Wednesday, October 31, 2012

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, begins on Thursday. I am using this time to write a first draft of one novel and do a first edit on another. I have never participated in NaNo, but I think it will be a good tool to use for setting a routine of daily writing.

I will start with Letters to Charlie, which is in the outline stage. I have my concept down on paper and am excited to begin the real work.

Letters to Charlie is the story of young widow Harper Talbot's struggle to come to terms with her husband's sudden death by composing ten years' worth of letters which chronicle their childrens' lives after he is gone.

My second work, Echoes also deals with loss, but of a child instead of a spouse. It is already complete, awaiting its first revision. I wrote the first draft of this novel in longhand on a stack of legal pads during one of my husband's hospitalizations after his cancer diagnosis. It is a testament to the healing powers of channelling grief.

In Echoes, Blake Grimball goes into a four-year tailspin of depression after she loses both her newborn son in an accident and her husband to infidelity in the same day. To fulfill her grandfather's final wishes, she returns to Charleston and must unravel Papa Grimball's legacy of adultery and lies to find the truth about the man she thought she despised. Along the way, she discovers she might have been hasty to judge her husband and, with the help of a mysterious boy who has adopted her South of Broad garden as his playground, she learns to deal with her loss in order to move forward with the life she had put on hold.

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