JuNoWriMo and New Adult Projects

Hello! I met my wordcount goal today, so I’m feeling like I have the time (ha-ha) to blog. But, in fact, I do!

It’s nearly summer and that means that JuNoWriMo, the June Novel Writing Month, cousin to the popular November version, is here. I’ve “done” JuNo for a few years now, but I’ve yet to win it. June has proved to be super busy, so my odds of adding another 50,000 words to my WIP are maybe 50/50 at this point. I’d like to win a JuNo, but we’ll see. Either way, I love the push of daily wordcount goals and the extra solidarity of twitter friends doing wordsprints. It’s fun, it’s tweetable, and it’s a great way to focus on a new WIP.

This month, my goal is to finish drafting a new project. This winter, I started plotting a new series. It’s a pretty big shift from my paranormal stories, but I wanted something different. I chose New Adult for several reasons, but mostly, I like the shift in voice, conflicts, and the newness of the subgenre. Contemporary is a huge segment of Romancelandia, which means it’s wide open for lots of different types of stories.

I’m also experimenting with writing in first person present tense. Yes. Again, it’s different and a challenge and I like both of those things. I feel that it’s appropriate for the subgenre though as it allows for an immediacy and freshness to the point of view character. I plan to alternate POV between my hero and heroine, but so far, it’s been more like 70% heroine and 30% hero. Hm.

My story is set at a fictional university in Kentucky, where every June, students who completed their junior year of college meet to attend seminars and work on projects. They are all part of a scholarship program in Peace Studies called the (also fictional) Roussos Peace Institute. I’ve lightly plotted  and drafted about 10,000 words in the first story, but, weirdly, the story for the second couple just wouldn’t let go. So, that’s the one I’m working on this June.

I hope that you take the summer to try new things and attempt new challenges too. Wish me luck! I’ll be updating my wordcount goals on twitter.

Happy writing and reading! 🙂

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