And Halloween is upon us! I spend the entirety of October preparing for it: pumpkin carving, scary movie viewings with my husband, finding or creating a costume, guzzling down candy and anything remotely pumpkin-flavored.
However, this year I added a new tradition. If you’ve known me for longer than a month, you know that I’ve been preparing for National Novel Writing Month (“NaNoWriMo”), a 30-day writing extravaganza where I attempt to write 50,000 words, the length of The Great Gatsby. In addition to all of the above activities, I’ve also been feverishly preparing my novel.
Entire weekends were devoted to outlining plot, developing characters, and fleshing out my settings. Some people aren’t into outlining like me, but I’ve had a lot of fun creating my world and my characters. If anything, I’ve had a blast in the idea planning stage and I’m excited for November.
So, I decided to use my final day of freedom dressed up in costume, putting the finishing touches on my outline, and announcing my NaNoWriMo project to the interwebs.
Samantha Darkened is a psychological thriller centered around Samantha Granger, a legal assistant at a large law firm in downtown Minneapolis. After years of suffering from dissociative personality disorder, a mental disorder characterized by at least two clear personality states or alters, Sam feels like she is finally gaining control of her life. She is surrounded by people who love her including her sister, Violet, her nephew Ronnie, and the affections of a handsome attorney, Nate.
But all that changes with the death of Sam’s sister in an apparent gang shooting. She notices that large amounts of time are missing from her day as well as unexplained cuts, bruises, and injuries which force her to question the actions of her alternate personalities.
With the appearance of a new crime-fighting vigilante and a rising drug trade, Sam must reach inside herself to find a hero.
There it is! I wrote down an idea almost three years in a bound notebook I kept and I ran with the idea. Ever since, I like to jot down random ideas in a notebook, hoping that I can come back with a novel idea or next year’s NaNo project. But, if I have enough fun writing this novel, I have plans to turn it into a trilogy.
Anyway, back to prepping!
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