: Iceland.
After doing a double-take, I read the rest of my e-mail. Taylor, Our Gracious Lady of the Randomizer, took pity on me and proffered an alternative setting to make up for that maybe too random one.
At first I was relieved. Then I got all stubborn and feisty.
I don’t need training wheels! I’m up for a challenge! I’m not afraid to go there, even if “there” is a country I don’t know much about except that it has glaciers, volcanoes and a Viking museum!
So this NaNo novel is going to Iceland — at least for part of the story.
Now, what will my characters be doing in Iceland?
That’s … under construction. Check back with me in 30 days.