Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Challenge Sparks Inspiration

      Finally a great break through! After weeks of trying to figure out how my main character Sophie goes back in time, an article about National Novel Writing Month ignites my imagination. The new book will tell the tale of how and why Sophie decided to leave Chicago, Illinois and go to Salt Lake City, Utah.  Now what was the catalyst that got my "little gray cells" firing on all cylinders?
       It was the National Novel Writing Month's (NaNoWriMo) challenge. Writers around the world are invited to write 50,000 words of a brand new novel in 30 days. Nothing like a challenge to help me out of my puddle of self pity. A few days of mulling around a few concepts about Sophie's departure and my brain is  firing faster than the supercollider.
      The hardest part is not staring the actually writing. According to the rules you can't start writing until November 1. You must have 50,000 words written by November 30 by 11:59 p.m.  So while I am waiting I am researching about Chicago, (circa:1947-1967).  What a kick!
     What neighborhood will she come from? Where will she go to school? What will be the impetus that launches her to Salt Lake City? What will her Family be like? The possibilities are endless.
     While awaiting my confirmation as an entrant into this competition, it is difficult not to write. Visualization is one of best tools. Visiting to the sites online and in books. Seeing my character as a young woman. Discovering what makes her move is key to the opening of the story.
      During November, I will be blogging about my progress in accomplishing this challenge.  Comments are welcomed from anyone who has participated in "NaNOWriMo" or who has crunched out so many words in a such short period of time.
       Come join me. The first six days of this challenge I will be on the road trying to write this novel.
Check http://www.nanowrimo.org. for more information about this exciting motivational activity.



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