WRITE A BOOK IN A MONTH? Not in my lifetime. However, after reading the November/December issue of “Writer’s Digest,” I decided it was time I give this NaNoWriMo write-a-thon a try.
National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to writers to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. Are you serious? That’s nearly 1700 words a day. Considering it took me about eight years to write my just published memoir, Monastery to Matrimony, (and that was my own life, something I knew well) how can I expect to write fiction for 30 days.
Well, of course, it is not meant to be a finished and edited manuscript. If I can get a very rough draft framed, I will be happy. I don’t do fiction easily.
This story has been tripping around my brain for a few years, but I have nary a key stroke to show for it. The story will be historical fiction, sort of a pre-prequel to my memoir. The setting is the same, St. Mary’s Convent in Nauvoo, Illinois. The time frame is 1872 to 1942, the lifespan of Sister Aloysia Beecher, an extroadinary woman whose family is said to have been closely related to Ward and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
The completed story will necessitate hours of period research, which I love to do. Obviously, the NaNoWriMo writing will not allow time for research. The bones of the book will come from an archived short story of the life of Sister Aloysia written by Mother Ricarda Gallivan in the mid 1970s.
Merely, writing this blog is a commitment to tackle thirty days of writing a skeleton story. I better get busy. The sun is setting on the second day of the month and the only thing I have written is a 286 word blog.
Feel free to respond and check on my progress.