November is National Novel Writing Month, and it is quickly approaching. Every year in November thousands of authors come together online for “30 days and nights of literary abandon.” It’s kind of like one big writing exercise. The Office Of Letters and Light blog offers tons of great information, and you can also glean great insights from other authors in the forums.

Each author’s goal for the month of November is 50,000 words, which averages about 1,667 words per day. The only requirement is that you start writing a new novel on November 1st. It does have to be a novel, and it does have to be new. It can’t be something that you have already started, and it can’t be a non-fiction. It’s as simple as that.

There are actually writers that gather at coffee houses and libraries to begin writing at 12:00 November 1st. Yeah, I’m not one of those writers.  Last year was actually my first year participating in NaNo, and half way through I decided that while my novel was great, I didn’t really want to continue writing it… I know that sounds lame, but I don’t normally write fiction. I was writing a Christian romance novel, and decided that that just wasn’t really the genre for me.

This year I have been playing back and forth with a few different idea’s for a novel that I might work on through November. I started off thinking historical fiction. It was between a Civil war setting (as my children and I studied the Civil war this past summer and even attended a reenactment), or a Bible story written in a modern day setting. I really liked the idea of writing about Esther, but am scared it might turn out as just another Cinderella story. Then I played around with the idea of writing about St. Nicholas in a modern setting, but I was out of the time I needed to research that one (maybe next year).

I now have it narrowed down to two possibilities. A modern-day Ruth, or a Christian story of forgiveness. Here are my two teasers, I would love for you to vote on your favorite:

Ruth: A Modern-Day Bible Story

  • The tragic accident rocked Ruth’s world. Her husband was gone. He had been killed along with his father and brother when their return plane from America had crashed. Her mother-in-law was being forced by the missionary agency to return to the U.S., her sister-in-law was moving back home to her parent’s house, and Ruth’s whole world seemed to be upside down. Still being in her early 20’s she had her whole life ahead of her, but that wasn’t true for her mother-in-law Naomi. Thus, Ruth makes the decision to leave her country, accompany Naomi back to America, and form a new life in her late husband’s homeland.

Tear Stained Days

  • Devastated by her husband’s unfaithfulness, Beth’s faith is challenged in a whole new way. How can she trust her husband after what he did, how can she trust God when He let it happen? Everything she has ever believed tells her to fight for her marriage, to work through it and stick with it. But in today’s world when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Can she ever forgive him for what he did to her, or is she really fighting a losing battle?

I must admit writing about Ruth is appealing because it already has the outline written for me, it would be easy. But a while back I read an article about writing for ‘the one‘, which suggested that if you really want to have a good book, you should write it with an individual in mind. One specific person. I can do that with the second. So, I’m torn. Both could turn out as amazing stories (or complete failures), but I have to pick one!

What about you? Do you Nano?

If you are participating this year, I would love to connect with you. They haven’t launched the Writing Buddies feature yet this season, but it’s coming soon! While we wait for that, do you know what your novel is going to be about? Would you like to share a teaser with us?


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