If you follow me on my other social media accounts you might know that I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year.
What’s NaNoWriMo, you may ask?! It stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s a challenge writers both new and old take each November to practice their writing habits and write… every day… in November. The aim is to hit 50,000 words which seems like a lot, and it is. Which is why it’s a fun challenge… not selling it to you, am I?
This year I am, for some inexplicable reason, ahead by a few days and I’m writing a story I both love and loathe. You know when you have an idea in your head but when you come to do said idea it doesn’t turn out the way you had envisioned? That’s currently happening to me.
I can’t say it’s a familiar feeling because most of my books go in the way I originally dreamt them, but this year the story is veering into an unknown place and I’m not particularly happy with it, but I know enough to trust my brain. It will figure it out as we go.
Every year there is a theme – I don’t think I’ve ever followed the theme before so maybe that’s part of the problem. I’ve added elements to the story to fit the theme and that’s what’s sending me on a wild goose chase… where is that plot? The theme is time travel. I love time travel. Anything in TV shows, movies and books that has time travel in it captures my attention and imagination. It’s my guilty pleasure but I’m finding that I don’t write it as well as I consume it. But do I quit? Hell no!
You see, NaNoWriMo is a time to explore writing in a friendly-competition-esque manner. It doesn’t require good writing. It doesn’t require fantastic plots and characters. It just requires words on a page which is what I excel at! The fine tuning comes later for me – my editing process is where I hammer out the details, finding the curves and lines, the shape of something within the mass of clay I’ve slung.
I would give you more details about what I’ve written but I’ll save that for a future post. Just for fun! (Although, if you’re a super sleuth you’d be able to find details somewhere online). What I will do is share with you the title – Pitch Fork.
I’ll also share with you my Pinterest inspiration board – something I love doing for each novel I work on. Finding characters and ideas within pictures really helps me visualise the story so I hope you enjoy!
Based on these little snippets of information… what do you think this book is about?