It is October again! That means spoopy times, but also, approaching NaNoWriMo! I am, once more, going to take part in the event, but I already know I’m not going to “win” this year. I’m heading to Barcelona for six days at the end of the month and I just won’t be able to get in that writing while I’m there. And I highly doubt that I’ll be able to build up the kind of headway earlier in the month that missing 10 000 words would not cause a problem.

Why bother?

For me, NaNoWrimo is largely a motivational tool to help me make the words happen. I love it because it helps me focus my efforts on the stuff that I really want to get done. Even if I don’t get anywhere near 50 000 words, I’ll still have more words than I did at the beginning of November. And this is a book that I’m really looking forward to writing.

So what’s the plan anyway?

My plan right now is to start drafting the novel that I did the rewriting and planning for in July’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m going to write a Gothic ghost story set in the Finnish countryside. Essentially, I’m using my aunt’s farm, where I spent my vacations as a kid as the backdrop. Well, a version of it anyway. It has gone through a lot of changes since I spent significant amounts of time there. And the farm in my book hasn’t been a working farm in decades, so that’s going to take it further away from the real place still. But I’ve spent a lifetime telling scary stories in this place, and I’m really looking forward to actually putting them on the page.

I’m really looking forward to getting started on this book! It’s going to be so much fun!