NaNoWriMo 2018!

Another NaNoWriMo is over and…

I won!

I did 30k words, which is standard for the Young Writers’ Program. (Shout out to a friend of mine (you know who you are) who did 50k in 3 weeks. I am so proud of you.)

I worked on the same project this year as I did last year- what I call The Nikolai Project, although that’s not the title. It still doesn’t have one, even after working on it for almost a year and a half.

What happened with this project was interesting. By the end of last year’s NaNo, I had worked on it for about three months and had 25k words of what was more romance novel than anything. After NaNo 2017, I returned to working on Lady Gwen (which released a little over a month ago and is available here) and put The Nikolai Project away for a bit. I certainly kept thinking about it– and all that thinking led to a plethora of changes I wanted to make to the plot. So the 25k words I wrote last year are no longer a real thing. My sweet arranged-marriage romance is now more of a political intrigue fantasy with a lot of romance (and yes, the marriage is still 110% arranged, because I’m the one writing it and I am absolutely in love with arranged marriage plots, okay?).

All that said, my draft is at almost 40k words now, no where near done, and there’s a lot that I need to expand, revise, etc. when I have a full draft. But regardless, I am really proud of myself and I am hopelessly in love with this story.

And my dear friend Annabeth Tyler (The Junior Inklings) drew me this gorgeous picture of Nikolai and Amira (yes, she really does have that much hair):


I had a very successful NaNoWriMo and am hoping to finish my draft of The Nikolai Project in December. In January I plan to start on the conclusion to the Gwendolyn Trilogy!

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? How did it go? Also, any political intrigue novel suggestions for me?

Thanks for reading!



10 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2018!

    1. The idea of myself in an arranged marriage is not something I’m okay with. However, I am genuinely fascinated by cultures that do it and find it fun to read and write about.
      Apparently, arranged marriages in India work out very well most of the time, which is why I wish more books portrayed it in a more positive light than they do. I’m trying to do that in The Nikolai Project, without making it seem like I am in complete support of being forced to marry someone you don’t know.

  1. Your reasoning behind that sounds very interesting. I’ve never thought about arranged marriages in the light that you see them.
    I do agree that most books describing arranged marriages make it seem like a horrible thing. I’m grateful that you’re writing about it in a better light. It will be a refreshing change from the stereotypical “I-don’t-want-to-marry-them” books (which are not always bad).

    1. Amira isn’t 100% okay with an arranged marriage, but she knows that marrying Nikolai will be better than anyone from her country. Her home country holds little respect for women, with polygamy being normal, but Nikolai’s country holds women in the highest regard. Amira simply acknowledges that he will help her escape the culture she so despises.
      And of course they end up in love, after they’re married. But it’s a long process.

    2. I want more books that don’t make arranged marriages sound like a humongous human rights violation. I don’t see it that way, although I acknowledge that some definitely do violate basic human rights, child marriage being Exhibit A. And while I personally don’t want one, my family knows multiple people whose arranged marriages have worked out very well.
      Literature really needs to show more of those and less of the “my father wants me to marry this abusive old man” arranged marriages.

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