November 1st signals the kickoff of National Novel Writing Month, also commonly referred to as NANOWRIMO or NANO. This is an event where writers all over the world challenge themselves to write a “novel” or 50,000 words of a story in only 30 days: from 12:01am on November 1st to 11:59pm on November 30th. You will receive the title of “winner” if you achieve that 50,000 word count by November 30th. While the win doesn’t come with any prize other than a self-generated certificate, significant bragging rights to anyone who will listen, and of course the personal satisfaction of achieving something that seems impossible, so far over 150,000 people have signed up to participate in 2013.
In an effort to get my own personal juices flowing and to channel my inspiration in for the next five days, I will be sharing various inspirations and insights into my NANO novel for this year and writing in general. Today, I will share a bit of a back-of-the-cover preview for the novel I will hit the ground running with on November 1st. This novel, tentatively titled “No More Miss Teel”, is a loose sequel to my NANO novel of 2011- “The Two Miss Teels.” (I didn’t participate in 2012 as I was in grad school).
No More Miss Teel
A woman with both a troubled and tumultuous past sets off on journey to the Middle East. Having lost her homeland and her closest friends, she decides to leave behind a successful writing career, the men who loved her and the man she loved, both her given and pen names, and the memories that haunt her as she makes a journey to the Holy Land as a missionary. As a woman who has always been a missionary at heart, she hopes to somehow foster peace in troubled lands, while also achieving her own inner peace.
As she works to come to terms with many of the choices she’s made in the past, she finds herself caught in the middle of religious and cultural clashes between her new Israeli and Palestinian friends and neighbors.
Will helping her inner circle of friends understand their history of hate and violence help her understand the decisions she made? Or will she succumb to the conflict and be forced to choose a side? Will she be able to remain safe in a dangerous land with no one to look after her but herself?
Visit www.nanowrimo.org if you are interested in giving NANOWRIMO a shot this year!