It’s National Novel Writing Month! Yesterday, on November first, I started writing the sequel to the young adult novel last year. So far, I have 5,021 words. I need 50,000 by November 30. So, I’m a little bit ahead right now, which is great because I know that there will be days that I can’t or don’t feel like writing, because my schedule is really full this month already. For example, I’ve got class this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, and I have to work on Tuesday nght. I’m going to try waking up earlier so that I can get some writing done in the mornings.
Not to jinx myself or anything, but this book is, so far, easier to write than the first one. Probably because I already know most of the characters really well. It’s also going to be a different type of books. While the first was a coming-of-age tale with a lot of romance thrown in, this one is definitely more angsty. Everyone will be at odds with one another at some point. It’s senior year of high school, when you make many of the toughest decisions you’ve had to make in your short life. Where will you go to college? Stay together or break up? That sort of thing. I’m really looking forward to writing all of that. I think it’s going to be terrific fun!
So if I’m grouchy this month, it’s probably because I’m not sleeping much, and I’m spending my time in the heads of angry teenagers who are determined to get their way at all costs. And because I am not getting to write as many makeout scenes. Actually, that is kind of a relief.