NaNoWriMo, or “National Novel Writing Month,” is an annual novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world. The goal is for each participant to complete an approximately 50,000-word novel by the end of the month.
I know it sounds a little extreme to crank out a novel in a mere 30 days, but the point is not to complete a work of perfection in this time. It’s just to get procrastinating writers like myself to get all of those ideas floating through their heads onto paper and into a complete rough draft.
Well, my goal when I got home from Europe, aside from finding a job and finally learning how to poach an egg, was to write more.
A coworker (because I found a job, check.) mentioned that she was thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo, and asked that since I’m a writer would I like to participate as well so we could be writing buddies? Well, I don’t think this egg-poaching thing is ever going to happen (HOW do you prevent the whites from falling apart??), so I figured I should keep at least one of my resolutions.
The only problem is, NaNoWriMo started yesterday and I don’t know what to write a novel about.
I have however, in between all of my breaks to drink tea/look out the window/Instagram/stare at a blank screen, started a list of potential plots.
On the Road Again
Legendary American rock star Molly Archer has lived hard and fast on the edge since she got into the music business. A long-time heroin user, she dies instantly at the age of 42 from an overdose. Her teenage daughter Carmen goes on a yearlong trek through the country to Molly’s old haunts, meeting the people who so heavily influenced her mother and trying to understand the mysterious Molly who abandoned her long ago.
Five strangers suddenly find themselves trapped in a subway car during the worst hurricane of the decade. With record-breaking winds overhead and a lot of time to kill, they soon realize that they all have more in common than they thought.
Charles Miller becomes a widower after his wife of 54 years passes away. Now that he’s living on his own, he finds a smaller and more manageable home in which to reside. Always a logical and no-nonsense kind of man, Charles isn’t bothered by the house’s old age, close proximity to a cemetery, and rumored “hauntings.” But a lot of strange and unexplainable things start to happen, forcing Charles to face some secrets of his past; and he begins to learn that perhaps his wife had some secrets of her own…
Todd the Tadpole Learns to Swim
A tadpole is born to two proud frogs. Learn about the ups and downs of Todd’s journey as he discovers just how hard growing up can be for a tadpole!
“Nobody’s perfect. We all have our vices,” thinks Vivian J., as she shakily reaches for her third cup of coffee that morning. Follow the stories of Vivian J., Mark S., Derrick P., and many other Cafeholic Anonymous members as they share their daily struggles to resist reaching for that hot cup of java. The jitters, alertness, over-productivity, and collapse of all meaningful relationships have inspired cafeholics all over to “Say No to the Joe.”
Piece of Cake
Brenda Byrne has been a professional cake maker for thirty years in her small New England town. Amongst weddings, anniversaries and birthdays, the cake business is booming for Brenda. But when Brenda is asked to bake for the wedding of the mayor’s daughter, Brenda learns that her job isn’t always a piece of cake!
Todd the Tadpole Learns to Jump
A heart-warming sequel to Todd the Tadpole Learns to Swim, devoted fans of Todd can continue to follow his path into froghood.
Pledge of Allegiance
Sugar Lane Summer Camp has been filled with sing-a-longs, s’mores, and silliness every year since anyone can remember. But this summer, a new camp director is in charge; Lieutenant Clint Stuyvesant is a retired military war hero with a lot of ideas of how things are supposed to work. Under Lieutenant Stuyvesant’s dictation, the beloved Sugar Lane becomes more of a boot camp than an enjoyable summer break for kids. In between the 5am wake up calls and physical conditioning routines, can the campers and counselors convince Clint to change his ways?
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
John Ferraro has worked every day of his life since he turned 15. Now the long-time CEO of a huge corporation, he has everything he ever wanted: a huge house, a shiny car, and millions of dollars to boot. But as he nears his upcoming 60th birthday, he starts to wonder if money and success aren’t the only things life is about. When the 8-year-old Sally Madison moves next door, she and John form an unexpected relationship. The bubbly and optimistic Sally shows John that life has so much more meaning than he thought.
Todd the Tadpole Gets Eaten by a Pelican
The series is over!
A girl suddenly goes blind because she’s been STARING AT HER COMPUTER SCREEN TOO LONG BECAUSE SHE CAN’T THINK OF A PLOT FOR THIS NOVEL SHE FOOLISHLY AGREED TO WRITE.
The Girl Who Finally Came Up with a Plot and Wrote a Novel in a Month and It Got Published and Became a National Bestseller
You’ll just have to read this one to find out what it’s about!