When I got an email a few weeks ago from the people over at NaNoWriMo about their summer writing program, Camp NaNoWriMo, I decided it would be a good time to get back to work on something I miss all the time: writing. It’s been several months since I wrote something for pleasure, and while I’m sure there are a very small handful of people who would urge me to go back and finish the next books in a couple of old series, my mind is not in any of those places right now at all, and hasn’t been for some time. I also struggle with the notion of devoting time to projects that don’t do well out in the wild, even at the peril of disappointing that wonderful handful of people who supported the projects back when.
I had planned to dive into a New Adult paranormal romance about a vampire, but as the first of July approached, I found my mind returning to an idea I’d discussed with James a couple years ago. This was an idea that we talked about more than once, and though neither of us ever tried our hand at writing it, it felt like it might be the right time to actually give it a shot. So, this morning, I sat down and plotted the first five chapters of a novel I am tentatively calling Starman for the time being.
High School Librarian Stacia Morgan has been in a bad place since her last relationship went up in flames. At thirty-five, she’s been ready to settle into a good relationship and start a family for some time, but without any prospects the future she craves is starting to look impossible. Hoping to escape the tick of her biological clock for the summer, Stacia heads south to the remote, private island off the coast of South Carolina where she vacationed with her family growing up.
When she meets a mysterious and handsome man named Rajiir on the beach, she isn’t sure what to think when he tells her he came from the stars. Maybe he has a quirky sense of humor. Maybe he’s mentally unstable. Or maybe, just maybe he actually crash-landed on Earth exactly the way he said he did, and now it’s up to her to help him find a way back to the stars.
I kicked off Day One with some plotting and planning, and I made a cute little cover for inspiration purposes only, and then I wrote about 500 words. I am about to see if I can write at least 500 more before it’s time to sit down and watch Captain Marvel while we all eat tacos. All in all, not a bad effort. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of some of these days I don’t have anyone in the house with me because they’re all at work. It’d be amazing to get back to that place where I could write 5000+ words in a few short hours. So that’s my goal right now… getting back to a good headspace for writing and using that space to write!
If you’re signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo, good luck! I hope you meet your goals and find amazing support from your cabinmates. I’d love to hear about your project, so feel free to chime in down below!