NaNoWriMo, here we come!

by Richard Perkins

It’s official. I’ve signed myself up to work on a second novel. But wait! I haven’t even finished the first one you say!

Technically true. But I had so much fun writing my Voices of the Deep short story, that I decided to do something similar again. Don’t worry, I’m still working on Doormakers’ Fall, in case you’re desperate to know what happens to Devon.

But in November, I’ll be writing the story of Devon’s mother and father. It was a backstory I had always intended to explore. Who is Devon’s mysterious father, a man no one in Guardian Village has ever seen? How did he meet Devon’s mother, and where is he now? After thinking about these and other questions as I write Devon’s story, I’ve realized that there is enough intrigue, romance, and excitement there to fill a second book. So I’ve signed up for the National Novel Writing Month competition with the goal of starting and finishing this mystery adventure in thirty days.

You read correctly. Starting on November 1, I have 30 days to write a novel of 50,000 words or more. It should be pretty intense, given that it has taken me over a year to write the 70,000 words and counting of Doormakers’ Fall. I’ll be posting my word count status on my profile at I’ll also be posting excerpts from the new novel in the Writer’s Lair at Between now and when the contest starts, I’ll be creating a plot outline and sketching major character and location descriptions. Be sure to stop in and cheer me on throughout the month of November.

For anyone out there still reading Devon’s story in Doormakers’ Fall, I’ll post some scenes from Chapter 11 this week. And don’t forget to read the complete draft of Voices of the Deep in the Writer’s Lair.

On the professional front, I had a second interview on Friday with a solar PV technology developer. They waited a month between the first and second interviews. I’m not sure whether that’s a good sign or a bad one; I’ve given up trying to second-guess these things. If they decide to make me an offer, it could make November a challenging month. But one has to pay the bills with something. Sadly, it will be a long time before my writing starts generating any revenue, if it ever does!

2 Responses to “NaNoWriMo, here we come!”

  1. [...] to the National Novel Writing Month competition, or NaNoWriMo. In case you didn’t read my previous post on the topic, this is an annual challenge to write a full length 50,000 word novel from start to [...]

  2. [...] in a bottle, and cast it into the remorseless sea that is a publisher’s slush pile. In late September of 2008, I decided that the ill-fated romance of Devon’s mother and father would be the subject of my [...]