My plans for NaNoWriMo + A short reading update

Recently I’ve been thinking about writing a novel. Not the novella kind, or a collection of my short stories, but a full-length book that introduces a basic plot and multiple viewpoints.

Also recently, I found out about National Novel Writing Month. While you can discover more about the project on its website, I’ll give a basic rundown here. Basically, it’s a challenge taken on by thousands of writers every year, encouraging them to try and write the first draft of a medium-length novel in a single month. This month is typically November, though they have a community and classes all year round. By the time you’re reading this it’ll already have started for 2021, though I wouldn’t say it’s too late! Assemble your ideas and start writing!

NaNoWriMo is great if you have a book idea you’ve been holding onto for a while, but just haven’t been able to find the motivation to put your thoughts down on the page. At the very least, this month can be a great time for you to plot out your novel, or practice writing some short stories. If you’re planning on going for the full book, the suggested length is 50,000 words—roughly three hundred pages. (Though this, of course, is also quite flexible.)

Hold on—let’s backtrack for a moment and erase the original “recently.” I’ve wanted to write a book for over a year now; the idea has been bouncing around in my head ever since I re-discovered historical fiction and fantasy. While I won’t give too much away about the current project, it’s oriented more into fantasy, with connections to all the short stories I’ve posted thus far. Can you possibly guess where I got this connected-universe idea? While not completely original, I do believe it’s a concept with room for further exploration.

New Book Reviews

I’ve been trying to read more as of late, and though success is limited, I do have a couple new book reviews to share with you today.

My review of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4288575384?book_show_action=false

My review of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4272992215?book_show_action=false

While I’m pressing pause on A Song of Ice and Fire for the time being to finish reading the Stormlight Archive sequence, I do plan on finishing the books in the future. The first installation in the series was quite good, and I personally enjoy the gritty realistic feel of Martin’s novels. It serves as an interesting break from Sanderson‘s lively, magic-based worlds.

As always, I’ll invite you to comment. What have you been reading? Do you plan on participating in NaNoWriMo? What’s your book about?

As always, Nai aurelya nauva mára! 

—J.

Published by J. Dan Goodberry

Writer, blogger, composer of music and fan of the genres of fantasy and historical fiction.

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