The whole idea of National Novel Writing Month is to make people write a 50.000 word (or more) novel in a month.
Yes. To force the established and wanna-be author alike away from doing everything else but write. That means disregarding the feverish need to clean the cupboards when a deadline is approaching. Forcing the writer to switch off the TV no matter how interesting and entertaining the brainless reality series is. And - the horror of all horrors - NaNoWriMo forces the writer to sign out of the social media. I hear you gasp. Withdrawal symptoms to be expected.
As they say in NaNoWriMo's official website:
"National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. "
When you write so many words in a month, you are forced not to edit what you write, but keep on churning out those words. Not much time to plan in advance (hence the pantser approach). The results may be hilarious, but quite often the novel that is born out of NaNoWriMo is edited into a real book.
When I wrote The Book of Witches in 2016, I had never taken part in NaNoWriMo, and the thought of actually writing 50.000 words in a month gives me the chills. But I thought I'd give it a try.
As the name Space Witches reveals, this reading is be on the lighter side. The genre is YA.
I wrote this story from "the seat of my pants" as the definition goes. I had an idea where to start, but I let the story take me where it wanted. But yes - ancient Egypt is there, as is a rather sci-fi setting. Yes. Space. Impossible mix, you say? Well, you can soon check out how I managed to weave them together. Always loved a challenge...
I sent the story as daily emails to people who signed up for them. Now the book had gone through editing and is available as an ebook.
You can read the story of Wattpad.