It’s November 22 and after today, NaNoWriMo participants have just eight days to hit the 50,000 word mark before the 2011 competition comes to a close. Judging by the word counts I’ve seen on Twitter, a lot of people are cracking along nicely.
Now, I posted a while back about how I was intending to write short stories for my Parrots & Piracy project. I got about 1600 words into the first story, in which Captain Scarlight and Methuselah encounter the dastardly highwaywoman Lizzie Quinn, and then I totally lost interest in what I was doing. Unfortunately, I need to be in the right frame of mind to write my Parrots & Piracy stories and right now, I’m not. Too much has surfaced in the dreaded Real Life and I just haven’t been able to fit it in. I know people will cite the importance of a structured writing plan or schedule but sadly things aren’t always so cut and dry. So I’m putting the stories to one side until I’m in a better state of mind to work on them.
More importantly though, I’ve been more concerned with working on the sequel to The Guns of Retribution – I’m more excited about writing that, so my priority has been to get the outline finished. While the first book was a pulp Western about revenge and comeuppance, the second one is more of a supernatural tale that pits Grey O’Donnell against forces more savage than a cruel sheriff. I don’t have a title yet but I’ll keep you posted as to my progress.
I did a post over on Write Anything about NaNoWriMo and how to defeat the detractors, but what I’m interested in is how is everyone else getting on with their novels?