The last couple of years has been...busy. I've written short stories and poetry, I've moved across the country, and unsurprisingly, I still haven't finished editing my previous NaNoWriMo project. I didn't participate in NaNo last year because of all of this, and honestly, I've missed it quite a lot.
When I took part in NaNoWriMo in 2020, I found that I particularly enjoyed it as a chance to be a part of a larger community and to have a challenging goal for something I'm passionate about. It was exhilarating to log my progress every day; it was the most productive I'd ever been on a personal project and I had the statistics to back it up.
I loved logging onto Twitter and finding others posting their word counts, celebrating story beats, and generally cheering each other on, and I loved getting the occasional note from NaNoWriMo with tips, advice, and motivation to help me meet my goal. Even if Oasis 8 never reached 50,000 words, I did finish that November with a full first draft and a renewed love for writing.
The time seems right to try again - I have an interesting idea, I'm more involved in writing organizations than I've ever been, and I even have a local writing group that I can look to for support. Between building a career in freelance writing or businesses and spending the last several months compiling an anthology of existing work, I think this will be a good change of pace for me.
So, if you are interested in my project for the year, here's my synopsis:
The Raven King is a dread figure in the land of Ravenek, its domineering tyrant who, no matter how many times he is slain, is destined to rise again. Every so often, a new hero is chosen to bring the current king's reign to an end. This time, the hero will learn a dark secret that threatens to destroy his worldview...and his world.
To follow my progress, you can join me on my NaNoWriMo page. Look forward to story snippets, writing struggles, and a new level of determination.
See you on November 1st.