As you may already know, last year I heard about the National Novel Writing Month, and at the last minute I decided to participate. The infectious excitement spilling from Anna and Paul Willis compelled me to try it out and I am so glad I did! With only three days before November 1st we even talked my brother Malachi into doing it too which made it awesome!!
The whole process was a complete blast! I loved the team spirit that NaNo provides and ‘met’ some fantastic people! The NaNo Mail was super fun, and the Sprints were indispensable! I set up my desk with books and pictures to inspire me.
I had a novel I’d been working on for a while but decided instead to dive into a brand new story plan that I had a few ideas for. The end of the month produced – the completed first draft to The Star Under The City! With one day to spare! Sometimes that meant staying up late, getting up early, and bringing my laptop along when I went places, to write. It was worth it! 🙂
Set in World War II, my NaNo novel follows a resistance group in Luxembourg through the eyes of a fourteen year old girl. I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with the characters and am enjoying the editing process greatly!
I’m now a firm believer in NaNoWriMo and hope to participate again this coming November. But for now I’m editing and editing and editing the story I do have! It still needs LOADS of work but I’m excited!
If you’re a writer in need of motivation, I highly recommend this fun and encouraging method!
Here’s the temporary synopsis and and an excerpt from my novel!
The Star Under the City
A World War Two novel
When Ellen is suddenly orphaned and dropped into a strange new city under Nazi control without a single familiar face, she struggles just to make it through a day. The only regular thing in her world is the clock tower, faithfully chiming out each hour.
But her life takes another turn when she finds a metal six point star, slightly different from the mandatory ‘Star of David’ that all Jews are forced to wear.
Not only is it a sign of hope, but it sets her on a mission to find out who knows more about it. Just as she feels like giving up she meets Lenz and is suddenly thrown into a life of oppression, hardship, endangerment, and true sacrifice.
She must find out who her new friend really is, and learn lessons of trust and even surrender as she discovers the true Light of the Stars.
All I could do was point. On the floor, just peeking out from under a sheet, was a metal star, with a cross down the center.
“What’s the deal?” he asked. Pushing past me into the attic.
“Don’t touch it!” I cut him off with my arm.
We heard voices on the street, and Tytus went to the small covered window. I reached down and moved the sheet. What in the world?! I reached into my bag and carefully lifted out my own star. I held it close to the new one. They were identical.
Tytus came up behind me. “Um, I think we should get out of here. I saw a couple men down by the street, but I think they may be coming closer.”
“What would they want with an old house?” I wondered aloud.
Surprisingly, Tytus answered, “There’s a lot of things, furniture, shelter.” He thought before adding, “Or evidence.”
“Let’s go,” he said.
Are any of you planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year too? You have a while to prepare!! 🙂 Happy writing!