We’re getting down to the wire and I’m getting excited. There’s something thrilling about not allowing myself to write to prepare for the next month of craziness. That’s not to say I haven’t been writing other things, I’ve been working on synopses for some other books. But not working on the book I’m about to write when all the scenes are there waiting for me, well it’s certainly whetting my appetite. I suppose this is all part of the frenzy.

I still have a few things to do to get ready, mostly house related stuff like clean my office and catch up on some laundry. And I really need to go to the grocery store. I’ve got my crock pot all ready to go and plan to use that several times a week to make dinners easy. I also need to stock up on Diet Big Red, pretzel sticks and Tootsie Pops, my go-to writing snacks.

I find November an interesting month of choice for NaNo and I have plenty of things on my calendar already that could interfere with my progress. But I will focus on getting my pages down early so that things like Thanksgiving won’t make my word count suffer.

I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days) this year for the first time. I’ve wanted to participate for the last several years, but my deadlines have always gotten in the way. But this year things have aligned perfectly. I’ve got my book plotted and I’m eager to get started. I doubt this will serve as a blog where I update daily, as I won’t have time while I’m buried in my wip. But I wanted a place to share word counts and whatnot with anyone who might be curious.

My Scrivener file is set up, I’ve got my characters casted, color-coded scene cards are done (though I’m sure I’ll have to add more) and I’m reading everything I can find about the NaNo process. Granted I’ve written several books and my writing process is fairly similar to the NaNo suggestions – ignoring that internal editor and just getting that rough draft out. It’s kind of my natural inclination as a writer and it has served me well for the past several years. Still kinda cool to make it public and enjoy the camaraderie within the writing frenzy.

The book I’ll be writing will hopefully be the first in a new trilogy by me, but that will be my editor’s decision. But for now, the story is mine and I am really looking forward to tackling it. I’ve always had a fair bit of suspense in my books, but this one is really historical romantic suspense, definitely heavier on the suspense. My working title is The Secrets of Minna Danvers.

Wish me luck!