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It’s that time of year again! Time for pumpkin pie, apple cider, eggnog, and of course—NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writer’s Month is a challenge put to all creative people everywhere, to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The clock starts ticking at midnight November 1st, and it ends when you’ve completed your 50,000 word count. Or midnight November 30th. Whichever comes first.

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for several years now, but this year I’m really looking forward to it. My project is going to be a little unorthodox, because it will be on a novel I’ve already started—a paranormal romance. You see, I started work on this book back in March, with a heroine who fell in love with a fey hunter of the fairy world. I soon realized, however, that my heroine just wasn’t cutting it. I didn’t really like her, and once real action began, she felt like she was a spectator and not so much part of the story. I was much more interested in the two fey characters and their world.

So earlier in October I decided to mix it up. Most of you know I recently release an LGBT romance novel; and in thinking about what would make the dynamics of my new novel really come alive for me, I decided to make my heroine a hero instead: the result was magic. And so I launched into converting the scenes over to the new character. And while it was kind of exciting, I still felt bogged down by the structure I’d created in my first draft. At 18,000 words into the second draft, I’ve made a frightening decision. I scrapped it all.

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That’s right—all 18,000 words, gone. I’m starting over November 1st with just my characters and a handful of plot ideas. And just in time for NaNoWriMo. So come midnight tonight, I’ll be typing away furiously at the novel I know is in there just dying to get out. Freed from all the encumbrances of previous drafts, I’m excited to see what happens. It will be an interesting month! My two fey characters, Morgan Wolfhame and Hector Raethgard (aptly named each) guarantee I’ll be in for some surprises.

To those of you participating in NaNoWriMo, I salute you! To those of you who aren’t yet… It’s never to late to sign up! Visit NaNoWriMo.org to set up your account and get writing! See you in 30 days… With any luck, I’ll have a fully completed novel ready for edits and submission in December!

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