Friday, October 25, 2013

It's Nano Time

As a creative writer, it's no surprise that I will be doing NanoWrimo again this year. 

I've attempted Nano every year since 2010, but I've only been successful that first year. Not that anything came of that novel. It was more of an experiment, and I am actually contemplating redoing the whole thing as a NA novel instead of YA. It doesn't work how it is now, but I truly love my characters and aging them might give them the freedom they really need to accomplish the vision I have for them. 

I think the reason for my failures the previous two years have been a combination of just not having adequate time to actually commit to writing and just a general lack of a support group. I never went to my regions write-ins, I generally didn't talk to other participants, so it always fizzled out. 

Not this year!

This year, I plan to fully immerse myself in the Nano experience. I am going to write-ins; hell, I'm even going to the kick-off party in my region this year. I'm all set with a Nano pen pal, and now I've found this Writers Unite Nano support group. 

For those here through the link-up, my name is Nichole, I am from the mitten state. I'm a recent college grad with a Bachelor in English. I am a full-time writer; I freelance, and I am compiling my writing portfolio to start applying for graduate school. 

As for my novel this year, I am expanding a short story I wrote for my creative writing class earlier this year. It's very loosely based on real-life events--more of a combination of stories I've heard or witnessed in my life. 

My Nano title and synopsis: 

Quiet Moments

Adeline and Skylar are two sisters who share a close relationship built out of necessity when their father left and their mother, Jen, turned to alcohol and a string of failed relationships. When Jen meets Paul, the girls ignore his aloof behavior because at least their mother seems happier. But Paul isn't just a little quiet and his anger soon breaks through and targets Skylar. Quiet Moments follows the sisters' relationship as one deals with abuse while the other can only stand by and watch.

Be my writing buddy on Nano: Eternal_Dreamer10

Happy Writing! 


  1. I'm participating in NaNoWriMo and Writers Unite as well! Best of luck to you this November!
    - Amy

  2. Hi Nichole! So glad to meet you through the Writers Unite group, thanks for joining and writing with us this November! Good luck! Your story draws from real life events... I'm sure that will make it have even more impact! Do you think that makes it harder to write?

    See you in the group! :D

    1. Hi Paola, I'm excited to be a part of the group. As for drawing on real life experiences, it's going to be tough considering half of the experiences are mine and the other half I'm creating from an outsider's perspective. But, my goal is to capture the emotional toll of abuse not only between the victim and the abuser, but the more farther reaching affects. We will see how it goes.

  3. Your synopsis sounds haunting! I can't wait to see what comes of it. :) I'll add you on the NaNo site, too. Good luck!

  4. YES. Last year was my first time participating in NaNoWriMo and I definitely did not have the time or the support system. This year will be different! For both of us!

    Ooh, I really like your novel synopsis, especially the aspect of portraying the effects of abuse from one character who’s dealing with it and the one who isn’t.

    Good luck!

  5. This will be my first year participating in NaNoWriMo. I have a story idea, but otherwise I am going in unprepared. I just want to see what it's like and gauge what works and what doesn't on my own. That, and I'm too shy. I've only recently returned to my writing passion and I feel like less of a writer because of the long break. I want to get back in the game before I really put myself out there.