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Nanowrimo 2020 One for the Books!

Met my 50,000 word goal and then some...

I did it! Fifty thousand words in 30 days! (More than that actually, but more on that later.)

I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Nano. (Okay, when have I NOT enjoyed it?!) I wrote a YA Sci-fi tentatively entitled ALIEN ALLIES. It’s about a teenage boy who makes friends with the new neighbours and discovers that they are Aliens.

I had an idea for this book years ago, but then this year during Covid, when I was watching way too much Netflix, I watched the series Ancient Aliens and knew I had to somehow incorporate this theme into a story! I really like the way it turned out. It’s actually about 54,000 words in length, which is a good length for a YA novel.

Besides trying a new genre, I also tried a couple of other new things this year which helped bring freshness to the whole experience. For the first time EVER I wrote in first person POV, and I also tried using present tense instead of the usual past tense. It is kind of the ‘trend’ for YA, and I can see why. It keeps it immediate and fresh and I must say, I loved it.

I wrote quite ‘cleanly’, as in I spent more time than normal going back and editing as I wrote – not something usually recommended for a Nano project!  However, I had more time than I’ve had in previous years, and it worked out well for me. (Covid? Who knows?) So much so, that I might even try to revise and publish the thing in 2021!

Below are some stock photos I found to inspire me, as well as my official Nano “winner’s banner”.

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