If I don't post regularly for a few weeks, it's because November is National Novel Writing Month.
Known for short as NaNoWriMo, this began as a challenge between friends to write a novel in a month. The idea spread and was put online as a means of keeping everyone in touch. Now, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world take part every year.
The challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You are allowed to plan, outline, research, build characters etc., in advance, but you don't write one word of the novel until 1st November. Then it's an average of 1,666 words a day, every day. So I'm going to be really busy.
This year I’m writing the next book in my science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel. It’s called Crisis of Conscience at the moment, but that may change later. Life is really busy at the moment, so I’m not reaching my daily target of words, but just writing every day is something I haven’t done in a while, so it’s still a win. And I end up with more of the novel than I started, which is also good.
So please be patient, and apologies to my history fans. Your turn will come.
Ann Marie Thomas is the author of four medieval history books, a surprisingly cheerful poetry collection about her 2010 stroke, and the science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel. Book one, Intruders, and book two Alien Secrets, are out now. Follow her at http://eepurl.com/bbOsyz