Last November, for the first time since I started Nano (linked if you have no clue what I mean), I didn’t finish the 50K. I was really disappointed with myself, and wasn’t sure I’d be able to come back. Then I remembered how often I’ve told other Nano folks that “winning” in Nano doesn’t matter. What matters is that you jumped in, tried, started a book, and accomplished a big step forward in your writing life. So I’m taking my own advice, girding up the old loins, and plunging right back in. After all, even if I didn’t make 50K, I have around 25K of what could turn into a fine story.

That story, which is a fantasy, is percolating in the back of my mind right now. This year’s Nano will be a Regency romance. The tentative title is Her Perfect Knight. The heroine is a strong-willed girl who’s managed to capture the handsomest man in London. She is certain that she is in love and that nothing can disturb her bliss and her happily-ever-after ending. But of course something does. She discovers that her own happiness is bringing misery to others that she dearly loves, and when she goes about to “fix” things, she just makes them worse, and turns up an old family secret besides.

I’ve got an outline started and a pretty good idea where I’m going, but I’ve got some doubts. Lucinda’s character has to work well, or the whole story will fall down.

Since my “Kathy Trueman” person writes fantasy, I probably won’t post my progress in this blog (see my Catherine Dove blog for that), but I’ll check in if something comes up of more general subject matter than Almack’s and tea cakes.

But it’s November 1st, and time for me to get started!!



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