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Storytime During the National Novel Writing Month:

Well, happy November, everyone! Now that the end of the month is slowly encroaching on us, I’d like to chat about National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is a month dedicated to writing. Gasp! The goal is to write fifty thousand words in one single month. A tough notion, yes, but doable if you are consistent, pace yourself, and have a general idea of what you want to start writing about before you begin. A brief history lesson now. (What? History was my favorite subject in school.) NaNoWriMo began in July 1999 by freelance author Chris Baty. It started in the San Francisco Bay area with 21 participants. In the year 2000, the month was changed to November. NaNoWriMo is an excellent way to start off or continue your writing. If you would like more information about them or are looking for writing tips, you can visit their website at https://nanowrimo.org/. If you do try it, I promise you won’t regret it.


For my NaNoWriMo project, I’ve been working on two novels. Generally, I’d recommend starting just one, but after talking to a friend of mine, I felt inspired to start work on ATTF Chronicles, a standalone introductory novel for a sci-fi series I am planning. The second novel is a currently untitled fantasy series with 18th-century technology.


ATTF Chronicles follows Nathaniel Redwood, captain of the Eastern North American branch of the Advanced Terrorism Task Force. The story follows his tracking of a woman whose terrorist ring has left thousands dead across New York City and who is planning a catastrophic attack across Earth’s western hemisphere.


In an alternate version of Earth, ATTF Chronicles introduces the reader to the vast galaxy in which my characters live. While this version of Earth follows our timeline, it also comes with magic, god-like beings called Precursors, and limited first contact with an alien race back in the late 1700s. Set in the 38th century, ATTF Chronicles touches on those subjects and helps set up the main series’ plot. When the novel does eventually come out, don’t worry if you get attached to these characters. Many will also be appearing in the main series.


I hope you found those little tidbits of information helpful and inspiring for your own writing career if you choose to partake in one. If not, I hope you still found this useful. If you plan on taking part in NaNoWriMo next year, please let me know! Maybe we can start a writer’s group. I’m in one right now on Discord. Other than wishing that I was a little more active, it is a beneficial experience.


All of you have a good day and stay safe. See you next time!

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